Overcoming the Staleness of Winter, the Danish Way
With snowy days on the radar, long dark nights, and frigid temps winter is becoming stale. In the past typically counting down the days until spring as soon as the holidays have passed. For me learning to live with the seasons is a big part of natural living.
Imagine looking forward to the cold, dark days of winter and embracing it?
Sharing a cup of hot cocoa with a leaf of peppermint grown in your windowsill.
Uncovering the plot in a new mystery book under a pile of cozy blankets.
Mastering the art of words on a board game by the twinkling light of pumpkin spice candles.
Exploring the secrets of winter forest tucked away by the blankets of snow.
And when it comes to wintering, do as the Danish do
Can you picture it? Well, that’s just how the Danes see it! If you haven’t heard of hygge (pronounced hue-gah) it’s the Danish way of creating a warm atmosphere for rest and reflection. In addition to enjoying the good things in life with good people. While there isn’t a direct English equivalent for the word hygge, it’s all about coziness and and happiness in the everyday pleasures of life. Which is more a philosophy really and it’s inspired me to embrace winter with the help of essential oils. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience, read full disclosure policy.
Creating a Sanctuary to Hygge with Essential Oils
Why sulk about the cold air and frosty sidewalks, when you can roast marshmallows in the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa ready in hand? Make the most of winter, whether that means building a snowman or baking cookies. It’s up to you! And unlike some things, it doesn’t cost a cent to enjoy it! Check out my tips for a creating a cozy atmosphere and livening things up with essential oils in place of the typical winter blues.
How to Hygge with Essential Oils
Create a cozy winter sanctuary
Pile on the pillows and soft cuddly blankets. Lay rugs over bare floors and hand mirrors to reflect the glow of flickering candles and soft light from table top lamps. Fill your diffuser with warming essential oils like cinnamon and orange. If you’re trying to keep the electricity bill under control, find more than two dozens ways to diffuse essential oils without an electronic diffuser in my book Aromatherapy: A Practical Guide for Home and Family along with my favorite blends. And with all those soft linens about you have the perfect opportunity to use a linen or room spray.
Turn each night into a Spa Night
Winter can really dry out our skin! And a relaxing aromatherapy bath is has got to be the perfect de-stresser after maneuvering the icy sidewalks and snowy roads. Pour a warm bath and scoop an essential oil milk bath or tea into the water. Swish the ingredients in the water through your fingers to disperse the essential oils. Some of favorite oils for a bath are lavender, chamomile, and cinnamon. All equally wonderful for the skin.
Bring the Outdoors In
Take winter walk feel the cool air on your face and listen to the birdsong as you collect items from nature. Fill a small bowl with berries, seed pods, and pinecones. Add few drops of essential oils to freshen up stale winter spaces. Clove, pine, and lemon are my favorite oils to freshen a space.
Recipe to Make: Natural Potpourri
Hygge with by Candlelight
Natural hand poured candles with essential oils are perfect for creating a relaxing and warming atmosphere. Following the Danish custom of Hygge read a book, play a board game, or snuggle up and listen to music by candlelight. Each are wonderful way to unwind and with some well deserved downtime. And the beauty of using essentials in candles is benefitting from their natural therapeutic properties in addition to their rich fragrances. Which is far better than using synthetic candles filled with chemicals. Spruce, clove, and cinnamon are so of my favorite essential oils to include in candles.
Printable Reference Guide of Essential Oils for Winter
Use this easy, printable reference list of essential oils for winter to help you create your own recipes for home and beauty. Grab it and many more printables in the Life-n-Reflection Resource Library.
So when it comes to wintering, do as the Danish do and embrace it. Take hot aromatherapy bath, light a candle, and pile on the blankets when darkness falls. Learn more about how to use essential oils. P.S. You can find photographs just like this for your blog in my stock photography collection!