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Our favorite essential oils for Winter

a bottle of essential oil in a bowl with pinecones

The 5-element theory of Chinese medicine tells us that in the winter, we ought to :

  • support our immune system

  • keep warm

  • keep our bones & joints protected

  • replenish our kidneys and adrenals

Essential oils are NOT recommended to our expecting and breastfeeding mamas,

and we recommend to always do an allergy test on the crease of your elbow before using.

Essential oils for Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenals are the glands that sit on top of your kidneys and that secrete some hormones, especially stress hormones. In the winter, we need to replenish by slowing down. You can massage your low back area with some of the following oils (diluted in a neutral oil like jojoba):

open bottle of pine essential oil
  • Black Spruce Picea mariana: Fatigue, immune support, adrenal support, stress, anxiety, feelings of burn out

  • Cedar Cedrus atlantica: stress, anxiety, emotional exhaustion

  • Pine Pinus sylvestris: may have a stimulating effect on the adrenal cortex; physical & nervous fatigue

  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis: strengthening tonic for the whole body often used for clients who are tired, run down and may be helpful for exhaustion

Warming essential oils

brown bottle of essential oil with cinnamon sticks
  • Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum Exhaustion, mild depression, emotional coolness, low libido, Infections (viral, bacterial, fungal), bronchitis

  • Cardamom Elettaria cardamomum: Anxiety, mental fatigue, mild depression, indigestion, nausea, heartburn, stomach ache, poor circulation

  • Clove Eugenia caryophyllata: stiff joints, infections, colds, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, nausea, poor digestion, poor circulation

  • Black Pepper Piper nigrum: Muscle aches, stiff joints, poor circulation, feeling cold, indigestion, sluggish digestion, infections

As well as being warming and stimulating, they’re also great at easing those every-day aches and pains such as a stiff back, which always feels much worse during the winter months.

Try using them in a massage, after an essential oil foot soak or bath !

Immune support essential oils

apothecary style bottles with eucalyptus branches
  • Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia: gentle & powerful, full-spectrum, anti-infectious properties & support for the immune system

  • Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens: Muscle aches, cramps, stiff joints, water retention, inflammation

  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus: mental fog, congestion of nose & sinuses, expectorant, analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral.

  • Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis: Respiratory congestion, muscle aches, stiff joints, poor circulation, headaches, infections, lymphatic support, immune support.

How to use essential oils for immunity

  • Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tbsp of carrier oil like jojoba or natural lotion, apply to your upper chest and upper back.

  • Foot bath: Mix 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1/2 tsp of carrier oil. Fill a tub (deep enough to cover your feet and ankles) with warm water. Add the essential oil mixture, stir well, and immerse your feet for 10-15 minutes.

Further reading about Winter health


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