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DIY Essential Oil Recipe: Beat the Winter Blues! Create Sunshine in a Bottle

Here’s an essential oil recipe you can make at home. With Winter in full swing, a little sunshine can do a LONG way! Amidst longer days and darker nights, the colder weather and leafless trees, it is easy to feel a little less charged than in the warmer months. We’ve put together a wonderfully uplifting [...]

Here’s an essential oil recipe you can make at home. With Winter in full swing, a little sunshine can do a LONG way! Amidst longer days and darker nights, the colder weather and leafless trees, it is easy to feel a little less charged than in the warmer months. We’ve put together a wonderfully uplifting blend we call ‘Sunshine in a Bottle’ — this blend can be diffused at home, in the car (with a plug-in car diffuser) or on the go with a pocket diffuser. How to Make this blend is below. First let’s talk ingredients!

Therapeutic properties of the ingredients:

Grapefruit: You can easily add a happy burst of sunshine to your life by using Grapefruit essential oil in a diffuser blend. The sparkling aroma, partnered with Bergamot, can banish a case of the blues in a heartbeat and it’s always near the top of the list of our favorite antidepressant oils! The emotional and energetic qualities of Grapefruit are uplifting and cleansing, as it reduces tension and exudes happy, outward energy. It’s like sunshine in a bottle!  

Bergamot: The essential oil is cold pressed from fresh fruit rinds and can be used to address anxiety, depression & tension with great success. It’s bright, citrus-like aroma is a sure fire way to lift your mood. Bergamot is antiviral, it stimulates the immune system, and is a powerful antispasmodic. Bergamot is an oil that runs off our shelves quickly as it’s used in many different therapeutic blends AND is a major ingredient in natural perfumery!

May Chang (Litsea): The fresh, lemony aroma of May Chang sweetly compliments the other citrus oils in this wonderful blend and it’s joyful quality is sure to put a smile on your face.  Steam distilled from the fruit of Litsea cubeba trees in China, May Chang reduces fatigue and is known for having effective antimicrobial and antifungal properties. The cool, calming effects of May Chang may also be helpful for those in need of deep sleep.

Rose Absolute: Ahh, our favorite heart opener: Rose! Rose is very emotionally uplifting; a gentle tonic for the heart, it eases shock, grief, depression and soothes anger. It also heals deep despair and is a tonic to the nervous system. Rose oil is well known for balancing hormones during menopause and has sedative properties too. Also, only one drop is required, and can be obtained from a sample vial of the oil.

Jasmine Absolute: Jasmine blossoms are collected before sunrise, and handled with great care, in order to preserve their delicate scent.  Jasmine adds an uplifting, very special note to this blend. Jasmine’s exotic, sweet aroma lends a slight floral quality even though there’s only one drop in the recipe! Only one drop is required, which can be obtained from a sample vial of the oil. A little Jasmine goes a long way, so you must resist the urge to use 2 drops. It has antidepressant properties and is great for stress-related conditions. It is often used in skin care products for dry, sensitive skin and it’s a really wonderful oil to add to a hot bath to release the tension of the day. Again, it’s so powerful that one drop (*after* you’ve filled the tub) is often enough!

 

DIFFUSER BLEND RECIPE:

You’ll need an empty 5 ML bottle to create this blend. This  recipe is a great choice for our pocket diffuser, so you can take the aroma with you!

Grapefruit – 80 drops

Bergamot – 70 drops

May Chang (Litsea) – 10 drops

Rose Absolute (Bulgarian) – 1 drop

Jasmine Absolute – 1 drop

Start with 5 drops in your diffuser, add more if desired. Diffuse & Relax!

We hope you enjoy creating Sunshine in a Bottle!  😀 Send us a photo when you make this blend! We’ll smile right back atcha!

Note: Be careful with the citrus oils as they are top notes and the drops come out of the bottle much faster than Jasmine & Rose!  We highly recommend using a plastic pipette for each oil, which will provide greater control for counting the drops. You can temporarily remove the orifice reducing insert from any essential oil bottle, and replace it after you’ve used a dropper or pipette for measuring.

Safety Alert: Unless using a BPF-free Bergamot, or using this blend in a carrier oil base — this is NOT for use on the skin! Bergamot is phototoxic and must not be applied to the skin undiluted. A little in the hair is fine, or on spots that won’t see sunshine for a few days at least.

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