In my house we use essential oils just about every day of the year. From homemade, natural cleaning products to soothing topical applications or diffused blends, I’ve quickly become a huge fan of essential oils. I turn to my growing collection of essential oils for so many different uses and I’m always seeking not only additional oils but also new uses for the oils I have. As I mentioned, we use our oils almost daily, but I definitely have seasonal favorites. Today, I’m sharing my favorite winter essential oils and some of the ways we use them.
Favorite Winter Essential Oils | Wintergreen
First up, and perhaps the most obvious choice when it comes to favorite winter essential oils is wintergreen. This particular oil has an amazing fragrance. I mostly use this one in the diffuser but it also is great to add to a massage oil because it has warming properties that help to soothe achy joints and muscles. Given that most of us spend at least the first few weeks of January hitting our workouts extra hard, wintergreen is an excellent oil to have on hand. A drop or two in a warm bath will not only result in a fresh scent, but also may help to loosen up tight muscles.
Some of my favorite diffuser recipes for wintergreen are:
• 5 drops wintergreen
• 3 drops grapefruit
• 1 drop lavender
• 6 drops wintergreen
• 4 drops marjoram
• 2 drops ylang ylang
Favorite Winter Essential Oils | Geranium
Geranium makes my list for two reasons: it’s great for my everyday skincare routine and it’s uplifting when diffused. I don’t know about you, but January is not one of my favorite months and so I’ll gladly take a natural mood enhancer when and where I can find it. I add a drop of geranium to my moisturizer in the mornings to help balance and smooth dry skin.
Some of my favorite recipes for diffusing geranium are:
• 6 drops lavender
• 3 drops geranium
• 1 drop rosemary
• 1 drop tea tree
• 5 drops orange
• 3 drops geranium
• 3 drops peppermint
Favorite Winter Essential Oils | Flu Time
This is one of Rocky Mountain Oil’s blends and it’s something I have on hand all the time. We use Flu Time in one of two ways: rubbed into the chest area to ease discomfort from flu symptoms or diffused to help purify the air. When diffused, the fragrance reminds me of a winter hike.
Favorite Winter Essential Oils | Grapefruit
If I had to choose a single essential oil as my favorite for its fragrance, it would be grapefruit, hands down. It smells so very clean and fresh. I dare you to take a whiff and not come away invigorated. Grapefruit is awesome for the winter months because it’s cheery and fresh, a sharp contrast to the dreary winter weather outside my window. I use grapefruit oil on my wool dryer balls so that our clothes emerge from the dryer smelling especially clean. It’s also great to add a drop or two to linen spray for clean towels. Of course, this one is a favorite to include in diffuser blends, too.
Some of my favorite diffuser recipes for grapefruit:
• 6 drops grapefruit
• 3 drops ylang ylang
• 3 drops eucalyptus
• 6 drops peppermint
• 5 drops grapefruit
• 3 drops basil
• 1 drop ginger
Favorite Winter Essential Oils | Cardamom
It makes perfect sense that cardamom would make my list because cardamom also happens to be one of my favorite fall/winter flavors. Not only does this stuff smell amazing in a sweet, spicy kind of way but it supposedly promotes clarity and concentration. Um, yes please. I could use some of that, especially in the holiday recovery months. The scent reminds me of chai. I love to diffuse cardamom with other oils to make my whole house smell like a frothy latte.
Some of my favorite recipes for diffusing cardamom are:
• 5 drops cardamom
• 3 drops clove
• 2 drops cinnamon bark
• 2 drops ginger
• 3 drops cardamom
• 3 drops cedarwood
What are your favorite winter essential oils? Which new ones should I add to my list?
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