Now that we have been using essential oils for the past 18 months I can’t imagine life without them. We use them for everything; there really is an oil for that! (if you know me, you will know I say this A LOT!) There are particular oils that we use more of during the winter months for our overall health and wellness and I want to share those with you today.
First I’ll give you a rundown of our go-to oils in winter; what they are and how you can use them and then I’ll share some of my fav recipes for natural and safe remedies that you can use too.
I really couldn't imagine a winter without my essential oils! I love that I can make up lots of little potions for my family to support their bodies to heal naturally. I would love to share with you some of the ways we support our families’ health through winter with some natural and safe remedies.
On Guard (protective blend)
This blend is specially formulated to protect us when seasonal threats are high as it supports healthy immune function. This is a blend of clove, wild orange, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary. At the first signs of a cold or cough this goes straight into the diffuser. I also use it in my cleaning products, in my cold buster blend (read on for the recipe), as my natural hand sanitiser and we also like to roll on the soles of our feet. This blend kept us away from the doctor and stopped any sniffles in their tracks last winter and I know it will do the same this year. I also have the On Guard throat drops on hand throughout the winter months.
Easy Air (clear blend)
I like to think of this as a natural alternative to vicks. It is a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and cardamom and smells AH-MAZING. One whiff and I can feel my nose clear. It is known as the respiratory blend as it helps us to breathe and opens up the airways. I also make a chest rub that we use throughout the winter months (recipe below). This is in our diffusers pretty much every night as it also promotes restful sleep and helps reduce the snoring.
Tea Tree is an amazing oil to support us throughout winter. It is a natural anti-septic and has anti-inflammatory properties making it a must for a natural medicine cabinet. It can be used aromatically in a diffuser to help purify and cleanse the air and also help with clear breathing as well as being used in a veggie capsule and taken internally or as part of my cold buster blend.
Often referred to as nature’s antibiotic, Oregano essential oil is very high in antioxidants and supports a healthy immune function – this can be taken internally on its own or in combination with oils such as Lemon and On Guard. This is in my cold buster blend. It is a hot oil and should ALWAYS be diluted when applying topically to the skin.
Known as the ‘king of oils’ Frankincense supports a healthy cellular function, which helps us to keep healthy and well during the winter months. This is added to my cold buster blend (recipe below). I often add this to the diffuser when someone in our household has signs of a cough or cold.
I love lemon as it makes me happy (this is my son’s fav oil for this reason). But not only does it make us happy, it has a number of benefits and is a very versatile oil and used in many of our remedies. It helps to provide an immune boost and helps to support healthy respiratory function. We use this both aromatically and internally (veggie capsule).
May favourite natural and safe winter remedies:
These recipes are used in our home throughout the winter months.
Cold buster blend
In a 10ml empty roller bottle add:
- 10 drops Frankincense
- 10 drops On Guard
- 10 drops Tea Tree
- 10 drops Lemon
- 5 drops Oregano
Top up with Fractionated Coconut oil and apply to the soles of the feel 4 times per day when you sense a cold coming on. These oils are all known for their immune boosting properties.
Easy Air chest rub
½ cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons beeswax
20 drops easy air
Melt the beeswax and coconut oil (I did mine in my thermomix but you can use a double boiler) until just melted. Add in the drops of Easy Air (add less if you have babies in the house). Stir and pour into a glass jar with lid and leave to set. Apply a small amount to the chest as needed.
Sore throat soother
Boil the kettle and add a teaspoon of honey with one drop of lemon and one drop of On Guard essential oil. Stir and drink. Sometimes I add the honey, lemon and On Guard to a black tea and other times I just have it as is.
You can add the drops of oil to the teaspoon of honey and eat. I prefer to add mine to a warm drink as I find it more soothing on my throat.
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Please note that I am not a doctor, I am purely sharing the recipes that we use in our home. The cold buster blend is used by my husband and I – I would dilute this further for use on my children.