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Winter is a great time to experience the aromatic benefits of essential oils -- to cleanse and freshen the air in a home shut tight against cold weather. The familiar scents of seasonal oils also define many warm holiday moments.
Winter season essential oils include woody, evergreen, citrus, spice and resin oils. The aroma of your holiday greenery is captured in fir needle, juniper berry and cypress oils. The delectable smell of spice cake and gingerbread come to mind when savoring spice oils like clove, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Pungent, fresh citrus oils including sweet orange, tangerine, bergamot and lemon evoke memories of old fashioned citrus pomanders or that perfect orange, tucked in the toe of your Christmas stocking. Meditate on the heartwarming holiday message of peace and goodwill with the richly balsamic fragrance of frankincense and myrrh. What follows are directions, descriptions and suggested uses for three wintertime aromatherapy blends. Use these blends to melt the frozen spirit of the most steadfast Scrooge or revive hibernating couch potatoes.
As the gray days grow shorter and the dark nights grow longer we long for the life and light of warm sunny days. In ancient times people brought cut fragrant branches of evergreens like mistletoe, holly, pine and fir nside to release their lively aromas. Though the outside world was cold and barren, the subtle sense of life and renewal waiting beneath the snow emerged from these boughs to cheer winter-weary hearts.
Sweet Evergreen Forest Blend
This blend will produce a fresh, sweet, foresty atmosphere when diffused in an aromatherapy lamp, electric diffuser or terra cotta tree ornament. The blend's balsamic, evergreen fragrance and sweet citrus-woody undertone is refreshing and uplifting.
Citrus and Spice Blend
In the days before air shipment and large scale trucking networks, fresh fruit was a rare and expensive treat in the depths of winter. A single fresh orange was considered a special gift -- or an orange might be studded with cloves, rolled in ground spices and carefully dried to preserve its pungent aroma for months to come. The bright scent of citrus and spice can melt the feelings of lethargy that often accompanies winter. The uplifting aroma of this spicy citrus blend is reminiscent of a clove-studded orange. Add 12 drops per ounce of tepid water and mist the air throughout your home.
A Meditative Blend
Imagine it's midnight on Christmas eve; or that it's the eve of the winter solstice, halfway through the longest night of the year when the earth shifts and begins a slow, silent tilting back to the warmth and light of the sun. In the quiet darkness the faint sound of church bells may be heard through a frosted pane of glass. The solemnity and beauty of this moment is truly a time to think globally and meditate on peace and goodwill.
This rich, frankincense and myrrh based blend is well suited to the spiritual renewal and meditation that accompany winter. Its rich, sweet aroma is meditative and relaxing. Diffusion with a candle aromatherapy lamp is especially appropriate for this blend.
Make these winter aromatherapy blends a traditional part of your seasonal celebrations. From year to year their characteristic aromas will permeate your memories of the joy and peace that this season brings.