Essential Oil and the Winter
Resist it all you will, but the winter months have begun to descend on us. And while we may be blessed with a relatively mild winter in the bulk lucky land (Tasmanians, we empathise), there are some realities to these seasons that can wreak havoc upon our health and our home’s ambience.
With the windows shut to keep out the chill, and the heater running, the air quality becomes more stagnant. Rooms hosting heat and moisture, like the toilet and kitchen, are not as well ventilated in the winter months. The prevalence of this moisture can encourage the growth of mould, which even in small amounts, can impact upon the scent and enjoyment that you get out of your home each day.
This reality is augmented by the fact that you are suddenly spending considerably more time indoors than during the warmer months. With this increase in exposure to your homes’ atmosphere, you might begin to take notice of its atmosphere more so. The chill, meanwhile, prevents you from properly ventilating your home throughout the all but the warmest parts of the day.
To wit, it can pay to invest in some atmosphere-improving scents, to enhance your enjoyment of your own four walls this winter. Here at N-essentials, we pride ourselves on providing a service which offers more than just the raw materials – we want to provide a roadmap, to allow you to get the very most out of your home throughout the seasons.
What are you contending with?
The winter months vary weather-wise up and down the coast. In New South Wales, the cool is often mixed with relatively dry air flowing across the continent. In Victoria, the rains dominate, along with a considerable shortfall of proper sunshine.
Your own methods of heating your home play an important role as well. What you wind up using in your diffuser is dependent on the specific circumstances that you encounter in your home. The dry heat of a centralised heating system can cause a completely different atmosphere to individual plug-in heaters which dominate many homes, and where dampness can be notable.
If you are contending with the dry, consider yourself lucky. A lack of moisture is preferable in the home, as you are less likely to contend with issues relating to mould or mildew.
But dry heat is tough on us too. In particular, our clothes, our hair, and our skin can begin to feel the impact, with static-laden clothes, frizzy hair, and flaky skin. Lavender oil is a good starting point; its moisturising nature, along with its lovely scent, can rebalance us after a long day.
In this dry environment, skin care becomes a priority, as the dry heat can encourage flaky, scaly, and cracked skin. A moisturising blend is a vital element of many routines. One of our favourite combinations for dry skin involves 8 drops of sandalwood, 6 of geranium, and 6 rose.
Interested in some more winning combinations for dry skin? Check out our top five here.
Victoria, with the insidious amounts of rainfall that dominates the winter months, is a mould and humidity hotspot. In particular, those homes with little ventilation and standalone heaters tend to encourage humid air to stay indoors, while damp ‘creep’ up the brick walls will further moisten the interior of many homes.
In this environment, your essential oils can create a soothing relief from the cold, thick motif of the air indoors. Here, Oregano oil is perhaps your best friend. This essential oil is noted for its lovely odour, and its antioxidising qualities make it an excellent choice for an atmosphere that can encourage illness.
Lemon oil also boasts these same purifying, cleansing tones. It is an excellent addition to any natural cleaning product, and contributes to a sense of freshness and renewal in your kitchen or toilet. Express these in your diffuser, or add them to your cleaning products, to get the most from this feeling of freshness.
But it isn’t only our lungs that suffer in the winter months. The darkness of the shorter days, and the chill, can increase our stress levels, and impact upon our level of energy and joie de vive. To counter this, the mellowness of rosemary and sandalwood are among our favourites for the winter months. It may be cold, but the warming, comforting tones of these scented oils can elicit thoughts of summertime – even on the darkest nights.
Remember, as the seasons change, your essential oil use should change with it. Essential oils offer you the chance to blend your home’s sensory motif in a way that eases the transition to shorter days and colder nights. Treat yourself and your family this winter, and enjoy your period of relative hibernation, with some help from N-essentials.