Beating Winter Blues, Naturally @MamaKautz

It is officially winter. While we can now enjoy the days getting longer, not shorter, there are still a lot of winter days ahead of us.
We here in North Idaho haven’t had any real snow to speak of, we have, however, had gray and gloom. If I didn’t know any better I would think I was back in Seattle.
I always wished I lived in Alaska until I remember I don’t like short days.

I find myself getting down around the time of Daylight Savings. The clock falls back and the dark looms. Like a dark blanket to my soul.
Here are a few ways I have been beating the Winter Blues.
Quick note: I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya. I can give my advice on what best supports your system in overcoming said ailment.

Natural Light
I throw open those curtains if the sun is shining. I have been known to bundle up and go for a walk, even if it’s freezing, just to get some natural sunlight.

An alternative to the sun, because let’s face it, us northerners don’t see it much, is a light box or a desk light like this one.

The Principal and I both take supplements. This is our first winter taking them and so far the winter hasn’t been near as bad in the past in terms of physical and emotional health.

Roman Chamomile
Because of its calming and relaxing properties it can help support your mood. Blends with lavender. Diffuse to soothe anger and irritability.

By using a diffuser this soothing aroma can help with stress or other mental strain with adults and children. Because of the versatility of Lavender oil, it can be used equally well topically, diffused, or in baths.

Peppermint is often used to improve mental alertness and acuity. Apply Peppermint to the back of the neck to help relieve feelings of stress and tension.
Rub on temples after you wake up for a morning energy boost. Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up(Do not use with infants. Use with care during pregnancy.)

Invigorating Blend
2 drops in your hands, cup and inhale to enjoy the elevating or calming qualities.
A terra cotta clay necklace or a scarf works great as a personal diffuser.

Grounding Blend
Promotes a whole-body sense of relaxation. Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance.
Diffusing is the most effect method of enjoying a balancing blend.
Direct application with massage to the feet, neck and back can be effective.
During times of emotional instability for children, consider a massage application to their feet, neck, shoulders or back.

An uplifting, energizing oil. This energizing quality makes it a great oil for those who get tired, sleepy and unmotivated during the winter months. It is one of the best oils to use in your diffuser on a dark morning when it feels so hard to wake up.

I like to use my diffuser throughout the day with different blends.
I often use
2-3 Drops of Peppermint
2-3 Drops of Wild Orange to uplift me

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