There are many other bloggers involved in this project, and each one of them is offering posts with information about SAD, ideas to combat it, including ideas involving Natural Fragrances. I encourage you to read as many of these blogs as you can, and enter the draws for their wonderful products. The links to their blogs are below.
Find Joy in the little things!
It's funny that today, a warm, rainy day here in Southern Ontario (which for me is the least Joyful type of weather in winter time) is the day I am starting this post series. I am one of the lucky ones I suppose for I am a winter lover -as long as there is sun reflecting off the snow then I will take as much time as I can to be outside enjoying it. I don't care how cold it is. The grey, wet days we have had much of this winter so far here are horrific to me, I can tell by how sugar I am craving that it is affecting me in a bad way.
Although I don't generally suffer from depression at any time, or SAD there was one winter I spent in grey, rainy Vancouver that made me question whether I could be affected very seriously by SAD. I left Vancouver to work in Whistler for an overnight waitressing job at a fancy hotel. After the job was over I had an amazing nights sleep in high thread count sheets, with a fluffy down duvet and then padded down to the hotel breakfast room to a buffet laden with, fresh baked goods, tropical fruits (did you know eating tropical fruits can positively affect serotonin levels?) & fruity compotes and jams. The scent in the room was comforting and uplifting all at once. Sitting down to breakfast with fresh coffee and that gorgeous breakfast I saw the ski hills of Whistler through the window by the table. It was an overcast day, yet the daylight reflecting off the the snow felt like the brightest day I had seen in months.
I think I knew that day that I needed to live somewhere where sun and snow met..... and so I do.
My wish for the SAD sufferers reading this post can experience some of the joy I did on that morning watching the light come through the window while eating that breakfast in that room full of bright and comforting scents. In the draw for this post I have chosen to create a gift focusing on Natural Fragrances made from the oils of the uplifting citrus family.
If you are chosen the winner of this prize you will receive an ellenoire gift package including handmade bath and body care products scented with natural essential oils: A skin pampering bath bomb in Cafe Clementine, a Neroli water facial mist & a Glycerine soap made with Pink Grapefruit.
Comment on this post to be entered in the draw for this prize.
Prizes for my draw will be mailed to winners in the USA, Canada and the EU only. You will find bloggers in Australia, Canada, South Africa and Vietnam, so please check their mailing policies.
1. You, the poster can post as anonymous, but that will make you ineligible for the drawing.
2. I'd love it if you sign up for my newsletter, or "like" my page on Facebook, but that isn't a requirement of this blog. Please just leave a comment that shares your difficulty with SAD. We need to get the word out there so others reading this may recognize the disorder has aromatherapy and natural perfumery as an alternative healing modality.
3 I do want you to leave your first name or a nickname, ISP (eg., gmail) and location. That way, when I announce the win, and you reply, I'll be sure I have the right person.
*SAD is a recognized disorder characterized by depression, among other symptoms.* Light therapy is the most common treatment, and the Guild feels the need to share the knowledge that fragrance can also be uplifting and pull people out of depression. The NPG wants to include fragrance therapy and our members will host a three-day blog event to reach out to those who suffer from SAD. Please visit the blogs listed below of the other Guild members, add your comments to enter the draws for their prizes. be sure to check that they are ok to ship to your country. Winners of the three-days of drawings will be announced here on Thursday, the 19th.
Ambrosia Jones http://perfumebynature.blogspot.com
Charna Ethier http://www.providenceperfume.com/blogs/news
Christi Meshell http://www.matriarch.biz/blog.html
Clemence Barbier http://www.dameclemence.blogspot.com
Elise Pearlstine http://bellyflowers.blogspot.com
Emily Pienaar http://www.roseenbos.com/category/blog
JoAnne Bassett http://www.joannebassett.com/natural_perfumes
Joyce Noerr http://sororiaorganics.blogspot.com/
Karen Williams http://www.aromaticsinternational.com/blog/
Liz Cook http://oneseedperfumes.wordpress.com
Noelle Smith http://ellenoire.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Vinson http://www.stephanieknaturals.com/blog/
Susan Stype http://www.aromatherapycontessa.com