We continue the “JOY” in January Blogging Event of the Natural Perfumers Guild, Suppliers and Associates to discuss uplifting scents and products to help those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.
Citrus essential oils are considered energizing aromas that lift the spirits by opening the heart and communications while easing stress and tensions. Did you know in a study using lemon oil in offices, there was a decline in clerical errors of 53%? Citrus oils help to create balance and harmony in blends, but lemon and grapefruit are also utilized for their detoxifying properties. Mandarin is used for its gentle properties for children, the elderly and pregnant women. Citrus oils have a rejuvenating effect on the skin and they are used in many skin, bath and hair care preparations. Citrus oils are also natural antiseptics, making them ideal for cleaning in the home.
(An energizing and refreshing morning synergy for the shower or use as a diffuser blend)
Mix essential oils and add to amber bottle.
Add 3-4 drops of above synergy to floor of a warm shower. Breathe in deeply.
You can also add 8-12 drops of this synergy into your diffuser before work.
Lemon – Energizing, clean & lively scent dispels sluggishness and lack of humor;
Lime – Refreshing and uplifting to a tired mind; revitalizing for depression;
Grapefruit – Uplifting, balancing to the emotions, brightening up dark depressive moods, promotes confidence.
Mandarin-Red – Strengthening, inspiring, and soothes frayed nerves.
Rosemary – Although not a citrus oil, used in this recipe to compliment the citrus oils. It’s stimulating, uplifting, revitalizing, and aids concentration.
The topical use of citrus oils needs to be used with caution regarding the sun and tanning beds. Do not apply directly on the skin before going out into the sun or using a tanning bed as it can cause a severe sunburn. I can’t stress enough about reading and checking out the properties of any essential oil you are going to use. This is where knowing whether it is an expressed or distilled oil would be beneficial, but I still think it is better to be safe and not use them before venturing out for an all day marathon at the beach or tanning salon.
Here’s an interesting study using Bergamot essential oil to diminish stress in the workplace: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2011/946537/
I just could not resist adding this comment from my sister-in-law, who is also an elementary school teacher, after she read the above research:
“Sounds great!!!! We need it in giant salt-lick form!!!!!!
We could set up stations in the teacher’s lounge, the cafeteria, and the ladies room!!!!!
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3. There is a prize give-away each day beginning Monday, January 16th through Wednesday, January 18th. You will need to post a comment each day to be eligible for the prizes. Winners announced on Thursday – January 19th.
4. Arlys Naturals is located in the U.S. and ships to U.S. addresses only, so we will only be able to ship to participants in the U.S. At this time, we do not ship to Canada or any other international country – sorry.
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