Aromatherapy Tips for Winter
Winter is here !
Winter is definitely upon us, it is cold outside and the sudden drop in temperature can bring on the winter sickness, colds, and coughs. The cooler windy conditions and staying indoors can dry out our skin.
Essential oils are a wonderful addition to living a chemical-free lifestyle. The internet is full of misinformation and unsafe guidelines surrounding essential oil usage. The information below is a guideline to help you through the winter months. If you have any medical conditions, pregnant, young or old please seek out a professional aromatherapist to help you on your essential oil journey. One size does not fit all.
WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?
Aromatherapy is a holistic art blending essential oils to promote health and wellness which is well researched and documented by health professionals (view PubMed). Essential oils are plant based extracts carefully distilled into liquid.
Tip: aromatherapy usage does NOT replace pharmaceutical drugs. Speak to your health practitioner.
Immune Boosting Aromatherapy
Diffusing essential oils to boost the immune system or help combat the cough and bugs can be very supportive during the winter months. Listed below are a few of my favourites:
Safe for the whole family.
Kanuka (Kunzea ericoides) from New Zealand.
Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) from New Zealand.
True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) from Australia.
Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia) from Australia.
GUIDE FOR DIFFUSING AROUND CHILDREN
Follow the diffuser instructions on how to operate the machine. 60 minutes is adequate and not to cause Olfactory Fatigue.
Children below 6 months: 1 drop in the diffuser (in a different room).
Children up to the age of 6 years: 1 drop in the diffuser.
Children between ages 7 - 12 years: 2 drops in the diffuser.
Jojoba seed oil which is a carrier oil, is perfect to use as a daily day and night moisturiser. The constitution matches the sebum of your natural skin oil. Add in a drop of True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) for added therapeutic benefits. 1 drop of essential oil to 5 ml of carrier oil is sufficient for normal skin types.
During winter your hands can be exposed to coldness. Keep your hands warm with some toasty gloves or choose the warming Ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil to massage into the hands and feet. Step into an aromatherapy bath to relax and warm the body.
During the colder dark days, your mood may need a little boost. Diffusing citrus essential oils (mandarin, lemon, sweet orange, tangerine) can uplift the mood, put a spring in your step, motivate you to get things done and keep the winter blues at bay.
LET US SUPPORT YOU ON YOUR ESSENTIAL OIL JOURNEY
Meet with Sarah, a qualified clinical aromatherapist (DIP) via phone, Skype or at our clinic in the inner west of Sydney.
Discuss your health and wellness goals and we will develop a customised plan to meet your needs. Check out our website for more information.
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