As the days shorten and the temperatures begin to fall our minds turn to thoughts of winter wear and winter holidays. As I was changing my essential oils in my vaporizer I realized that winter essential oils are an important part of keeping our skin, mind, and muscles healthy along with all the other winter things. I love the fresh crisp aroma in the spring and summer while I prefer a spicey and comfortable aroma in the fall and winter. Why is it we associate aroma with comfort, hugs, love, and home? In this blog, I would like to look at how essential oils may be one of today’s buzzwords but it is and always will be important to our lives year around and in the winter months.
Essential Oils as defined by Wikipedia “An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile (defined as “the tendency of a substance to vaporize”) aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils,aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An essential oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. The term essential used here does not mean indispensable as with the terms essential amino acid or essential fatty acid which are so called since they are nutritionally required by a given living organism. In contrast to fatty oils, essential oils typically evaporate completely without leaving a stain or residue.
Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. Other processes include expression, solvent extraction, sfumatura, absolute oil extraction, resin tapping, wax embedding, and cold pressing. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products.
Essential oils are often used for aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine in which healing effects are ascribed to aromatic compounds. Aromatherapy may be useful to induce relaxation, but there is not sufficient evidence that essential oils can effectively treat any condition. Improper use of essential oils may cause harm including allergic reactions and skin irritation, and children may be particularly susceptible to the toxic effects of improper use.”
I love that essential oil is the essence of the plant is taken from not a perfume or manmade. I find as a horticulturist that a lot of people do not understand the power of plants or how organics work. They often abuse them under the thought that they are good for everything and the environment, this is not the case. They can harm humans or the environment if overused or used incorrectly. Time to move on to the awesome side of essential oils off my soapbox.
I have used peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils for years for a natural pain reliever when added to soaks in Epson salts plus they smell amazing. So when you manage to sprain an ankle on a slick surface this fall or winter remember to soak your foot and ankle in hot water with Epson salt infused with peppermint and eucalyptus oil for about 20 minutes or until cool. Then follow the soak by an ice pack for 15 minutes on an affected area. Off for 15 minutes, then back to an ice pack for another 15 minutes.
There are four great essential oils that will drive the winter blues away pre Healthline
These include Sandlewood to ground and center you, Tea Tree Oil for your immunity, Lavender and Lemon Oil to boost mood. These oils have other uses and should be used according to the direction to avoid damage to your body.
The best four essential oils for your skin during the fall and winter according to mindbodygreen are as follows. First is Lavender for burns, scars and stretch marks, Sandalwood for soothing, softening and firming, Cedarwood for moisturizing, and Helichrysum for repairing and helping to prevent damage. These four essential oils should be apart of your skin care throughout the year.
There are many more essential oils that are nice to use in your home. I love a combination of cinnamon, clove, and ginger in my vaporizer to make my home smell spicy and inviting on cold damp days. Find your happy place but remember essential oils are more than a buzzword they are beneficial in your spa products and just as an essential oil. Visit our website to buy spa products made with all natural ingredients, no perfumes or dyes at www.balmfizz.com.