Clove, ginger, cinnamon among essential oils for the fall season
Special to the Sun
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — There is something in the air this time of year and it smells divine. The sights and scents of fall are not only comforting and delicious but they can be quite healing as well.
Take Clove, for example — this spice is a wonderful antioxidant and therefore helpful in boosting immunity. We could all use a little extra boost in our health when the seasons begin to change and the temperatures drop.
Fall is a time of introversion, reflection and preparation for the winter months. As the cooler temperatures roll, in our internal heat also declines, and we need extra help increasing our circulation.
Ginger essential oil has been known to help light our internal fires and get our blood moving. Both Clove and Ginger will come to the rescue when dealing with any type of digestive upset. Ginger helps to warm the digestive tract, while Clove reduces bacteria found in the gut.
Black Pepper has been known to aid in the reduction of cold hands and feet while also delivering a powerful punch of Vitamin K. Try a drop or two in your lotion and apply topically to the body before heading out into the chilly fall weather.
Cinnamon essential oil not only smells divine but also increases heart health by raising the internal body temperature and improving circulation. Regular use of the powdered spice as well as the essential oil of Cinnamon has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart attack.
Cardamom, typically found in Chai tea, is a wonderfully powerful antimicrobial spice. Try using a drop of Cardamom essential oil in a few tablespoons of water as a chemical free alternative to your mouthwash in order to fight oral infections.
The aroma is uplifting and works as a stimulant thus Cardamom is best used in the morning.
In my opinion, all of these essential oils can be tossed into a diffuser for a fantastic fall scent. Each essential oil listed above when applied to the body topically, always diluted, can help decrease muscular strain and joint pain.
Therefore, next time you’re feeling bogged down by the hectic schedule of the fall season, please stop by the spa for an aromatherapy massage treatment featuring a spicy scent.
We will make sure to prepare your body for the busy months to come. You will leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed!
Sarah McCallum is a massage therapist at North Lake Massage & Skin Care in Tahoe Vista. Visit northlakemassageandskincare.com to learn more.