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)

Need to learn how to do a steam? Register for Aromahead Institute’s free online class!

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 just under 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)
  • 3.5 ml Solubol dispersant

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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Vicki December 22, 2015 at 11:03 am

I am fairly new to essential oils, and it has been overwhelming to say the least learning about them with all of the information out there. I love reading your blog to help guide me on this new journey. Thank you!


Andrea Butje December 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Hi Vicki – there is SO much information out there, and I’m so glad to hear that you’ve put your trust in Aromahead! Have you taken our free intro course yet? It’s a great introductory course if you’re just starting out. You can find out more info here:

I’m also always an email away if you have any questions about essential oils: 🙂


Connie December 22, 2015 at 10:03 am

These Blends sound FANTABULOUS!! Can’t wait to make! As always Thank you for all you do! Merry Christmas!


Andrea Butje December 22, 2015 at 10:49 am

Haha, fantabulous is such a great way to describe these blends!! Merry Christmas to you too Connie 🙂


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


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!


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.


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