Are you experiencing the post-holiday letdown? Do you struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? If so, you’re not along. While it is unknown how many Americans are affected by post-holiday depression, according to Mental Health America about 5% of the US population suffers from seasonal depression. In an article by familydoctor.org, they sited that another 10% - 20% of people in the United States may experience a mild form of winter-onset SAD. SAD is more common in women than in men according to.
Bergamot (Citrus) essential oil is an excellent aromatherapy choice to help lift your mood and reduce stress. The scent is sweet, citrusy and sharp with a tangy finish.
For centuries citrus essential oils have been used for their mood lifting properties. Today, scientists are studying specific citrus essential oils to determine which do what and why. Bergamot and its effect on humans is one of the most studied citrus essential oils. To learn more about Bergamots aromatherapy effectiveness to relieve depressive symptoms check out this very recent journal article.
The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy for Depressive Symptoms: A Systematic Review
Dalinda Isabel Sánchez-Vidaña, Shirley Pui-Ching Ngai, Wanjia He, Jason Ka-Wing Chow, Benson Wui-Man Lau, and Hector Wing-Hong Tsang
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5869315, 21 pages. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5869315
Winter Warrior Tip #1
Think & Smell Bergamot (Citrus) essential oil.
Add a few drops to your diffuser
Carry a special handkerchief or hankie for your essential oils. Place a drop of Bergamot (Citrus) essential oil on the center of your handkerchief or hankie, fold so the EO is covered in the center then take out and smell whenever you need a pick-me-up