Essential oils for winter:
Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Frankincense for immunity
Bergamot and Orange for mood uplift
Orange, Cinnamon, Clove and Ginger for Christmas smells
Lemon and Grapefruit- for air cleansing
Essential oils can be so easily used at home over the winter in baths (add a few drops and mix well), oil burners, inhalations (add a few drops to hot water) and rubs (add 4 drops to 10mls sweet almond oil). Always choose 100% pure essential oils.
Bergamot (Citrus aurantium bergamia)
Uplifting and fruity, this is calming for the emotions and also a good ‘pick-me-up’. Use in bath oils, massage oils and inhalations.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Warming and strengthening, this is stimulating for the digestion and the natural antiseptic properties make it good for treating colds and flu. Don’t use it on the skin but great in an oil burner or for inhalations.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Stimulating and expansive, this is anti-viral and decongesting for the head and sinuses. Eucalyptus has a refreshing effect on the nervous system and may be used to treat tiredness, poor concentration or headaches. Excellent when added to a base oil for use as a chest rub or in inhalations.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
Calms and uplifts the spirits when feeling stressed, tired or overwhelmed, whilst increasing energy. Also great for chesty coughs. Use in a massage blend, lotions and balms or as an inhalation.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Balancing and relaxing, Lavender is the most versatile and well-used of all essential oils, a valuable remedy for everyday use. The only essential oil that can be used neat (undiluted) on the skin – dab a drop on pulse points or use in massage and bath blends, or inhalations.
Mandarin (Citrus nobilis)
Calming and soothing for restless children, this essential oils is also beneficial in helping to treat nervous tension or insomnia. Dilute and use in a massage oil or in a diffuser.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Warming and stimulating, rosemary helps to stimulate the circulation and is good for aching muscles. Mix into a massage oil or salve and rub into aching areas or use in inhalations.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
A fantastic winter oil. Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. Careful topical use is highly effective on spots, cold sores and my top tip- when you feel a sore throat coming on, place one drop of tea tree at the back of your tongue. Tastes horrible but will catch those early bugs!
A winter wellness tip
As a great immune-boosting blend to use in a diffuser when coughs and colds are in the air combine 2 or 3 drops each of Cinnamon, Rosemary and Lemon – so simple and very effective. Alternatively sprinkle these oils onto a cotton handkerchief, carry in a plastic bag in your handbag for when you need a quick lift during the day.
Add 2 drops each of Orange, Cinnamon and Clove to a diffuser for a gorgeous Christmas blend.
Add 2 drops each of Lemon and Grapefruit to a diffuser to clean the air of colds and bugs.