Five Great Essential Oils For Winter Wellness

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For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, we’re heading into winter, and it’s time to pay even more attention to our health and wellness. This time of year, preventative health becomes more important than ever, so let’s get proactive, and  try not to let the winter season become cold and flu season, chapped skin season or SAD season.

Essential oils have a ton of health benefits and can be an enjoyable and affordable way to boost your winter wellness regime. Try our top five essential oils and boost your immunity, circulation and overall health.


My go-to oil whenever I feel the slightest sniffle (or hear them all around me). Great to inhale to beat a cold and I’ve found that, caught early enough, it will stave one off. Eucalyptus also helps with headaches and fatigue.


OK, so I use this one all year round. It’s wonderfully relaxing and balancing, and also seems to stop headaches in their tracks. Lavender aids sleep when diffused at night, or you can use a few drops on your pillow (or a lavender spray) at bedtime.


This anti-viral, immune-boosting essential oil is considered by many the best remedy for fighting colds and flu. Like Eucalyptus it’s also a natural decongestant.


Great for boosting circulation and soothing aching muscles, Rosemary is the perfect essential oil for mixing into a massage oil to rub winter aches and pains away.


Cinnamon essential oil has amazing natural antiseptic properties, stimulates a sluggish digestive system and is wonderfully warming and strengthening on a cold winter’s day. Plus it smells like Christmas.

How To Use Essential Oils For Winter Wellness

Don’t forget that most essential oils should not be applied directly to your skin, although lavender is an exception. My favorite ways to use them are as follows:

Mixed into a carrier oil for massage

Buy a good quality carrier oil (I like sweet almond) for self-massage, or use with a friend! If you can afford both the time and the money, it might be worth treating yourself to a professional therapeutic aromatherapy massage at least once a month all winter.

Use In a Bath

A warm bath is a great way to relax on a winter evening. Invest in some ready-made aromatherapy bath products or mix your own using natural castile liquid soap. I use it diluted about 50/50 on my hair and then use the same mix decanted into smaller bottles with a few drops of essential oil to pour into a bath. 

In a Diffuser

I’m using one like this right now and love it:

Diffusing essential oils

One more tip: Always use good quality essential oils. I like Healing Solutions essential oils which you can order direct from Amazon.

It’s important to understand how to use these oils safely and effectively. If you’re new to them I’d recommend reading The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.

Other things that may help with winter wellness:

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