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Essential Oil Recipes for Winter

by Chad Pegura(more info)

listed in aromatherapy, originally published in issue 244 - February 2018

Winter is the perfect time to stay indoors and keep warm. It’s the time of year when a cozy home is the only place you want to be on a wild Saturday night. The days are short, the nights are long, and our homes become a sanctuary. With the multiple holidays that are met through this season, it’s no wonder essential oils are much-needed and often used in winter to fill our homes with wonderful aromas.

Winter perfect time to stay indoors

The Bountiful Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils can work wonders on the mind, body, and spirit. When used in a nebulizing diffuser, essential oil molecules are inhaled through the nose and mouth and into the lungs, where they enter the bloodstream and create a dynamic effect. Essential oils can ease pain, relieve stress, lift mood, relax the body, and provide a general sense of wellness. Essential oils also make the home smell fresh and clean by purifying the air or by adding a warm and wonderful scent.

Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years by many civilizations for their medicinal qualities. Today, more and more therapists and doctors are using essential oils to help people live healthier lives. Certified aromatherapists help match specific essential oils to meet the needs of their clients no matter what ails them.

Creating Essential Oil Blends

Creating Essential Oil Blends

You don’t need to be an aromatherapist to know how to use essential oils; choosing a few for your needs can be as easy as going online and making a purchase. Single oils can work wonders, and blending two or more together can create wonderful aromas. You can create a blend that is customized for your needs, or your desired scent. You can blend together oils to create a scent that can turn your home into a bakery or a citrus farm. You can create a blend to soothe a head cold or an upset tummy. You can even create a blend that will energize your guests for a fun winter’s party. When it comes to getting through the rigours of winter, essential oil blends can take you all the way to the spring thaw.

Holiday Helpers

Holiday Helpers

Not only are the holidays fun and exciting, they can also be stressful. There are several essential oil recipes to keep the good cheer flowing throughout the home no matter how many in-laws come to visit. Thankfully, there are also several that can reduce the stress when you can’t find that coveted gift, or when the season begins to overwhelm you. And luckily, there are even recipes that can really give you a boost and energize you to get through that Christmas Eve all-night gift-wrapping spree, or all-day cookie baking marathon.

Blends Of Good Cheer

  • 2 drops lemon oil + 2 drops orange oil + 2 drops grapefruit oil
  • 3 drops orange oil + 2 drops lavender oil + 1 drop frankincense
  • 2 drops sweet orange oil + 2 drops ginger oil + 1 drop cinnamon oil + 1 drop pine oil
  • 3 drops lime oil + 2 drops lemon oil + 1 drop wild orange oil + 1 drop bergamot oil + 1 drop white fir oil

Blends To Reduce Stress

  • 2 drops grapefruit oil + 2 drops bergamot oil + 2 drops lime oil + 2 drops sandalwood oil
  • 3 drops ginger oil + 2 drops cinnamon oil + 1 drop clove oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil + 1 drop clary sage oil + 1 drop ylang ylang oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood oil + 4 drops lavender oil

Blends To Energize

  • 1 drop peppermint oil + 2 drops spearmint oil + 1 drop cedarwood oil + 2 drops juniper oil
  • 2 drops rosemary oil + 2 drops peppermint oil + 2 drops grapefruit oil
  • 4 drops lemon oil + 2 drops eucalyptus
  • 1 drop lemon oil + 1 drop sweet orange oil + 1 drop grapefruit oil + 2 drops frankincense oil + 2 drops spearmint

Sickness Helpers

Sickness also tends to creep around more often during the winter months, from common colds to stomach viruses and bronchial infections.  It’s the time of year when everyone is in close quarters and germs can spread more easily. Fortunately, there are several essential oil recipes for winter that can purify the air to keep the germs at bay. There are also essential oil recipes that can boost your immune system to help you fight the good fight. Should you succumb to a nasty bug, many recipes can ease the discomfort of illness symptoms and shorten their duration.  

Air Purifying and Cleansing Blends

  • 3 drops eucalyptus oil + 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 3 drops orange oil + 2 drops grapefruit
  • 4 drops tea tree oil + 4 drops lemon oil
  • 2 drops lemon oil + 2 drops lime oil + 2 drops rosemary oil

Immunity Boosting Blends

  • 1 drop rosemary oil + 1 drop clove oil + 1 drop eucalyptus oil + 1 drop cinnamon oil + 1 drop orange oil
  • 3 drops peppermint oil + 2 drops Organic Aromas Burglars Blend + 1 drop frankincense
  • 2 drops wild orange oil + 2 drops cinnamon oil + 2 drops clove oil + 1 drop ginger oil
  • 3 drops Organic Aromas Burglars Blend + 3 drops ginger oil

Bug Beating Blends

  • 2 drops tea tree oil + 2 drops rosemary oil + 2 drops peppermint oil + 2 drop eucalyptus oil (coughs, sore throats)
  • 4 drops tea tree oil + 4 drops bergamot oil + 2 drops black pepper oil (viral infections)
  • 4 drops lemon oil + 4 drops tea tree oil + 4 drops lavender oil (colds and flu)
  • 2 drops lemongrass oil + 3 drops peppermint oil + 3 drops mandarin oil (soothe upset stomach)
  • 3 drops eucalyptus oil + 2 drops lavender oil + 2 drops peppermint oil (stuffy nose)
  • 3 drops eucalyptus oil + 3 drops peppermint oil (head & chest decongestant)

Mood Creators

There are times when you don’t want to bake, but you want the house to smell like you made 10 trays of cookies. You might not have access to real pine trees, but maybe you want the house to smell like the deep, snow-covered forest. Or, maybe you have the winter blues and need to feel better quick. Whatever you desire, it just takes the right essential oil recipes to make the home inviting and cozy this winter.

Best Baking Blends

  • 1 drop sweet orange oil + 2 drops cinnamon oil + 3 drops ginger oil
  • 1 drop cinnamon oil + 3 drops ginger oil + 1 drop clove oil
  • 3 drops tangerine oil + 1 drop elemi oil
  • 2 drops lemon oil + 2 drops marjoram oil

Bring the Outside In Blends

  • 2 drops cedarwood oil + 2 drops clover or ginger oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit oil + 1 drop pine oil + 1 drop black pepper oil
  • 1 drop lemon oil + 1 drop frankincense oil + 1 drop pine oil
  • 2 drops pine oil + 1 drop cedarwood oil + 1 or 2 drops of frankincense oil + 1 drop rosemary oil

Freshness Blends

  • 3 drops pine oil + 3 drops cypress oil + 2 drops wintergreen oil
  • 2 drops lemon oil + 2 drops oregano oil + 2 drops tea tree oil + 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 1 drop lemon oil + 1 drop sweet orange oil + 1 drop grapefruit oil + 2 drops frankincense oil + 2 drops spearmint oil
  • 4 drops grapefruit oil + 2 drops frankincense oil  

Feel Better Blues Blends

  • 3 drops bergamot oil + 1 drop neroli oil + 1 drop jasmine oil
  • 3 drops bergamot oil + 2 drops clary sage oil
  • 4 drops sweet orange oil + 1 drop ylang ylang oil
  • 3 drops grapefruit oil + 2 drops cypress oil
  • 1 drop vetiver oil + 2 drops lavender oil + 3 drops bergamot oil

Happy Holiday Blends

  • 2 – 3 drops cedarwood oil + 1 drop patchouli + 2 -3 drops pine oil
  • 2 drops sweet orange oil + 2 drops frankincense oil + 2 drops myrrh oil
  • 1 drop spearmint oil + 1 drop cassia oil + 3 drops peppermint oil
  • 3 drops cardamom oil + 2 drops sweet orange oil + 1 drop clove oil

For less work on your end, there are several blends that have already been created for you. Try some of the essential oil blends this winter that Organic Aromas has to offer, such as:  

  • Burglars to fight colds and flu
  • Meditation to reduce fatigue and relax
  • Purity to enhance wellbeing and sooth nerves
  • Energy to stimulate and uplift the mind
  • Jubilation to calm the nerves and boost the immune system

From spicy to woodsy, flowery to citrusy, there is no end to what you can create by trying some of these essential oil recipes for winter. After all, it’s a season that sometimes seems to last much longer than all of the others, so muddle through it by staying healthy, staying happy, and staying in a well-scented home.

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About Chad Pegura

Chad Pegura is a writer for Organic Aromas, a health and wellness website that shares the power of aromatherapy through its Nebulizing Diffusers® that use only pure essential oils. Chad may be contacted via Tel: +1 (650) 989-5013; info@organicaromas.com   www.organicaromas.com

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