Every year, more and more people are on the hunt for natural solutions to support their overall wellbeing. Essential oils 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 everyone's go-tos this season!
oregano essential oil
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
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, mug, or water bottle for a daily cleanse and immune support.
frankincense essential oil
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 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 and eucalyptus essential oils
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.
tumeric essential oil
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.
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 10ml roller bottle combine:
- 6 drops Oregano
- 6 drops Lemon
- 6 drops Frankincense
- 6 drops Arborvitae
- Fill the rest with a carrier oil
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.
Stay healthy this holiday season! Comment which recipe works for you... 👇🏼
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.