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10 Scents to Lift Your Spirits and Warm Your Winter Mood!



When the winter cold starts getting to you, try turning to some of these warming scents to lift your spirits!


Ginger

A plant native to Asia, ginger is a spice that has long since been recognized for its medicinal properties, and these qualities are reflected in its essential oils too.

The oil is created from distilling the root of the plant, which is the same part of the plant that is eaten. This gives the oil a hot and spicy aroma, making it perfect for the cold days of winter.

Ginger is also such an energizing scent and will help to keep your spirits high. This is so important in the winter, at a time when loneliness and depression are more common.

Wondering how strong the scent of this oil is?

That all depends on the quality of the oil, as well as how the plant was distilled. The better the quality, the stronger the scent. With that being said, even the strongest scented ginger essential oils can still be relatively light, especially when compared to the aroma of the root when it has been freshly sliced.

What’s the best way to make use of ginger essential oil? A diffuser is the easiest way to enjoy the distinct scent of ginger, especially since this means that you can easily create your own essential oil blend. Ginger works especially well with citrus oils, as this gives it a sweeter scent. Sweet orange oil, which will be discussed further down, is a great choice.


Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree and is known for its warm and sweet aroma.

It also brings with it several health benefits that are particularly important in the winter months, such as:

· Preventing colds and coughs

· Relieving pain

· Fighting off infections

· Boosting circulation

· Reducing stress

· Improving digestion

This is a great oil to use in a diffuser, because its earthy and spicy scent is one that tends to linger around in a room for hours.

One thing to know about cinnamon essential oil is that it features quite a strong scent, and it can often be overpowering when used on its own. Try mixing the cinnamon with sweet orange, jojoba or bergamot oil for a softer and more delicate fragrance.


Juniper Berry

With a sweet, woody and crisp aroma, juniper berry is known for being quite a stimulating scent. If you drink gin, then you will recognize the scent immediately, as these berries are what give gin its unique flavor.

This is a cleansing and purifying oil and was used for years by Native Americans to clean the air. It will give your immune system a boost, which is always helpful in the winter months.

In addition to cleansing, the scent of juniper berry is also a relaxing one, making it great at calming the mind and body while inducing sleep.

Try mixing this refreshing oil with one of the following to maximize its effects:

· Grapefruit

· Sweet fennel

· Cypress


Sweet Orange

Sweet orange is such a versatile essential oil, and with its uplifting scent, able to quickly disperse through a room. Although it is often referred to as just orange oil, make sure that you are not purchasing bitter orange oil, as this oil has different qualities.

Sweet orange oil is cheerful and happy, making it perfect for a gloomy winter’s day. It is commonly used in aromatherapy as a way to encourage feelings of warmth and happiness, as well as for detoxification purposes.

Unlike most other essential oils, which are extracted through steam distilling, sweet orange oil is usually cold pressed, with the oil coming from the rind of the fruit. While there are steam distilled versions available, a cold-pressed sweet orange oil is the one to go for.

Why? Because the heat produced by the steam in the distillation process degrades the content of citral within the oil, which is an important compound when it comes to the oil’s therapeutic properties.

Are you allergic to citrus fruits? If so, sweet orange oil is not one that you should be using. Even if you are just diffusing the oil into the air, it could still cause irritations or allergic reactions.





Clove Bud

Cloves are a spice that come from a tree native to Southeast Asia. There are three types of essential oils that can be created from cloves, and these are:

· Clove leaf oil

· Clove bud oil

· Clove stem oil

Which one is best? Many would say clove bud oil. This is because the leaves and the stems of the plant contain a much more potent chemical composition, which can often result in those oils causing irritations.

When it comes to medicinal uses, clove oil is known for its anesthetic, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, and is a popular remedy when it comes to soothing toothaches, mouth infections and even bad breath.

What about its scent? Warm and spicy, clove essential oils are able to help with common winter ailments, including colds, coughs and sinusitis. It can also help with digestive problems, such as nausea, making it quite the therapeutic oil. Not only that, but clove oil increases blood circulation, which can go a long way in boosting heart health during the winter.

All of these properties come down to the eugenol content within the oil, which makes up around 90% of the oil. This is what gives the oil its warming and stimulating qualities.

Want to create a clove oil blend? Clove oil works well with other spicy oils, such as cinnamon, as well as citrus and floral oils.


Nutmeg

Sweet, warm and slightly woody, nutmeg essential oil comes from the seeds of the Myristica fragrans tree, which is an evergreen tree that is native to Asia.

Its scent is quite a well-rounded one, being spicy and light but deep and musky at the same time. When used aromatically, this oil has the ability to boost circulation, which is so important in the winter.


Vanilla

Able to lower blood pressure and encourage a restful sleep, this is an oil often used in the evenings. For those who find that their sex drive tends to take a dive in the winter months, vanilla can help with this too.

How? Thanks to its aphrodisiac effects. The scent of the oil is also able to increase levels of estrogen and testosterone in the body, encouraging physical intimacy.

When purchasing vanilla essential oil, there is one important thing to keep in mind…

Many vanilla oils have been created synthetically. This is understandable when you consider the fact that vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world to produce.

Why is it so expensive? Because it is a difficult one to grow, and the drying, curing and extracting process is also extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive.

With that being said, synthetic versions of the oil only contain a tiny concentration of vanillin, which is the compound that gives the oil its therapeutic effects, as well as its distinct scent.

While it may be quite costly to purchase a natural vanilla oil, this is definitely worth it if you want to experience the spice’s true health benefits.


Scotch Pine

Distilled from the pine needles of the Pinus sylvestris tree, Scotch pine oil is woody, earthy and fresh, as well as incredibly warming. This is a cleansing and clearing oil, not only in terms of air quality but also when it comes to a cluttered mind. It is often used before a meditation session, as it uplifts the mood and clears away negative thoughts. It is also able to help reduce feelings of fatigue, which is something that many experience on a dreary winter’s day.

If you do decide to purchase Scotch pine oil, keep in mind that it contains around 90% monoterpenes. This means that the oil degrades easily when it comes into contact with heat or light, so you are best off storing your oil in the refrigerator.



There are hundreds of essential oils out there, but some are definitely better suited than others to the winter months. These ten warming oils are perfect for the colder season and will leave you better equipped to deal with all that the winter throws at you.


Written by: Laura Therrien (laurat@jj.team)


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