The Best Essential Oils for Winter

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As we head into the depths of winter, dry skin, feeling sleepy, and fighting off seasonal illnesses is something that we all deal with. These essential oils are are favourite to reach for when the weather is cold and dark.


Peppermint is a great, multipurpose oil that is perfect for winter because it’s so reminiscent of the holiday season. It’s cooling properties means that it’s helpful for pain and headaches, plus it’s gently invigorating, so can be helpful in boosting energy during the darker months of the year.

Try it: Perk yourself up with Scentual’s Peppermint Twist Lip Conditioner

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Eucalyptus is a great winter oil because its awesome for respiration, making it great if you’re dealing with seasonal colds, flu, or coughs. Like peppermint, eucaluptus is also good for boosting energy, plus this oil is helpful for boosting your immune system.

Try it: Soak in Ecoderma’s Eucalyptus and Matcha Milk Bath


Because it’s reminiscent of all those refreshing smells from evergreen trees outside, we love pine essential oil this time of year! It’s a natural detoxifier and a natural disinfectant, plus it helps to stimulate blood flow which can help relieve swelling and pain.


Like pine, spruce is another oil that helps to remind us of the forest! It’s anti-bacterial as well, plus it can also be helpful for dealing with muscle aches and strains, making it a great oil to combine with pine.


If you deal with extra stress and anxiety around the holiday season, then lavender essential oil is a great one to have in your arsenal. This essential oil is great for stress relief and headaches, and can also be helpful for stabilizing mood and dealing with headaches.

Sweet Marjoram

Similar to oregano, sweet marjoram is great for boosting the immune system, promoting healthy digestion, and supporting respiratory health, making it a great oil to turn to this time of year.

Black Spruce

Black spruce is a great oil for centering and grounding, making it a great choice if you feel easily frazzled this time of year. It’s also helpful as a decongestant, making it a good one to grab if you’re fighting off a winter cold or flu.



Like many of the other oils mentioned, Myrtle is a great one for dealing with seasonal illnesses as well. It can also act as a gentle sedative, to help you drift off into sleep.


As well as being a natural anti-inflammatory, sage works as a anti-spasmodic, meaning that it’s great for digestion as well as any sort of cramps. Sage is also great for helping to calm irritated skin, making it a great one to grab.

Try it: Unwind with Nootka Natural’s Squamish Solstice Aromatherapy mist, with hemlock, sage, cedar, and lavender.


Balsam Fir

Another holiday favourite, balsam fir is also great for your respiratory system, but its refreshing scent can also help you feel more energized. It’s also great for helping with muscles aches and pains.


With a distinct scent, patchouli is part of the mint family. It has an earthy fragrance, which means it great for grounding, relaxing and calming.


This mild oil is awesome for the skin - it can help to balance oily skin, as well as naturally brighten the skin. It’s also helpful for refreshing and purifying the air.

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