We have entered that long haul of winter that comes after the holidays. No more sparkly lights or family celebrations, only thin sunlight and subzero temps. But spring is coming! The days are getting longer and we are gradually thawing out. Until the day comes when spring is in full bloom, it’s important to take good care of our bodies. The inability to get outside and enjoy the sunshine often takes its toll on our mental and emotional health as well as our physical health.
Staying active and being intentional about self-care will make a huge difference in our health during this often bleak and chilly season. Eating a balanced, organic diet, exercising regularly, and sleeping enough are the best way to equip your body and mind to be healthy. Sometimes, however, these things are not enough. Thankfully, there is lavender.
Lavender essential oil has been used for centuries to treat a multitude of ailments. From combating the plague to treating wounds to masking the terrible smells of medieval times, lavender has long been a medicinal staple. The plant originates in France and the Mediterranean, but can now be found all over the world.
This essential oil is particularly useful during the bleak winter months because it alleviates depression and anxiety, both of which are exacerbated by dreary weather and the inability to spend time in nature. Lavender also helps promote healthy sleep patterns and can even be used to soothe dry skin and lips.
A great way to take advantage of the uplifting properties of lavender is diffusing. As we have discussed before, inhaling essential oils allows them to directly access the part of the brain involved in emotional memories. Diffusing lavender will help boost feelings of well being and peace, and will also help alleviate stress and promote focus.
You can also apply 2-3 drops to Vita Flex points. This helps with migraines, pain, and regulates blood sugar. Studies have also shown that it combats cancer in the body.
One of the amazing things about lavender is that you can take it with you! If you need some quick aromatherapy, rub a couple drops in your hands, cover your mouth and nose, and inhale! Using lavender not only supports your mental and emotional health, you’ll also smell great and improve the health of anyone close enough to smell you.
As always, please consult with your doctor before using essential oils while you are pregnant. If you have questions, contact me! I am happy to help.
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