Essential Oils to Warm the Heart and Senses

Winter is a great time to experience the healing effects of essential oils.
Oils such as Cedar, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sage and Vanilla are very soothing and warming and can be added to any massage therapy session. These oils have an aroma that is usually very comforting or reminiscent of the spices traditionally used in foods that are spicy or eaten warm. For example, cinnamon and vanilla are found in apple pie which is a comforting food served best when warm (silly but true!).
Also, these oils can have a warming effect when placed on the skin (but they shouldn’t burn or irritate when used properly.  Always test for allergies and always use a carrier lotion or oil).
Essential oils can also be mood lifters for those of us who can struggle with seasonal depression during the winter months. Ask your massage therapist about the benefits of essential oils and which ones are best for you!
-Beth Cruz,  LMT

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