It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness,
There can be times in your life when you feel a little down. It maybe midwinter and spring seems a long time coming. You may feel disappointed at not receiving something you wanted or stress may be getting you down. You may be worried about some event in your immediate future in which case the following quote by Epictetus may be helpful to remember.
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Sometimes you may not even know the reason for feeling the way you do. You are not depressed simply feeling a little lost or blue and want to feel better.
The remedy may be as simple as going outside and planting your bare feet on the earth or grass, having a piece of chocolate, feeling gratitude for what you have or spending some time with your family or friends.
Essential oils can also be helpful for uplifting your mood and restoring your sense of happiness.
Essential Oils to Uplift include
*Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) uplifting helps to cheer your heart and soul
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) helpful if you have lost your enthusiasm and passion for life
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) helpful if changes in your life have got you down
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) if you are feeling down due to too much work and not enough play
*Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) uplifting helps to clear negativity and feelings of disappointment
Juniper (Juniperus communis) clears negativity and eases fears and worry
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) to nurture and calm yourself
*Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) uplifting, eases stress and brings a sense of calm
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) brings a sense of joy and a remainder to make time for play
Marjoram (Marjorama hortensis) helps to ease anxiety and stop those thoughts going round in circles in your mind
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) brings a sense of light heartedness
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) to renew your enthusiasm and creativity
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) uplifts and reenergises
The oils marked with an * are phototoxic and should not be used on the skin if you are planning to spend time in the sun. They are fine to use in a vaporiser or in the bath where they will be washed off.
The easiest way to use these oils is to make a blend of 2 or 3 oils and place 6-8 drops in a vaporiser or diffuser and allow the aroma to disperse through the air. You can also make or buy your own personal inhaler to take with you wherever you go.