Some people may find it challenging to cope with the changing seasons. If you love the warm sun and days at the beach, winter can be a tough pill to swallow. And if you are a fan of hitting the slopes, the sticky heat of summer may turn your stomach. If you are coping with seasonal problems that may not be serious health concerns, but that make it tough to climb out of bed in the morning, consider a few of the following essential oil remedies. Natural oils are a great way to improve physical and mental well-being, especially if your injury or condition is not severe enough to require pharmaceuticals.
Easing Sweat with Essential Oils
Geranium Oil is a great way to reduce the irritation of sweat all year long, but you may be especially thankful for it during the warm summer months. This works well with palm sweating, as well as underarm sweat. Mix it with a base oil and rub it on your skin. It dries the skin and gives it a fresh, clean smell.
Cypress Oil cools the skin and has an astringent effect. It will feel as if the perspiration is evaporating from your skin when you apply this essential oil. Cypress oil effects your nervous system which makes this oil great for nervous sweats. The calm emotions it evokes will leave you feel confident and dry.
Tea Tree Oil is a diverse oil that is great for a number of ailments, including foot sweat and underarm sweat. It protects against the growth of fungi and bacteria, creating a healthier environment for those areas of the body that tend to get moist. Some find this moisture leads to a type of heat rash, especially when temperatures rise. Women may want to rub tea tree oil in the area under and between their breasts, in the crook of their thigh, under their arms, and any other area where the folds of the skin do not permit airflow. Men can do the same in their problem areas.
Sunburn While sunburn prevention is the best way to keep skin healthy and feeling good, there are times you forget to reapply sunblock and you are left with an uncomfortable burn. Common remedies include aloe lotion, cocoa butter, and ice baths, but there are essential oils that can make these well-known remedies work even better. The natural oils help skin heal while easing the pain and discomfort of the burn.
Sometimes nothing works better to ease sunburn than a cool bath. To make the bath even more comfortable, add 20 drops of lavender and chamomile oil to the tub. You can also use just 25 drops of lavendar oil for a similar effect. Be sure to keep soaking time to around 10 – 15 minutes because water can have a drying effect on the skin, which is the last thing you want with burned skin. Bergamot oil is also a great addition to bathwater.
Calendula oil is another great method for coping with burned skin. Twenty drops in the bath helps relieve pain, or you can add it to fragrance free gel or lotion. Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties help skin heal quickly, and applying it in lotion form keeps skin moist. For added cooling, store the gel or lotion in the refrigerator.
Finally, you can apply peppermint oil to sunburned skin. Think of the cooling feeling your mouth has when munching on a peppermint candy or sipping peppermint tea. That same cooling effect will feel marvelous on your skin when it is burned. Dilute pure oils with a base oil or add the oil to lotion.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Winter is not the only time you can use essential oils to cope with frustrations and health issues. When the days grow gray and cold, essential oils will help you cope. Those suffering from seasonal affective disorder, which is often worse during days that are short and dark, can benefit from exercising, socializing, and a healthy diet. However, if that is not enough, you can use essential oils to lessen your symptoms. Boil water and add peppermint, ylang ylang, thyme oil, or lemon oil. You can leave the pot on your stove for 20 minutes twice a day to have the scent permeate the entire house. If you need a stronger pick me up, place your head over the pot (away from the stove!) and cover your head and shoulder with a towel. Relax and inhale the scent for 5 – 10 minutes. You need to use care when working around the boiling hot water, but this is a quick fix when you are feeling depressed due to the climate or lack of sunlight.
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Injuries and Muscle Strains
While hitting the slopes may be your idea of a good time, it can result in muscle strain and injury. Less fun are those injuries that come from shoveling snow. Aches and pains may be worsened due to the cold temperatures. If you find your muscles feeling less than supple, try a massage with pure essential oils. The manipulation of the skin and muscle tissue will get blood circulating, which speeds healing. The tissue will also be warmed from the touch which loosens it and helps it feel softer. The addition of the oils will enhance the massage experience. Oils to try include peppermint, rosemary, black pepper oil, cypress, marjaram, petitgrain oil, or vetiver oil.
Essential oils may not solve every seasonal problem you face, but combined with other natural remedies and stress reduction techniques, pure essential oils will lesson your symptoms and help you cope.