Fragrant Healing-Essential Oils for Fatigue

At this time of year things start to get busy.  We are no sooner through Halloween and Bonfire night than we start to focus on Chistmas and not forgetting Thanksgiving for my American friends.  Exciting though this is, in Ayurveda terms this is the season when our bodies need to be more quiet, and introspective, just like the rest of nature.  Yet society demands otherwise. 

In times gone by our ancestors would sleep longer in the shorter days but artificial lights mean that we are no longer in tune with the rhythms of the seasons.  The result may be fatigue.  

So how can essential oils help with fatigue?  Essential oils can reduce stress and anxiety which leads to fatigue.  Please see 'Fragrant healing-Essential oils for anxiety and immunity'- Lavender essential oil can also help you get a better night's sleep which can help reduce fatigue (sprinkle a few drops on your pillow).   

Pine essential oil is good for relieving exhaustion - it is best used via steam inhalation.  To do this place 3 drops essential oil in a bowl of hot water.  Place a towel over your head,  and with your face about 30cm from the bowl inhale the steam - drape the towel around the bowl so that the steam does not escape and close your eyes.

Essential oils such as cinnamon and rosemary essential oils can stimulate blood flow to your brain which helps with fatigue. Place one drop of the essential oil on a cotton pad and inhale once through each nostril for an instant pick me up.  This is because when we inhale the essential oil molecules act on the olefactory organs in the nose which link directly to the brain. 

Peppermint essential oil is a great energizer - use diluted on your temples, back of your neck, in a diffuser or your morning bath.

Other essental oils that boost your mental energy and relieve fatigue include  ginger, orange, lemongrass, eucalyptus and bergamot. Use in a diffuser-  try 4 drops lemongrass with 2 drops black pepper or make your own blends up.

Do not use these stimulating essential oils near to bedtime - you may be up all night!!

Safety note - do not use essential oils without professional advice if you are pregnant or have any medical condition.

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