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Winter Blues Anyone? There’s An Oil for That!

The depth of dark winters past and future in the northern hemisphere where winter encapsulates us and dims our sunshine for at least 120 some days a year does have an effect on many people that some would term the winter blues or a mild depression. If this is you or someone you know, perhaps a trip to the southeast or southwest will cure you at least for a bit because of the intense sunshine that is available there. However, if you reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or anywhere in the northern part of the United States, and aren’t planning a trip south, you may be stuck in the darkness for the season.
That doesn't mean you are without aid. As I have often found remedies in the form of essential oils for many things, I have discovered some particular scents that help elevate the senses and the mood rather quickly. Please note that all four of these essential oils, while safe as a dietary supplement for adults in the form of 1 drop to 4 oz. of soymilk or milk, should not be consumed by children less than 6 years of age and more highly diluted for young children over the age of 6 years.
Lemon – this essential oil is a bright smell of sunshine right out of the bottle! The citrus properties in this essential oil are elevating and mood enhancing. This essential oil is great to clean with and provides a fresh lemony scent throughout the entire room when used on counter tops or floors in the kitchen or bathroom. A few drops in water are all that is needed. Lemon essential oil can also be added to drinking water as long as it is in a glass or stainless steel container. Plastic bottles and tumblers should be avoided at all costs when using any essential oil because the plastic will be damaged by the chemicals in the oils and end up in the water.
Frankincense – this is an amazingly interesting and intriguing essential oil. Frequently used in temple worship by the ancient Israelites, this essential oil crosses the blood brain barrier when applied topically to the body. Recently, I used this oil by applying it to the roof of my mouth when I was suffering from a migraine headache and it dissipated within the hour, relieving me of much pain. Frankincense can also be used aromatically in a diffuser to enhance the environment in the home. French medicinal uses have it listed as useful for depression, applying it either topically or diffusing it aromatically.
Bergamot – is an essential oil that is known to be helpful with emotional balance, relieving anxiety and depression, stress and tension. It has an uplifting and refreshing effect when diffused in the air or applied neat (with no dilution) to the forehead, temples or reflex points. This oil can also be added to food or water and consumed. Caution should be taken when using repeatedly to avoid direct sunlight or UV light.
Wild Orange – this beautiful citrus oil is an uplifting scent that can be easily diffused into the air, simultaneously calming and uplifting to the mind. It can also be applied neat (with no dilution) to the temples or reflex points. Another way to experience this oil is to apply one drop in the palm, rub hands together and inhale. Ah, the sweet smell oranges are enough to make anyone smile!

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