This past week, we have had few days in Upstate New York that were positively pleasant. This induced a bit of “spring fever” in myself and my fellow New Yorkers. In typical and temperamental New York weather style, just as we got used to wearing lighter jackets, the temperature abruptly shifted from 60 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Well, at least we got a whiff of warmth and what it feels like to “de-bundle up!” I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for more!
Spring is in the air… eventually!
To celebrate the end of the winter season, I want to discuss five essential oils to help assist you in calming and rejuvenating your body, mind, and spirit after a long, cold winter. I’m going to start with one of our favorite sacred oils and an oil universally known to be calming, immune supporting, and that has evidence of modulating our brain’s response patterns!
1. Frankincense: The positive effects of this essential oil on the body, mind, and spirit has been redeemed since ancient times. As I wrote in my recent blog:
Sacred trees have been honored in religious and spiritual traditions throughout history. I’ve written previously about the famous trio of ancient essential oils that were brought to the Christ Child in biblical times…
Recent evidence has demonstrated that beyond its spiritual effects, frankincense also has a wide array of actions that support us physically. You can read more about these properties here.
2. Lavender: We know that smell effects our physiology, and using the this acclaimed essential oil has been shown to modulate our stress response and can help to slow down our run-away emotional brain.
This will allow us to move out of our “fight and flight response” and provide our brains access to more rational and constructive responses for the new season.
Suggested uses for frankincense and lavender for spring preparation:
- Diffuse either or both of these essential oils in the home to promote relaxation, unwind, and to enhance meditation.
- Add a drop to your beauty routine.
- Apply 1-2 drops of frankincense or lavender to areas of muscle tension and soreness. (Use a carrier oil if needed.)
- Inhale frankincense for a grounding aroma that will calm the “squirrely mind” and help you to refocus.
- Diffuse lavender at night for peaceful sleep.
3. An Immune Blend Oil. I’ve written about the role of toxins and chemicals on our health and how essential oils not only are for greener living, but also support our bodies’ wellness at the same time. This is profoundly true for a blend of essential oils that work together in synergy.
4. Blue Cypress: This oil can put a spring in your step and mood. It is known for its phytoncide content, which have been shown to be the mediators of the immune modulating and stress relieving effects associated with “forest bathing.” Read about that here. I suggest diffusing this oil regularly.
Lime is perfect for making water “less boring” as you boost your wellness quotient. Use it to lure yourself to increase your water consumption. This will help your body stay hydrated and optimally functioning for the upcoming outdoor activities. Add a drop in 16oz of water and enjoy!
Here’s to a happier, calmer, and healthier spring!
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.