5 Go-To Winter Essential Oils for Stress Relief, Invigoration, and Grounding

Amanda Christian
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Although the use of essential oils has evolved over time, oils extracted from aromatic plants have been used for centuries as part of religious ceremonies, cosmetics, medicine, and more.

There are so many uses for essential oils! In the winter, they can be used to reduce stress, feel energized, and enhance the holiday vibes with a natural aroma.

Below are a few winter essential oils that are perfect for the cool, dry winter months. These winter oils can help you combat the dark, cold days by invoking feelings of energy, relaxation, or groundedness – depending on what you may need on any given day.

Always make sure you use high quality essential oils, research the brand and extraction methods, and understand any cautions before use. For example, some winter essential oils should not be used around children, pets, or if you’re pregnant.

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Here Are 5 Go-To Winter Essential Oils for All Your Winter Needs:

Now, let’s discuss some popular essential oils to use during the winter!

1. Lavender

Lavender is an all-purpose essential oil. With a fresh floral and sweet scent, it’s the best oil to reach for when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Between holiday shopping, travel, and winter celebrations, lavender is a good winter oil to have on hand.

It can be combined with water in a spray bottle to freshen sheets and pillows. If you have trouble relaxing your mind before bed, add lavender essential oil to a diffuser, close your eyes and take a few breaths in bed before you fall asleep.

If you’re new to essential oils, lavender is the perfect starting point. It also makes a great gift during the holidays!

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2. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is the ultimate winter essential oil. It’s derived from the leaf of evergreen trees that can grow up to 50 feet tall. This winter oil has a soothing, cooling vapor.

The aromatic benefits of eucalyptus oil can be obtained when diffused. During the cold winter months when you come down with a cold or a stuffy nose, this winter oil can help promote feelings of relaxation and relief.

3. Sandalwood

Sandalwood trees can retain their fragrance for several decades. So, this winter essential oil has a sweet woody aroma. It was traditionally used for enhancing meditation.

You can use sandalwood essential oil in a diffuser to lessen tension and help focus the mind before a yoga session, or it can be diffused in your bedroom after a long day to promote a calm restful night of sleep.

4. Orange

Orange essential oil is a fresh sweet citrusy oil perfect for those times when you need a quick energy boost! During the cold winter months, a bright energizing oil like orange will get you motivated.

Put a few drops of orange essential oil is in a diffuser while you’re getting ready for the day. It will fill the air with an uplifting aroma that’s perfect for the chilly dark mornings when you need to get yourself up and ready for work.

(Note: If you ever apply orange essential oil topically, avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after using on the skin.)


5. Rosemary

The flavor of rosemary is often paired with foods like chicken, turkey, or roasted veggies and we mostly think of it as an ingredient to cook with. However, the uses and benefits of rosemary go beyond just flavoring in the kitchen.

With an uplifting woodsy scent, the rosemary plant was considered sacred by many civilizations.

While more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness, rosemary essential oil is thought to stimulate hair growth and improve the strength of your hair. When this winter essential oil is combined with coconut oil, it’s great for treating a dry scalp during the cold winter months.

(Avoid using rosemary essential oil during pregnancy and around children.)

The Takeaway on Winter Essential Oils

These are just five great winter essential oils, but there are so many more! The mood enhancing benefits of essential oils are numerous. Whether you need to unwind after a stressful busy day, or get yourself energized in the morning, there’s an oil for that!

By incorporating a few winter oils into your daily winter routine, you can quickly feel the uplifting effects they have to offer. Say goodbye to those winter blues and hello to less stress and more energy!

Essential oils can cause possible skin sensitivity. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctors care, consult your physician.

This article and all included information is not intended as medical advice and does not treat or diagnose. Please consult your doctor for any health-related questions or concerns.

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Amanda Christian

Amanda is a registered yoga teacher with a passion for wandering in the forest, teaching outdoor yoga, and drawing mandalas. She lives for campfire conversations and dark starry skies. Over on her website, she has free yoga classes, hiking guides and tips for getting creative! Follow her adventures on Instagram and YouTube @amandaoutside.


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