lemonsWhen you are tired as Christmas rushes up, we love the power of citrus to deal with the winter blues, not least because there is no shortage of evidence about the power of a light, citrusy scent to bring you out of the depths of the post-Christmas slump and start the year with a smile.

Citrus oils and fragrances in particular work well to lift your mood because the fragrance molecules in the oils stimulate the nerve endings of the olfactory bulb – a part of the nasal passages. These in turn affect a part of the brain called the limbic system.

The limbic system is associated with our most primal instincts, emotions, and memories. The molecules of the citrus scented oils enter the nose and stimulate the olfactory system very effectively, which in turn allows the scents to improve our mood.

Further to this when you inhale citrus essential oils, the aromatic molecules connect with the part of the brain which controls the hormone and endocrine system, balancing and restoring overworked, over-stimulated systems.

To enjoy these benefits any product that contains pure citrus organic essential oils, such as Bergamot and Lemon will work.

To enjoy an extra treat though try Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie. Its blend of organic lemon, lemongrass and vanilla oils will not only lift your mood and brighten your day, but soothe hands that worked hard to see the festive season through and might well be feeling the bite of winter.
Launched in October, the smoothie has become an instant cult favourite amongst bloggers and journalists alike for its mood lifting properties and richly nourishing formula.

Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie retails at £12 for 60ml and is 100% natural and 100% organic.

Available via http://www.odylique.co.uk