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Five essential oils for winter

Essential oils can be incorporated into skincare and lifestyle routines in so many ways, to boost immunity and well-being. They don’t only smell great, but they have a wide variety of health benefits and healing properties. With the season changing, we want to share with you what are the most recommended essential oils for the winter season.

Ginger, distilled from the ginger root, is a warming and energizing oil with comforting properties – great to have at hand if you were to have a cold. It relaxes aching muscles and aids digestion.

You can for example add a couple of drops of the ginger essential oil in your bathwater or in a bowl of steaming water - place a towel over your head and breathe deep to clear your head and nose.

Lavender is often named the star of all essential oils. It is the most commonly used essential oil, having deeply moisturizing effects to keep your skin hydrated and healthy also in the cold season, when the skin tends to get dry. It is often used as a remedy to ease cold and flu symptoms that are common during the winter.

Lavender is a common ingredient in the best natural skincare products as well as in our treatments. It can also be applied directly to skin, unlike other essential oils. You can also add a couple of drops in a diffuser, to fill the room with great fragrance and a relaxing ambiance.

Peppermint oil is there for you to lift your spirits, if the winter season tends to make you feel low. It helps you feel energized and eliminate fatigue as the days are shorter. It has important immune-boosting and healing properties, oh-so-valuable during the wintertime.

If you were to have a headache, cough, or cold, you can use peppermint oil to sooth the throat and reduce inflammation.

You can add a drop of peppermint oil into a carrier oil and rub the blend onto your temples. Or you can add a couple of drops to your pillow before bedtime!

Rosemary essential oil improves circulation and is used to keep cold hands and feet warm. It is warming, stimulating, and is also used to treat cold symptoms, such as aching muscles.

Because many essential oils are great for fighting off winter ailments, they are often blended with each other. You can blend a couple of drops of two or three different immune-boosting essential oils and mix them with sweet almond oil or coconut oil. Use the oil in your skincare routine during the colder season or use it to massage specific areas in your body.

Patchouli is a grounding oil with a naturally woody aroma. It has therapeutic and toning effects and it helps to rejuvenate very dry or damaged skin. It not-only fights infections, but is also used in aromatherapy to balance emotions, as it is known to stimulate the release of happiness hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. Patchouli is also used to improve the quality of sleep.

Use topically by diluting a couple of drops in a carrier oil or a skincare product. Patchouli blends beautifully with Ginger, Lavender, and Lemongrass.

If you have an aroma diffuser, experiment with different blends to enhance your well-being and mood and to give your home a spa-like atmosphere. If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can also just test different essential oils and see what this time makes you feel best!

Photo: Smadar Liani

Note that if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have a medical condition or you are taking any medication, consult a healthcare provider before use.

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