Walking in the woods is one of my favourite things to do. I love being surrounded by trees, they bring me a sense of calm and stillness and make me feel peaceful. For me personally, it is one of the best remedies for feeling sad. There is something very grounding and restorative about the energy of old trees and being surrounded by natural beauty. Whether it be a tall elegant fir, a fragrant pine or a rambling rose, there is always beauty and healing to be found in nature’s gardens.
It isn’t always easy to escape to nature, so my oils offer me a wonderful way to get closer to the healing properties of trees, leaves and flowers without leaving the house! As the days get shorter, I find myself reaching for my favourite essential oils more often. You can choose to use your oils in a burner, add them to your bathwater or body moisturiser. How ever you use them, essential oils offer a quick and easy way to enjoy nature’s healing energies. Here are just some of my favourite oils for promoting positivity and brightening the mood.
Cardamom – If you’re feeling sluggish, lethargic or lacking in energy, cardamom will energise and inspire. A comforting and stabilising oil, cardamom is useful for nervous exhaustion and worry. If you’re feeling lost or disconnected, cardamom oil is a wonderful choice. Cardamom blends beautifully with rose or rose geranium – they are both recommended for lifting the spirits and restoring feelings of positivity. Try a few drops in one tbsp of apricot kernel oil and massage into the body. Alternatively, add a few drops to your bathwater. (Try using 1 tbsp of our unscented bath milk as a great base for your essential oils)
Patchouli – A very grounding oil, patchouli is used to help people who feel detached from themselves. Calming and comforting, patchouli is used in aromatherapy to help those fraught with overthinking and chronic anxiety. It’s ability to relax, calm and uplift make it the perfect choice for people who struggle with stress. Try a drop in your burner or your bathwater. Start with one drop as it’s aroma is very potent!
Ylang ylang – Ylang ylang is a natural perfume in it’s own right. Beautifully fragrant, this oil is ideal for anyone feeling restless, fearful or any feelings of stagnation. Try combining it with patchouli oil for a really heavenly aroma. I love using this oil in just about everything!
Frankincense – Frankincense is a powerful stress reliever. It helps to promote peacefulness and stillness of mind so is ideal for anyone feeling overwhelmed or overworked. This wonderful oil can easily be used in a burner and is often the oil of choice for meditation. Try a few drops with red mandarin oil in your bathwater.
Lemon – I always call this sunshine in a bottle. The bright, happy energy of lemon is perfect for lifting the mood and it complements so many other oils. I love adding a drop or two of it to most of my blends. It harmonises well with many other aromas and will bring any blend some sunshine energy. Take care if you use this on your skin, it needs to be diluted well and is best used at bedtime. Try one drop in your moisturiser or add it to a foot balm and rub into the soles of your feet before bed. This is probably one of the oils I use the most!
Essential oils give us direct access to mother nature and all she has to offer in her incredible healing garden. Essential oils give us an instant way to breathe in the cooling calm air of a pine forest, or the sweet joy of a rose garden in the height of summer. Aromas work on the mind and emotions, helping us to escape a sometimes tired body and heavy heart.
We’d love to hear about your favourites too!
Lindsey Anne Hedges MIFPA
Please note that some essential oils are not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you are in any doubt, please contact us as we’re always happy to offer advice. NB. None of the information provided is intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any medical conditions. If you require health advice, please seek the help of a medical professional.