Yoga & Aromatherapy


Moving into December, we are looking towards the end of the year whilst also moving towards a new year. It’s a time of reflection and also a time of celebration as we head into winter.

A lovely oil to use this month is myrtle (myrtus communis). Myrtle has long been used for its deeply-healing properties. It is mentioned in the Bible and was used by the Greeks and Romans in their temples for anointing. It is the perfect essential oil to use this month.

Myrtle oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant and is a wonderfully clarifying oil. Place a couple of drops in a diffuser and allow the oil to fill your space with its soothing aroma. It’s a very useful oil to use in meditation as it helps aid concentration and bring insight, which will also help bring everything into alignment.

Using the oil in a diffuser will also help with any coughs and colds and clear any congestion.

For a deeply relaxing and nourishing treat that will relieve any stress and tension, mix a couple of drops of myrtle oil with a little carrier oil, and with some Epsom or Dead Sea Salts, then add to the bath. You’ll enjoy a relaxing treat that will help soothe and ground you, release aches and pains, and also provide some much-needed warmth for the body, mind and soul this winter.

Use in small quantities and avoid using if pregnant, breastfeeding or on young children.

Julia White is a yoga teacher and aromatherapist (

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