Beat the Winter Blues with Citrus Oils

by Maria on October 12, 2009


Citrus oilsAs the seasons change and temperatures drop, many people get the winter blues. 

Despite (or maybe because of) all the holidays, shorter days and cold weather can trigger varying levels of depression.  Some are even diagnosed with “Seasonal Affective Disorder,” a more severe form of seasonal depression.

If your happiness or general mood drops during the winter months, you may find some relief through essential oils.

The citrus oils in particular help bring a sense of sunshine and energy into your home and your heart.

Thanks to the bright, uplifting qualities of citrus, your home can feel energized and sunny even when it’s not-so-sunny outside.  Try diffusing a blend of citrus oils such as Lime, Grapefruit or Lemon essential oil.

You can also create a room spray or inhaler for concentrated use.  Remember to be aware of photo-sensitivity when working with citrus oils.  If you’re unsure about which are phototoxic, just stick to using products that won’t go on your skin.

Focus on associating the bright, sweet smell of citrus oils with warm thoughts of sunshine and summertime.

If you begin to feel blue during the winter months, what do you do to fight back?

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Maria Mora has worked on and off with Andrea Butje and Cindy Black since the inception of Aromatics International in 2006. With a background in writing and marketing, she enjoys assisting the talented Aromahead team with spreading their amazing wealth of knowledge. She looks forward to attending the Aromahead Institute's Aromatherapy Certification Program in the fall of 2008, and hopes that her next son waits to arrive until she's done with the last segment of the class.

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Tanya LaMothe October 12, 2009 at 11:14 am

I like/love a nice high quality mandarin essential oil for depression as well. When clients smell this oil they “giggle” :-))

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