How is Your Circulation?
The winter season is upon us, even if the calendar doesn’t officially say so. I live in northern Canada and the snow is here to stay. The weather is cold and most of us are donning our winter coats, warm socks, scarfs, mitts…… in an attempt to stay warm.
Some people, including me, can find it challenging at times to keep fingers and toes warm. I believe poor circulation may run in my family. I have memories of my father wearing his gloves in the house on cold winter days. Perhaps he struggled with poor circulation.
Did you know there are essential oils that work to improve our circulation? I wish I had known this years ago.
What are Warm Essential Oils?
There are many essential oils that can be classified as “warm”. This means they can increase blood flow; this helps to keep you warm! Yay!
There are some oils that are classified as “hot”. They are even more warming and should be used with additional care. Warm and hot essential oils can be quite useful when used in the proper manner. Essential oils in the warm/hot category can come in handy when applied topically (mixed with a carrier oil or lotion). Using warming essential oils in a diffuser is also a great way to get the blood circulating.
It is good to know that MOST essential oils should be diluted before being applied to your skin. This is incredibly important to remember when using the “hot” oils as they can burn your skin if not used properly.
Some Warm/Hot Essential Oils
Please know that for some people, a particular oil may seem hot and for others it may not. This could be due to individual skin sensitivity, dilution rates, different brands etc. The proper use of essential oils can be a personal thing, what works for one person may not work as well for someone else.
As I was researching this week’s topic, I kept a list of warm/hot oils that were mentioned…
Cassia – considered a hot oil, improves blood circulation, has a spicy, warm aroma (similar to cinnamon)
Oregano – considered a hot oil, improves blood circulation and immunity (great during cold and flu season)
Cinnamon – considered a hot oil, improves blood circulation, has anti-depressant qualities
Thyme – considered a hot oil, can enhance circulation, uplifts mood and boosts immunity
Rosemary – improves blood circulation, soothes cold/flu symptoms and aches and pains
Black Pepper – considered a hot oil, improves blood circulation, soothes cough and cold symptoms
Myrrh – enhances blood circulation, smells earthy and woody, improves digestion, strengthens the immune system, anti-depressant qualities
Juniper Berry – improves blood circulation, boosts immune system, helps with stress, has a crisp, woody, sweet and earthy aroma ( picture to the right is Juniperus communis-Juniper Berry)
Cardamom – improves blood circulation, fights stress and depression, energizing, has a spicy, balsamic aroma
Marjoram – improves blood circulation, relieves anxiety and stress, promotes a restful sleep, helps with digestion, has a woody, spicy aroma
Ginger – improves blood circulation, high in antioxidants, soothes nausea and helps reduce pain
Frankincense – improves blood circulation, reduces pain and inflammation, boosts immunity, soothes stress and anxiety
Clove – considered a hot oil, improves circulation, reduces some types of pain, aids in digestion
Nutmeg – improves blood circulation, reduces stress and pain, acts as a sedative
How to Use Hot and Warm Essential Oils
These oils can be used topically (in a diluted form), dispersed into the air using a diffuser, in a bath and sometimes even taken orally. The methods I like best are diffusion and topical application.
If you plan to use EOs in your bath water, be sure to dilute your oils in a carrier oil first. Essential oils don’t disperse well in water. Click here to read an article containing recommendations regarding bathing in essential oils.
If you like the idea of using essential oils orally, I would recommend seeking advice from a medical professional or at least doing some in-depth research on this topic. Essential oils are very POTENT!
As I mentioned above, diffusing oils and using oils topically are my favorite delivery methods. They are easy and fun too!
Mixing Essential Oils with a Carrier Oil
When blending essential oils to use topically, one should have a general idea of dilution rates to avoid unwanted skin reactions.
A very general guideline for blending is 2-3%. This means you should put 6-9 drops of EOs to every 10 mls of carrier oil. Please remember this is a general suggestion, if you are using oils strictly from the hot category, you might want to use less.
There are other factors to consider when blending for topical application, such as age of person using it, how often will this blend be applied, why are they using it and/or what part of the body will it be used on?
I have found some charts you can check out to get a better idea of proper dilution ranges.
This is great information, if I do say so myself! Lol
I am super excited to make some blends in roller bottles for myself, maybe I will give some as gifts this Christmas. I’ve been thinking about making blends that are good for warming up (of course) as well as blends for energy, pain, stress…..the list goes on! Rollerball application is quite handy and the container is small enough to throw in your pocket or purse!
Some people like to add a few drops of warming essential oils to their unscented body lotions. Rub some on your hands and feet to stay warm this winter. Be sure to mix it well and be mindful of dilution ranges.
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More Ways to Keep Warm in the Winter
Essential Oils are great and I use them regularly, however, there are other things we can do to help stay warm and healthy this winter.
Wear Your Winter Clothes
Here in Canada it is important to wear your warm winter clothes. Our temperatures have been known to dip down to the -40 Celsius range, and even lower sometimes. Sounds cold right? It is! So, protect yourself from the elements. Wear your mitts, warm socks, scarves etc. Help your body to keep the heat in.
Treat Yourself to a Hot Drink
Warm yourself up from the inside out by adding warming spices to your hot drinks. Throw a pinch of cinnamon, black pepper or cayenne pepper to your coffee, tea, hot chocolate…….Yum!
Before we part……
So, give these warm and cozy essential oils a try! Your overall health will thank you.
Many essential oils are antibacterial and antiviral, which means they will boost your immune system. They can also ease everyday aches and pains, which always feel worse when it’s cold out.
Don’t wait, get your warming essential oils today!
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I wish you all a pleasant week ahead. Stay happy and healthy as we head into the busy Holiday Season. Until next time….
Take good care,
Angela (founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)
I would like to remind you that essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with common sense and caution. Always read the labels. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication it is recommended that you speak to your doctor before using essential oils.
If you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin.
It is also good to be aware that some essential oils are photo toxic. Avoid the sun as necessary when using these oils.
Please know that some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing.
Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not always a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness it is best to contact a medical professional.