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Overcome SAD with essential oils
The winter months can be a hard time for those that are fans of the summer. Not only is the temperature lower and the weather wetter, but the lack of light can also affect your mood.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that can cause people to feel down, tired and lethargic throughout the winter months. It has been linked to the lack of sunlight affecting the release of serotonin, this can alter a person's mood, sleeping pattern and appetite.
However, there are natural ways that you can boost your mood and overcome your SAD. Using natural oils can help you to relax and make you happier when you are suffering from the winter blues.
Rose oil can be incredibly beneficial to help lift the mood and overcome feelings of depression. It is also helpful for periods of stress and anxiety as it helps to relax the mind, which can help you to let things go. Once you are no longer weighed down by negative thoughts, you may find that you feel much happier.
Try adding rose oil to a bath or oil burner and setting some time aside to just relax. The fragrance will help ease your mind the longer you smell it and will leave you feeling revitalised.
To help revitalise both mind and body, cinnamon oil is particularly good. This is also a great oil as it tends to be used in many different products throughout the winter festive season. It is quite a pungent oil and so should only be used in small concentrations.
Again it is particularly nice when placed in an oil burner as it will give your home a lovely warm smell, which many people find wholesome. It can also be used in massage - although it should be diluted - where it will help to warm the muscles and work out any knots.
This oil is particularly beneficial for depression that is accompanied by stress. While SAD can leave you feeling tired, being stressed at the same time can make it difficult to get a good night's sleep. Ylang Ylang helps to relax the mind and body and can help you to drift off naturally, which is often the best thing for stress and depression.
Try using it in a bath or sprinkling a few drops onto your pillow to help you to relax and aid better sleep. Once you have gotten your full eight hours, you'll find that you feel refreshed and relaxed when you wake up.
Ginger is a powerful oil that has been used for years for the treatment of both physical and mental fatigue. As SAD often makes you feel lethargic, ginger is a great one for use in the mornings, when you need that get-up-and-go feeling.
Just like cinnamon, its scent is very warm and comforting and so can help to reduce worries and stress. Use it in an oil burner to help you wake up. You can also put a few drops onto a tissue for use throughout the day if you start to feel exhaustion creeping in.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks