Essential Oils for Each Season
The body’s senses stimulate the brain’s external awareness, but they also rouse the memory and our internal feelings. They evoke the human spirit in preparation for ever-changing circumstantial and environmental conditions in our daily lives. With life’s landscapes evolving so rapidly, we need new ways to provide elements of grounding in our personal and ambient domains.
Without an anchor, we can get lost in the current and washed out with the tide. We feel the outside pressures affecting our normal routines and we suffer internally from the upheaval. Stress then sickness settles in, and life just grows more hectic as the seasons change. We look for ways to re-establish the balance
Seasonal essential oils are natural and an accessible aid in calming moods and bringing restorative balance to cleanse our jujus and personal spaces. They are also known to boost the immune system. Any essential oil, especially our favourites, can be used all year, but some oils are a perfect match for each season.
Springtime brings to mind an awakening from winter’s slumber and a renewal of life. The imagery of hillside greenery, earthy fields of pastel blossoms, and fresh, clean scents flood the senses as we stretch away the gloom of a wintery landscape.
Some essential oils that remind us of the springtime are basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, German chamomile, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, manuka, orange, parsley, spearmint, tea tree, ylang-ylang, and zuzu.
The warmth of spring gives way to the heat of the summer months, sun-kissed skin, and the refreshing palate of summertime fruits dancing on the tongue to usher in the summertime season. Whether sipping lemonade by the pool or rubbing lemon oil into the skin, citrus is quintessentially summer, and citrus oils are a seasonal must-have.
Other summertime essential oils to have in the aromatherapy tool kit are blue cypress, chocolate peppermint, citronella, coriander, grapefruit, hyssop, juniper berry, lime, mandarin, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, and violet leaf.
Then, as the lazy summer days wane into the waxing autumn season, the reaping of the harvest bounty gets underway, and the crisp autumn leaves fall from the trees, we try to capture the spirit of transition from the picturesque world of yesteryear to the modern world of today and the busy hubbub that has become our lives.
Gone are the days of canning the home garden’s harvest, preserving jars of late summer fruit jams, and baking endless cobblers, pies, and home-made loaves of bread. Yet, we still value the reminiscent, bygone trips to grandma’s house and the simplicity of that natural DIY lifestyle.
A selection of essential oils to preserve such fond memories are allspice, beeswax, black pepper, cassia, cinnamon, coffee, dill, ginger, nutmeg, sage, star anise, and vanilla.
And then the sweeping chill of the winter air and glistening snow herald in the magic of the holiday season as we ready our homes and steady our mindset for Christmas and the gathering of loved ones.
Some winter greats to celebrate are bay laurel, cardamom, cedarwood, clove bud, fir needle, frankincense, marjoram, myrrh, peppermint, scotch pine, spruce, sweet orange, thyme, and vetiver.
Many essential oils benefit us all year long and, therefore, they’re a great staple to stock in the cupboard, such as citrus oils. Others are bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, and ylang-ylang oil.
Essential oils soothe the senses and replay our memories to bring smiles, comfort, stability, and a revival of balance to our emotions. Essential oils are natural, readily available, and can be conveniently ordered online from home. Picking favourites can be hard, so why not try some pre-packaged sets to start the aromatherapy journey?