Every year more and more people are on the hunt for natural solutions to support their overall wellbeing. Essential oils are volatile and potent compounds that are extracted from plants and we've rounded up a few of our favourites to use during the cold, dark months ahead! Whether you're struggling with holiday stress, a compromised immune system, or seasonal depression... here are a few of the top essential oils that we feel should be in everyone's wellness arsenal this season!
Oregano Essential Oil
Why: Oregano is a powerhouse essential oil when it comes to protecting your immune system. It also contains thymol which is a naturally occurring antifungal that helps protect the body against toxins. Carvacrol is the strongest phenol in Oregano oil and helps stop the growth of several bacteria. Last but not least, rosemarinic acid is the powerful antioxidant in Oregano oil that protects our bodies against free radicals.
How to Use: Mix a couple drops of Oregano with a carrier oil and massage onto the bottoms of your feet for extra immune support. Please note that Oregano is considered a hot oil and should not be applied neat.
Lemon Essential Oil
Why: Lemon is one of the most popular citrus oils, and comes rich in antioxidants. The great thing about Lemon essential oil is that it can be easily incorporated into your daily routine. It helps reduce inflammation, fight bacteria, fungi, boost energy and ease your digestive system. Additionally, Lemon oil stimulates lymphatic drainage which helps rid the body of waste. This makes it great for treating colds, coughs, and clearing the body of toxins.
How to Use: Add 1-2 drops of Lemon to your glass or stainless steel water bottle for a daily cleanse and immune support.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Why: The King of Oils! It not only helps our immune system, but it reduces pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety, and more. Frankincense has the ability to enhance our immune system, and assist in killing dangerous bacteria and viruses. It contains antiseptic, antimicrobial and disinfectant properties which make it necessary during virus season!
How to Use: Add 2-5 drops of Frankincense to your diffuser and enjoy the aromatic benefits. Blends well with Lavender, Sandalwood, Ginger, Lemon.
Peppermint + Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Why: Peppermint and Eucalyptus are a couple of the best essential oils that everyone should utilize during the winter season. We grouped these together because they’re very similar when it comes to uses and benefits. Peppermint and Eucalyptus both contain properties that are great for respiratory support, immune support, muscle aches and pains, headaches, nausea and more.
How to Use: Add 20 drops of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or both to a nasal inhaler and breathe it in to clear congestion.
Arborvitae Essential Oil
Why: Arborvitae can be described as woody, majestic, and strong. Most people either love the scent or the complete opposite! It is less common but nonetheless, still a must-have oil for this time of the year. Arborvitae essential oil is high in tropolones, which are a group of chemicals known to protect against environmental and/or seasonal threats. Arborvitae contains cleansing properties and promotes healthy cell regeneration, respiratory support, and immune support.
Fun Fact: Arborvitae Trees can live for over 800 years. No wonder Arborvitae means “Tree of Life”!
How to Use: Add a few drops of Arborvitae to a carrier oil and rub onto the bottoms of feet for immune support, or rub on your chest for respiratory support.
Turmeric Essential Oil
Why: Due to Turmeric’s antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiparasitic qualities—it has the ability to enhance your body's natural defence system. By releasing an antioxidant called bilirubin, Turmeric strengthens your immune system's response to common infections. Turmeric can also help reduce joint pain, respiratory issues, eczema, and more.
How to Use: Add 1-2 drops of Turmeric essential oil to a cup of tea, hot water, or steamed milk (or alternative). Please note: Turmeric essential oil is much more potent than the powder.
Steam Cup (A.K.A. Mug of Death)
Inhaling the vapour from certain essential oils may help ease sinus congestion, support our immune system and open our airways. This is the best remedy for sinus relief/congestion! You could also do this with Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint if you struggle with allergies.
- Boil water and pour into a mug.
- Add 2 drops Oregano, 2 drops Lemon, 2 drops Frankincense, and 2 drops Peppermint (or Eucalyptus) to your water.
- Place a towel or cloth over your eyes and inhale deeply over your mug until your sinuses are clear. Please do not open your eyes during this process.
Immunity Roller Bottle Blend
On-the-go immune support! Adding our essential oils to a roller bottle is super travel-friendly. The oils in this blend will enter the bloodstream and build up our bodies resilience to sickness and bacterial intruders. You can utilize this blend by applying it to the bottoms of your feet, or even on your throat and the back of your neck if you don’t have sensitive skin! In a 30ml roller bottle combine:
- 20 drops Oregano
- 20 drops Lemon
- 20 drops Frankincense
- 20 drops Arborvitae
- Fill the rest with a carrier oil
Raw Honey Throat Spray
This natural remedy for sore and scratchy throats will be a household favourite! The acidity from the Apple Cider Vinegar will help to break up phlegm and raw honey will add a nice soothing effect. The essential oils in this spray will help reduce inflammation, pain, and bacteria. To utilize this blend, simply shake and spray onto the back of your throat and repeat as needed. In a 15ml spray bottle combine:
- 3 drops Clove
- 1 drop Cinnamon
- 3 drops Peppermint
- 3 drops Lemon
- 1 Tsp Raw Honey
- 1/2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Boil water and mix in ACV and Raw Honey. Wait for it to become room temperature and add in oils, and pour into spray bottle.
Try incorporating this bedtime tea into your night routine. Both Ginger and Frankincense essential oil are fantastic for strengthening your immune system, fighting viruses and balancing emotions. Whether you are feeling under the weather (coughing, fever, sore throat, headache, depression, congestion, indigestion) or feeling stressed and anxious, this bedtime tea will help soothe your mind and body before bed.
- 1 drop Ginger
- 1 drop Frankincense
- 1 drop Lemon *optional
- 1/2 - 1 tsp of unpastured honey
Add essential oils to a teaspoon of honey and stir stick around in a cup of boiled water or tea (decaf of course). Feel free to add a drop of lemon to feel refreshed and renewed.
DISCLAIMER: Make sure you are using the safest essential oils available to you. We use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. All information mentioned in this blog post has not been evaluated by Health Canada or the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please make sure to read the labels on your essential oil bottles to ensure they can be taken internally. Never use essential oils internally if you do not personally feel comfortable doing so.