Happy Hands = Happy Hearts!
The twinkling lights are down, the skies are grey – the post-festive period until the first burst of spring can be a low point of the year for us all. But there are steps you can take to beat the winter blues.
At this time of year we spend a lot of time indoors and daylight hours are short, so there is limited natural light reaching our brain. This is believed to increase melatonin levels and make us feel more lethargic and low. So one of the best solutions to the winter blues is simply to leave your house or office at lunchtime and take an energising walk, or if you can’t get out, sit as close as possible to natural light during the day.
Nature – of course! – has a remedy or two to brighten us up. One answer is in seasonal fruits – particularly the citrus family. The refreshing zestiness from peeling and eating oranges, clementines, lemons and limes can itself lift body and soul. It’s always best to opt for healthy fruit and raw veg as an energising tonic, but if you desperately need the comfort of sugar or carbs, try using lemon in cooking, or even have a lemon and sugar pancake as a Shrove Tuesday treat!
Classic aromatherapy principles explain how citrus essential oils work particularly well to lift your mood. Their concentrated aromatic molecules stimulate the olfactory bulb in our nose and then the limbic system – the part of the brain associated with our most primal instincts, emotions, and memories. The positive impact on the limbic system can lift our spirits. – Abi even goes as far as to say the smell of lime or lemon can bring a smile to her face.
To enjoy the benefits of pure organic citrus essential oils, try our delicious Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie or Balancing Citrus Super Tonic with bergamot, lemon and sweet orange. You might even find they subconsciously take you somewhere rather cheerier – Beauty Bible.com has described the Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie as “sunshine in a tube”!