When pondering about the Winter months, many people think of beautiful glistening snow on the ground, shimmering ice cycles, pine trees perfectly frosted with snow, hand decorated Christmas trees wrapped in warm lights and embellished with bright cheerful ornaments, joyful Christmas carols, pumpkin lattes, flannel pajamas, warm cozy socks or sipping hot cocoa piled high with marshmallows snuggled up next to a fireplace. For other people, however, late Fall and Winter can be a particularly depressing time of year. This unfortunate feeling that others experience is called SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also commonly known as the winter blues or seasonal depression, is a seasonal mood disorder that generally starts with unexplained fatigue and low energy and eventually evolves into a feeling of sadness and can even turn into mild to severe depression. Days can be long and nights can be dreary and cumbersome during early Fall through Winter months for those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a seasonal mood disorder that’s partially caused by the reduction of serotonin production in the brain and an out of whack disrupted circadian rhythm, both caused by the shorter daylight hours during Winter months and colder temperatures. As odd as it is, the natural light that travels through our eyes actually has a connection to our mood, sex drive, sleep patterns and appetite. Scientists have found that the less light during Winter can, indeed, disrupt the balance of our brain chemistry. This causes some people to suffer from SAD, which can be especially difficult for those who travel to and from work in the dark for days on end without seeing much, if any, natural sunlight.
SAD can cause those affected to dread early Fall and Winter months because it can be a rather depressing time of year for them. Along with low energy, those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder can have feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, a lack of interest in social interaction or normal activities, decreased libido, trouble concentrating, appetite changes and insomnia.
10 to 20% of people in the US are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, but you don’t have to be. While simply exposing yourself to more light and soaking up the natural sunlight from the sun as much as possible can help with SAD, essential oils can also help ease symptoms tremendously. Essential oils can naturally and effectively boost your energy and mood, increase libido, promote mental clarity, and reduce insomnia. Lemon essential oil is particularly great for alleviating a depressed mood, Lavender essential oil is wonderful for tension headaches and combating insomnia, and Jasmine essential oil increases mental clarity and works as a natural aphrodisiac to help boost your sex drive. Essential oils can be a life-saver during Fall and Winter months to those struggling with SAD.
A great way to implement essential oils into your life during seasons that are dark and gloomy is by investing in an Aroma Sense aromatherapy shower head that emits essential oils into the air while taking your daily showers. This gives you the opportunity to experience the remarkable healing properties of essential oils on a daily basis with your normal everyday routines. These state-of-the-art shower heads also filter your shower water of harmful toxins, fill the air with negative ions that will make you feel even more vibrant and rejuvenated, and add Vitamin C that naturally benefits your hair and skin as well as boosting the immune system.