Today is the last day of the “JOY” in January Blogging Event of the Natural Perfumers Guild, Suppliers and Associates. We’ve been discussing uplifting scents and products to help those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.
Don’t let the dark days and nights of winter put you in a slump. Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D. is a mood disorder or depression that can drain your energy and cause extreme stress.
One of the most versatile and well-known essentials oils for stress is Lavender and no home should be without it. More than 30 different types of Lavender oils and blends are traded on the world markets. You may not know this but the enchanting floral scent of Lavender is unique to each variety of plant within the same species, due to its chemical structure, depending on type grown, or harvested in different ways or locations. Their aromas can range from a sweet floral aroma to a strong camphorous scent. There are so many uses for Lavender that I’m mentioning only a few here. Lavender is strongly anti-fungal, as well as being able to inhibit a wide range of bacterial infections, including staph, strep, pneumonia and most flu viruses.
Aromatherapy can help ease stress by surrounding yourself with some of the mood lifting essential oils listed here:
Lavender, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Coriander, Neroli, Bergamot, Jasmine, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Orange Bitter, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, Balsam Fir, Rosemary, Juniper, Peppermint, Tangerine, Rose and Ylang Ylang. While this isn’t a complete list, these are well-known essential oils for helping with stress, anxiety, and depression issues. Personally, I also love using Blood Orange, as it seems to add a bit of happiness to every blend.
Here’s a simple body oil recipe to try when you need to refresh your spirits.
Harmony Body Oil
(Ease frustration and irritability by re-connecting the senses)
Mix essential oils and add to 1 oz. Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Use as an all over restorative massage oil.
Don’t have time for a full body massage?
Use this blend on the soles of the feet for its stress-relieving properties.
The soles of the feet are a quick absorption site for essential oil blends.
A big thank you for everyone’s comments and the opportunity to share and learn more about this disorder and how others struggle to cope with it. I hope aromatherapy can in some small way continue to add “Joy” and illuminate your journey throughout the rest of the year. Don’t forget to check back on Thursday for the listing of the Arlys Naturals – Aromatherapy Contessa prize give-aways.
Please join us in sharing this blogging event. Just be sure to post your comment and be automatically entered to win a prize daily. I’ve copied the blogging requirements below:
1. When you comment, just give your first name and first initial of last name or a nickname (ISP eg., gmail) and location. That way, when we announce the winners on Thursday January 19th, we’ll make sure we have the correct participant. You must claim your prize by email by midnight on Saturday, January 21st. At that time and we will exchange full name and shipping information.
2. A participant can post as anonymous, but that will make you ineligible for the prize drawing.
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.
Be sure to visit the links below for more uplifting information on the power of scent and free give-aways:
For further reading on Seasonal Affective Disorder, click on these links: