As we approach the shortest day of this very strange year for all of us, I wanted to share a blend with you that has helped me through some of the darkest moments of this year. So, it seemed appropriate to talk about it as we head to the darkest day. For me it is warmth, brightness and fortitude in a blend. Something we all need from time to time.

Like many of you, we as a family, and myself personally have had to deal with many challenges over the last eight or so months. For those of you who know me I am an optimist but there have been times when I have had to search deep for this feeling.  Not being able to see friends and family as much as normal, having to stop work, very little, if any socialising, all the things we take for granted that have been curtailed due to this awful pandemic. But I am also aware of all the good that I have, and this blend has helped me with that.

To a diffuser add the following:

(always check manufacturer’s instructions as to the total amount of drops to add)

2 drops Neroli- Citrus aurantium

From the blossom of the orange tree, sweet and creamy, anti-depressant and wonderfully uplifting

2 drops Frankincense- Boswellia carterii

From the resin of this ancient tree, it allows stillness and contemplation, gentle strength and fortitude

1 drop Vetiver- Vetiveria zizanoides      

From the root of this tropical grass. Dark and secret, steady and strong, I love this oil for its ability to soothe and slow me down. Direct those feelings internally and give yourself permission to be still

3 drops Bergamot- Citrus bergamia    

From the rind of this small citrus fruit, dry and sweet in its aroma, brightness and positivity in its actions, what could be better?

You could sit with this blend whilst it is diffusing and mediate or give thanks for all that is good, or just have it on whilst you go about your day-to-day tasks. The essential oilsgently doing their thing!

I know we still have a long way to go, but as we adapt and move closer to 2021, give yourself the chance to reflect on all that has gone and all that is possible!

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