Essential Oils for the Winter Season

by Andrea Butje on January 7, 2012

I know–it’s not really fair for me to write about essential oils for winter. I live in Florida!

But I’ll justify it because I lived in Ithaca, NY during the winters for many years! I know all about scraping car windows, black ice and freezing cold feet.

I had a few essential oils for winter that really got me through even the coldest, darkest nights.

So if moving to a tropical climate is not on your list for this winter, here are a few recipes to support your health through the cold months.

Steam Now!
For the moment you feel even the hint of a cold.

Use a 5 mL bottle with an orifice reducer. Make a stock bottle with the following essential oils and then use 1 drop for your steam:

  • 25 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 25 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)
  • 25 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

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The Best Inhaler

Add these oils to a blank inhaler and use 2–3 times daily for a few months:

  • 3 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 5 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 2 drops Laurel Leaf (Laurus nobilis)
  • 3 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

Video on how to make an inhaler

Awesome Aloe Wash for the Shower

Begin with 2 oz (56 gm) aloe vera gel in a flip top (pop up) PET plastic bottle and add:

  • 10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 3 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
  • 7 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Use freely on your body at the end of your shower and then rinse off. I recommend making a fresh bottle of this every few weeks. I usually like to use glass with essential oils, but in cases where glass isn’t ideal (such as for a blend I might drop in the shower), PET plastic is a good choice. It’s known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach.

“Keep Your Cold to Yourself” Diffuser Blend

Add drops to an electric diffuser filled with water and run until the blend is finished.

  • 10 drops Siberian Fir (Abies siberica)
  • 5 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Right Before Bed

Add the following oils to 1 oz of unscented lotion:

  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • 5 drop Sandalwood (Santalum album) — Vetiver or Patchouli can be substituted for Sandalwood.

Apply gently to your legs, feet, neck and stomach. I suggest blending a fresh jar of lotion and essential oils every few weeks.

During Your Morning Shower

3 drops of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor/1,8 cineole) on the shower floor in front of where you stand. Breathe deeply!

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Andrea Giordano January 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

Just love the diffuser blend and also the drops of Rosemary in the shower, a great wake me up.


Karen Williams January 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Several great ideas to help prevent and to help restore health! Also great for improving the immune system. I do love the blends! And they are so easy. Nice to be prepared!


Paula Kemp January 14, 2012 at 4:54 am

Hi there! Great recipes, thank you for sharing them, it’s nice to get other therapists recipes, as we all use different oils. Keep up the great work! Paula


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