I hear you, friends. I know that many of you in the Northern Hemisphere are in a deep freeze that is only comparable to the deepest ring in hell in Dante’s Inferno- A frozen pond. I know that sexy summer dresses and slip on shoes are either months or a long plane ride away. I am living in Rio but that penetrating cold is not far from my Canadian mind. I feel you, and I shudder with compassion at your facebook pictures.
What can Aromatherapy do to warm you on those cold, hard, dark nights? So much and luckily, most of the warming oils have an added benefit of being aphrodisiacs and mood enhancers. A fire place, a bowl of soup and the one you love is, in my opinion, one of the greatest things about hunkering down for those long winter months.
Here are some ways you can increase the heat:
- Take a very warm (not scalding) bath with sea salt, coconut oil and warming oils. Use a maximum total of 10 drops of Cardamom, Vanilla and Lavender.
- Make a big pot of tea with either essential oils or dried spices and raw honey. Warming oils include Cardamom, Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Black Pepper, and All Spice. Use a maximum of 4 drops of oils or ½ teaspoon of dried spices.
- Use 1 drop of Black Pepper or Ginger oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, jojoba or coconut oil. Apply liberally to the soles and tops of your feet. Cover them with cheese cloth and socks. The warming elements of the oils will go directly into your feet and improve circulation, increase the heat and even curb any fungus that may be lingering between your toes.
- Avoid cold, raw food. God bless the raw foodist but I always thought it was crazy to eat cold food when it’s frigid outside. Save that for the summer when fresh food is plentiful. Cold causes constriction in your body. Right now, you are probably hunched over, body contracted, desperately hoping to keep in the heat in any way you can. The nature of cold is the same inside or outside of the body. Instead eat slow cooked stews, rich bowls of lentil soup with plenty of garlic and ghee or olive oil, roasted root vegetables and steamed greens. Try adding a drop of tarragon, juniper berry or dill to give whatever you are making for an aromatic punch (add 1 drop of oil per dish right before serving)
- Winter can be incredibly drying and make any sensual lover feel like a parched lizard. Try an Aromatic steam facial to loosen up congested nasal passages, keep your skin vibrant and increase moisture. Simply boil spring water, pour it into a large bowl along with up to 5 drops of Frankincense, Rosemary, Cypress, Tangerine, and/ or White Cedar. Inhale deeply over the bowl with a towel over your head. Come up for air at regular intervals. Use the steam combination for 20 minutes. When you are finished, soak towels in the left over water and place their over radiators or heating vents to continue the aromatic bliss.
- Finally, gently warm coconut or jojoba oil with any warming oils and rub it deeply all over your warm, wet body; it will you back to being a succulent peach rather than a crusty prune. This one is so delicious that you might just want to lick yourself. That is perfectly ok.
Sweet loves, I hope this helps. I am thinking of you and sending you warming, luscious, tropical vibes. Please send me your stories of how you are keeping warm and keeping sensual. I hope that you are finding the sweet spot in the midst of winter socks and long johns. Remember, slowly removing each layer of clothing in a sultry striptease only serves to stoke the fire and increase the heat.
Keep it sexy!