Aromatherapy Recipes for Combating Winter Stress and Blues

Aromatherapy Recipes for Combating Winter Stress and Blues

The winter solstice marks the longest night of the year.  Less light, cold days and the busy holiday season can leave some folk feeling exhausted and down.  Holiday eating and partying can leave one feeling sluggish.  This article contains aromatherapy recipes for combating winter stress and blues.

Stress may result in tiredness, headaches, insomnia, depression, infections, anxiety, high blood pressure and prolonged stress can lead to chronic conditions.  The following oils are well suited to help reduce the impact of stress.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Combating Winter Stress and Blues

Essential Oils to Reduce Physical Stress:

Rosemary, roman chamomile, marjoram, lavender, bergamot, thyme, geranium, fennel

Essential Oils to Reduce Mental Stress:

Geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, bergamot, grapefruit, cardamom, patchouli

Essential Oils to Reduce Emotional Stress:

Geranium, sandalwood, palma rosa, bergamot, vetiver, rose, cardamom

Aromatherapy Recipe Blends

General Use Blends:

Blend 1- 7 drops neroli, 3 drops lavender, 20 drops lemon

Blend 2- 9 drops bergamot, 11 drops geranium, 10 drops ginger

Depression/Guilt Blend:

15 drops geranium, 5 drops lavender, 10 drops bergamot

Anxiety Blend:

10 drops lavender, 10 drops geranium, 10 drops palma rosa

Insomnia Blend:

9 drops marjoram, 8 drops vetiver, 14 drops lemon

Tiredness Blend:

10 drops lemon, 5 drops clary-sage, 15 drops lavender

Digestive Problem Blend:

15 drops coriander, 10 drops grapefruit, 5 drops cypress

Muscular Pain Blend:

10 drops lavender, 5 drops rosemary, 15 drops cypress

Aches and Chills Blend:

10 drops lavender, 15 drops ginger, 5 drops cardamom

Low Immunity Blend:

10 drops vetiver, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops geranium

It is not recommended to place undiluted essential oils directly onto the skin.  Dilute the above blends in 2 ounces (60ml) or 4 tablespoons of a carrier oil to make a massage blend.   For a room spray dilute the recipe blend in 2-3 ounces of water and shake before each use.  The blends may be added to a bath.  Use 6-8 drops of the blend added to a full tub.   A simple to use alternative is to place a couple of drops on a tissue, cotton ball or handkerchief and place in your environment or smell directly from the bottle.


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