Winter is the season for warm woollies, endless cups of tea and of course essential oils. Winter is a time we tend to go hibernate, we’re not as social the daylight is shorter and the weather is much cooler.
This is the perfect time to stay in and play with winter essential oils, get creative and use your essential oils for winter wellness.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. a gift from the earth.
Essential oils are extracted from plants is with a process called distillation, most commonly distillation by steam or water, where many parts of the plants are being used, including the plant roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark. some oils are also extracted using a cold pressing method , such as citrus oils.
After distillation, the outcome is a highly concentrated portion of essential oil, which will have the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted, and contain the true essence of the plant it came from. This includes the smell, but also the plant’s healing properties and other plant characteristics.
You can see how this highly potent extract of a plant or herb can be extremely useful for many purposes.
while essential oils are natural, care must be taken when using them and dilution is always recommended.
A few of my favourite winter essential oils are Eucalyptus, lemon, clove, roman chamomile, and lemongrass.
what can you do with these oils ?
Anything really. Personally I love diffusing oils in winter and all year round, you may not think of citrus scents for winter but they are perfect as they are uplifting and lemon has been shown to have immune boosting properties also great for a winter detox or to use in a homemade salt scrub exfoliation for the skin, to help your winter skin glow.
I love roman chamomile for winter it’s perfect in the diffuser at night for creating calm and setting up an ideal sleep environment, great for babies too. Roman chamomile is also another great oil to get your skin glowing just add a drop to a teaspoon of a carrier oil (I love coconut oil) and massage into your face and neck a perfect treatment for cosy nights in.
Clove oil not one to be underestimated, ok it doesn’t smell amazing but you can mix it in with citrus oils and cinnamon to make it smell better. It is great for areas that are prone to mould in winter you can make a spray for showers or damp areas to help combat mould. Add a drop of clove to a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage into the soles of your feet for immune boosting.
Make an immune boosting rub
1 drop clove essential oil
1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
1 drop lemon essential oil
1 drop lemongrass essential oil
mix into 5 teaspoon carrier oil for a quick mix or make a bigger batch by following the guide 1 drop essential oil to 1 tsp carrier.
Remember less is more when it comes to essential oils, you can use this mix on the soles of your feet or as a chest and back rub, Please check for reactions to essential oils and discontinue use if reaction occurs.
Make your own hand sanitizer using essential oils, take charge of your wellness
Get creative with oils, take time in winter to go inward, pamper yourself, create, have fun.