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Winter Is Wonderful With These Essential Oils.

Winter, arguably the most pleasant time of the year unless you live in the Arctic region, brings in its wake health issues like skin ailments, allergies, cold, cough, and flu. These ailments are generally triggered by micro organisms like bacteria, fungus, and virus that are present around us, and tend to multiply during this season. Moreover, as we remain cooped indoors to escape the cold outside, the increased concentration of these organisms inside can further add to our health woes.

So, how do you meet these health challenges? by using synthetic drugs? Well, the answer should be an emphatic No! For using synthetic drugs can mean inviting additional trouble in the form of myriad side effects.essential oils in winter aromatherapy

This is where the science of aromatherapy can help you in dealing with such ailments in a natural way. The essential oils extracted from flowers, roots, barks, and leaves of plants (or trees) have anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti viral, anti inflammatory, expectorant or decongestant properties. In fact, these have been used since ancient times in different cultures and civilizations around the world. The best part of using aromatherapy or essential oils is that, unlike synthetic drugs, these are relatively safe. However, you must go through essential oil classes or online aromatherapy consultation before using them.

The following essential oils can be of good help in combating the ailments that we face in winter.

Lavender:

The advent of winter means a preponderance of nasal congestion, cold and cough. Lavender, with its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant properties can be of help in treating head and muscular aches associated with a cold or flu. Also, the dry and cold wind in this season can leave your skin flaky and rugged with annoying crease lines. This condition can be alleviated by applying this particular essential oil in a diluted carrier thanks to its cell regenerative properties.

Cardamon:

The essential oil combines aromatic as well as therapeutic properties. It lends itself to be blended with other oils such as spice oils, wood oils, and citrus oils among others, and can be used for its energizing or mood enhancing effect. It can help to fight conditions like loss of appetite, stress, fatigue, and depression, not to mention its use as an aphrodisiac. Again, Cardamon essential oil should be used diluted in a carrier. You can receive proper training in using this oil by partaking in an aromatherapy workshop. Education is important in learning proper dilution guidelines in order to avoid unsafe practices that can create unwarranted health issues, especially in children.

Oregano:

The reason we often end up suffering from ailments during winter (and in other seasons as well) is our weak or compromised immune system. This is where Oregano with its powerful immune boosting properties can help us to fight winter induced ailments like cold, cough, and flu. In addition to strengthening our immune system, Oregano’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties can help in the decongestion of nose, throat, and chest. In fact, thanks to its multitudinous beneficial properties, the oil can be the perfect treatment for winter related ailments. Moreover, the oil can induce a feeling of calm leading to get a better sleep. Please note that this oils should be used with awareness due to its high phenol content.

Lemon:

The winter season aids the growth of microorganisms around us. Thus, the use of lemon oil to clean our surroundings of germs can be of help thanks to its powerful anti-bacterial quality. The mood enhancing ability of this citrus oil can help you to fight stress as well.

Peppermint:

We have often used this as a mouth freshener. However, its powerful mood enhancing quality can be used to fight stress and fatigue. Peppermint has an immune boosting property too, which if used after going through an aromatherapy workshop or essential oil classes, can be helpful in fighting health issues that we face during the winter season. The oil can provide relief from a headache caused due to sinus pressure.

Frankincense:

The oil’s immune boosting property can help you to fight ailments that are common in the winter season such as cold, cough, allergies, and flu.

Cinnamon:

The essential oil can be extracted from the bark as well as leaves, and can be mood stimulating. Keep in mind that the oil from the bark and the oil from the leaf have different safety concerns. It is better to diffuse the oil from the bark because it can be very irritating if applied to the skin. Importantly, the oil can be helpful in supporting the immune system and provides anti-viral properties.

Winter should be enjoyed and not to be spent huddled inside the room due to sickness. Make use of the aromatic or essential oils to combat the microorganisms that multiply during this time of the year, besides boosting your immune system. However, before you embark upon using these essential oils, learn about their right use through aromatherapy workshop or online aromatherapy consultation.

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