Around the world with essential oils – Planet Botanix Ottawa

Around the world with essential oils

Now that the cold weather is making its presence known, it is the perfect time to use our plant medicine to fend off all the winter doldrums, from SAD to colds and flu and achy muscles.

Rhododendrum essential oil might make you think of flowers, but its properties can send germs packing. This native of Nepal (aka Rhododendron anthopogon) is considered sacred and used to balance energies. It is well known for its antibacterial and decongestant properties. Its analgesic characteristics can help in a massage for muscle soreness. A blend with lavender in a carrier oil such as avocado would be really lovely for someone suffering from the flu.

Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium) hails from New Zealand, where it has been used by the Maoris for overall health and well-being. It is said to be about 30 times more effective than tea tree against certain types of bacteria. It could also be included in the massage blend for flu, for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Another essential oil which is amazing this time of year is frankincense (we carry two varieties). Not only is it a wonderful oil to help bring calm into a hectic day, but it has also been used to boost the immune system and heal coughs and cold symptoms. Blending with a citrus such as red grapefruit or Persian lime would help you create a great morning combination for getting through days with less sunlight and cold temperatures when all we feel like doing is hunkering down under heavy duvets.

Foody scents like allspice (pimenta officinalis), black pepper (Piper nigrum) and cinnamon bring warmth to the body (and soul too) this time of year. Just make sure you dilute them well in any bodycare you may be creating. Any essential oil can also be diffused in the air-not only for its scent, but therapeutic properties to help keep your household healthy throughout the winter!

Come experience the power of essential oils at Planet Botanix! We are here to help!

Note: I f you have any health conditions, please consult with your health professional before using essential oils. ©2018 Heather Garrod is a Certified Aromatherapist and owner of Planet Botanix at 301 Bank St near Somerset. She gives workshops on creating natural bodycare and has been creating natural bodycare for over two decades. The shop offers natural alternatives to commercial products and features a holistic therapy clinic.