Melt the Winter Blues

It’s often cold and dreary here in central Iowa this time of year. If you’re anything like me, these lingering winter days void of all sunshine can bring on the winter blues. I’ve had a lot of depression due to Lyme disease and my hormones being wacked out (and then my ever-recurring Mono) and let’s just say depression is NO FUN and it’s something I really like to avoid.

So what do I do to melt my winter blues? I recently discovered a simple blend of two oils that I can wear to help uplift my spirits. That’s one of the reasons why I’m such a fan of aromatherapy. It’s something easy, completely natural, and non-stressful that I can do to help myself amidst my long list of often time consuming and tiring health “to do” lists. 

Back to those two oils that can help melt your winter blues: Ylang Ylang + Wild Orange (or any other citrus oil if you don’t happen to have wild orange).

If you aren’t familiar with these sweet smelling beauties, I’ve written out a few aromatherapy highlights about each one. I love using Dr. Axe as a resource for learning about oils and the information below is a culmination of what I learned from draxe.com/ylang-ylang/ and also the The Essential Life book (you can get it on Amazon here )

/////   Ylang Ylang*

-creates a calm, relaxing atmosphere
-natural mood enhancer and depression remedy
-helps release negative emotions
-mild sedative effects for some, energizing for others
-increase connected feeling with those around you

Here are a few other fun facts about Ylang Ylang…

-it means “flower of flowers”
-it is used as a flavoring and preservative in beverages
-the flowers are pollinated by night moths

/////     Wild Orange*

-helpful for balancing energy, invigorating
-uplifting for mood
-natural remedy for anxiety & nervousness

/////     How to use:

Apply 1 drop of ylang ylang essential oil and one drop of wild orange (or another citrus essential oil) to your diffuser pendant. Allow the oil a few seconds to absorb and then breathe in the aromatherapy benefits as you wear your pendant!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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