How to Hygge with Essential Oils

 
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You've probably heard of the danish concept of hygge (pronounced hue-guh) as it has grown in popularity over the last couple of years - you'll often find it splashed across Pinterest or Instagram.

If you are unfamiliar with the term, hygge is a Danish word that’s all about cosiness and finding happiness in the small, everyday pleasures of life. With no direct English equivalent, hygge is more than just a word — it’s more like a philosophy. 

Danes created hygge because they were trying to survive boredom, cold, dark and sameness and the undefinable feeling of hygge was a way for them to find moments to celebrate or acknowledge and to break up the day, months or years. With so many cold, dark, days, the simple act of a candle glowing with a cup of coffee in the morning or a home cooked evening meal with friends can make a huge difference to the spirit.

As the weather is changing here in the UK, and the days are becoming crisper and colder, many of us are turning our thoughts to keeping cosy. Blankets are coming out of storage and evenings are accompanied by the soft glow of candlelight. I've been taking things a step further and turning to my essential oil collection to help me embrace this season. 

 
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How to Hygge with Essential Oils

Create a cosy environment with a diffuser

As much as I love the gentle glow of candlelight, I no longer buy scented candles - most contain toxins that disrupt our hormones and respiratory health. Instead, I use unscented and sustainably-sourced soy or beeswax candles. Then I use a diffuser to add fragrance to my home, in addition to the aroma I'm also getting the therapeutic benefits of the oils. 

 
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Bring the outdoors in

Hygge isn't just about cosy blankets and candles. Danes are a huge fan of bringing the outdoors in. Enjoy a relaxing stroll in the autumnal sun as you collect items from nature (responsibly of course!). Fill a small bowl with seedheads and pinecones and add a few drops of essential oils - Douglas fir, cinnamon, clove and tangerine are all beautiful to freshen up a space.

Have a detox bath

A relaxing detox bath is the perfect way to de-stress after a tiring day. Hygge things up by adding a beeswax candle or two. For the bath, just combine the following in a glass jar, give it a shake then add some to a warm bath (not too hot as the heat will destroy the therapeutic properties). This mixture should last around 4 baths. 

  • 1/2 cup of epsom salts

  • 1/2 cup Himalayan sea salt 

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil

Make spiced Cacao

This is my favourite way to start my day in autumn. I add 1 tbsp of organic raw cacao powder, 1 tsp of maca powder, 1 tbsp of coconut oil and a mug of hazelnut milk to a pan and heat gently whilst whisking. When its warmed and mixed together, I transfer to my blender and add a drop of On Guard and a splash of maple syrup to create a delicious, creamy and chocolatey drink. For me, this has become a little form of meditation in the mornings. 

I hope you enjoy these tips for creating a feeling of cosiness and bringing a little intention to your day.