Essential Oils for Winter, Part III

patchouli

Spring is on its way for sure, but we’re still knee-deep in snow here in Northern Vermont. If you haven’t read the first or second parts of this blog series, please do so to read more about warming and uplifting essential oils for Wintertime!

We find it is also important to stay grounded and inspired.  When we can’t put our bare feet on the Earth (without fear of frostbite), our friend Patchouli truly helps with this feeling of harmony and content.

We understand that Patchouli is a ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ scent and for those who aren’t the biggest fans, envision dank, life-giving soil of the Earth and forget the “stinky hippie” references. If patchouli is too strong for you by itself, try burning it simultaneously with sage or lavender to sweeten it a little!  It also blends well with Rosewood, Frankincense and most citrus oils.

Silk Road traders in the 18th and 19th centuries scented their precious exotic fabrics with Patchouli as a way to mitigate pests and simultaneously give the luxurious fabrics an accompanying perfume.  Ink from India was scented with Patchouli, conveying romanticism and linking aroma with the written word. Patchouli is indicative of pure purpose and passion!

Lastly, but certainly not least, for inspiration we look to the woods!  Trees are full of wisdom and in winter conifers are strong, true souls who hold tight to their needles. Spruce, fir and cedar inspire our hearts and minds every time by sharing their gratitude and strength to help keep continual motivation!

Before we know it, buds will be blooming!  The birds have already started singing their Springtime tunes, they know it’s coming, slowly but surely!