Aromatherapy Blends for Winter Blues

Welcome to a new year! Each month throughout 2018, I will be giving you three blends (one each for physical, emotional, and spiritual issues), based upon the season and/or month. I hope that it will introduce newcomers to the world of aromatherapy to pursue more aromatherapy studies, and for those who already have an interest in aromatherapy, I hope that it encourages you to learn more! Happy blending!

Winter Blues Aromatherapy Blend

The Holidays are over and we can often enter the month of January stressed out from the festive season, and facing the prospect of a “dark” month, in more ways than one, before spring dawns again. It’s easy to get depressed, or just down right “blue” at this time of year. Here’s a little pick-me-up to be enjoyed in a warming, winter bath. Use just a 1% dilution to avoid any possible skin sensitivity.

Essential Oils Chosen: Ylang ylang for depression, stress, and insomnia; geranium for anxiety and balance; vetiver for calming.

  • 8 oz Epsom salts

  • 15 drops ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil

  • 23 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

  • 10 drops vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) essential oil

    optional: 1 teaspoon solubol-dispersant such as this one.

How to Use:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a suitable container. Add one to two teaspoons of the salts to a warm bath. Swirl around in water to mix before stepping into the bath.

Cautions for Use:

For adult use only. Possible skin sensitivity in some individuals.

Focus Your Intentions Aromatherapy Blend

A new year is often filled with new year resolutions. Many of those resolutions are forgotten before January is through. Try mediating (or just sitting quitely) with the following diffusion blend to focus your intentions for the year ahead, whatever they might be. This recipe makes approximately 3 ml of blend.

Essential Oils Chosen: Frankincense to slow the breath; basil to give clarity; sandalwood to calm; bergamot to uplift and carry forward intentions.

  • 30 drops frankincense (Boswellia carteri) essential oil

  • 25 drops basil (Ocimum basilicum) essential oil

  • 20 drops sandalwood (Santalum album) essential oil

  • 35 drops bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oil

How to Use:

Mix the essential oils together in a glass bottle with an orifice reducer. Add between 5 and 10 drops to a suitable aromatherapy diffuser. Consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for use.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid diffusing around those who are pregnant, young children and babies, and pets. Diffuse in a well-ventilated space.

Smooth Hands Aromatherapy Blend

Winter weather can be unkind to your skin, with winter winds, rain, snow, and freezing temperatures. Hands tend to suffer the most, unless we remember to wear gloves. This skin smoothing blend will help to keep your hands free from chapping, and prepare them for warmer, spring days. Use just a 1% dilution to avoid any possible skin sensitivity; increase to 2% if the situation dictates.

Essential Oils Chosen: Palmarosa for moisturizing and stimulation of skin cell regeneration; geranium for all types of skin care; amyris to fix the blend; cedarwood for drying skin conditions.

  • 8 oz unscented cream base*

  • 20 drops palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) essential oil

  • 10 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

  • 10 drops amyris (Amyris balsamifera) essential oil

  • 8 drops cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil

* I recommend using a cream base for this blend as it contains more oil and it not as drying as water-based lotions.

How to Use:

Mix the essential oils well into the cream base in a suitable container. Apply as needed to the hands.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid use in pregnancy.

The Study of Aromatherapy

To learn more about how aromatherapy blends are used in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

  • The author of this article has a 20 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens.

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