Daylight Saving: Essential Oils to Help You Deal With Shorter Days
It’s almost that time of year again when we have to adjust our clocks for the end of daylight saving. This year, if you’re located in the United States, your clocks should go back on Sunday, November 2nd. Though you may think it’s not a big deal, the time change can have negative effects on your sleeping patterns and can lead to increased levels of stress, insomnia, drowsiness, poor concentration, and headaches. But don’t despair; you can easily create your own blends of essential oils to counteract the down side of daylight saving.
ESSENTIAL OILS & YOUR EMOTIONS
It is well known in aromatherapy that differently scented essential oils can have a wide range of different effects on the way you feel. This is because aromas affect the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls many body functions, including the endocrine system and the pituitary gland. The latter is responsible for manufacturing hormones that affect your physical and emotional health. Synergistic blends can help you keep up with the daylight saving time changes by boosting your energy, keeping you alert, balancing your emotions, and helping you get a better night’s sleep.
FALL-BACK ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS
The Winter Reviver
If you’re feeling sluggish and you can’t quite focus on the task at hand, there are a number of essential oils that will give you just the pick-me-up you need to get the day started. These mentally stimulating oils will help energize you and keep you alert.
- 5 drops Lemongrass oil
- 5 drops Lime oil
- 5 drops Rosemary oil
The Blues Banisher
This is a subtle blend to elevate your mood and increase your concentration.
If you have fallen prey to the winter blues, there are two essential oils that can’t be beaten; Ylang Ylang and Geranium. Neroli and Lavender are also good for alleviating mild depression and creating a calming effect.
- 1 drop Chamomile Roman oil
- 10 drops Geranium oil
- 2 drops Lavender oil
- 4 drops Neroli oil
- 5 drops Ylang Ylang oil
The Stress Survivor
This is a simple blend to combat stress and help you relax.
A certain amount of stress in unavoidable in day-to-day life; it arises at home with the family and in the workplace. Then there are significant life events that are known to raise stress levels, such as getting a new job, a forthcoming marriage or divorce, the birth of a new child, or the death of a loved one. Daylight saving can also put extra stress on your system, particularly if it upsets your sleep pattern. When stress does become a problem, this synergistic blend of essential oils can come to the rescue.
- 5 drops Lavender oil
- 8 drops Melissa oil
- 10 drops Neroli oil
- 4 drops Vanilla oil
The Sleep Inducer
This soothing blend will help you relax into a sound slumber.
We can all agree that a good night’s sleep enables us to think better, work better, and play better. When you’re having trouble nodding off to sleep or you’re constantly waking throughout the night, life is just miserable. Plus, getting too little sleep puts you at a higher risk for diseases such as diabetes type II, cancer, heart attack and strokes. Mix this blend and put a few drops on your pillow each night for a restful sleep.
- 5 drops Bergamot oil
- 10 drops Chamomile Roman oil
- 5 drops Clary Sage oil
The time change may have different effects on everyone; some of them are subtle, others more profound. How does the end of daylight saving time affect your moods?
*This information is provided as a courtesy to our customers. Please exercise proper safety when working with essential oils and use them at your own risk. For those new to essential oils, we recommend consulting a certified aromatherapist for individual guidelines as we do not know what conditions, medications and allergies you may have and want to be certain our customers are safe.
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Charlotte A Knotts-Zides
Hi! I really appreciate this article but thought you should know that “daylight savings” ENDS on November 2nd. That is, daylight savings occurs from March to November to give us a longer day; when we fall back in the fall and have shorter days, we are on Standard Time, not Daylight Savings time. Thanks again for the advice — it’s what I needed!
November 4, 2020 at 10:04 am
Hi Charlotte! Thank you for your feedback, we’ve adjusted the copy accordingly 😊