Winter is quickly approaching which means it’s finally time to get your woollies, coats and heaters out. Now, we won’t lie, as much as we love the sunshine, days at the beach and warmer weather here on the Gold Coast, we also love the early sunsets, nights around the fire, wearing too many layers and spending extra quality time with family and friends. There’s something about the Winter season that just makes everything so much more homey, from certain aromas to the internal feelings of warmth.

When you think of Winter, what smells do you associate with it? Ginger? Cinnamon? Clove? Forest and woody smells? We sure do! Here at ECO. we offer a range of essential oils and blends that are curated with the Winter season in mind. From our immune-boosting blends to oils such as Patchouli and Thyme we are going to tell you our favourite essential oils we recommend for winter.

Best Essential Oils for Winter

1. Copaiba Pure Essential Oil


With its gentle woody aroma and a slight undertone of cut foliage this essential oil is both soothing and warming for the spirit when you’re in need of stability. Known to have anti-inflammatory properties and ​​analgesic actions, Copaiba may benefit you in treating bladder and throat infections that way may experience through the cooler seasons.

How to use Copaiba essential oil

  • Diffuser: Add 6-8 drops of your Copaiba essential oil to a diffuser.
  • Quick fix: A few deep inhalations from the bottle can help when you are at work, in the car or anytime you need a quick break.
  • Shower: Add 2-3 drops to the corner of the shower and enjoy the benefits of steam inhalation.
  • Bath: Add up to 5 drops in a dispersant such as oil, to the bath to help improve skin tone and for relaxation.
  • Massage: Use a 2.5% dilution; up to 15 drops per 30ml of carrier oil for sore muscles.
    Hand or foot bath: Add 2 drops to a bowl of water.
  • Compress: Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of water. For treating inflammation or to cool down use cold to room temperature water. For aching tight muscles use warm to hot water. Agitate a face washer in the water, wring out excess moisture and apply washer to the affected area. Repeat two or three times as the compress cools down or warms up.
  • Steam Treatment: Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water. Place your face close to the bowl and cover the back of your head and bowl with a towel to trap the aromatic vapours. Caution due to risk of burns or scalding and keep eyes covered during treatment.

2. Thyme Pure Essential Oil


Known as a spiritually protective oil, Thyme helps us fortify healthy boundaries and is the perfect remedy for mental fatigue and depressed spirits that we see experienced through Winter. With its powerful disinfectant and antimicrobial properties being recognised, it can not only be added to cleaning products but can be used to treat those with illnesses or prone to infections. Its earthy and refreshing smell is a must-have in the household with all-round immune boosting properties.

How to use Thyme essential oil

  • Diffuser: Add 6-8 drops of your Thyme essential oil to a diffuser.
  • Quick fix: A few deep inhalations from the bottle can help when you are at work, in the car or anytime you need a quick break.
  • Bath: Add up to 5 drops in a dispersant such as oil, to the bath to create a relaxing atmosphere while nourishing your skin.
  • Hand or foot bath: Add 2 drops to a bowl of water.
  • Compress: Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of water. For treating inflammation or to cool down use cold to room temperature water. For aching tight muscles use warm to hot water. Agitate a face washer in the water, wring out excess moisture and apply washer to the affected area. Repeat two or three times as the compress cools down or warms up.
  • Steam Treatment: Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water. Place your face close to the bowl and cover the back of your head and bowl with a towel to trap the aromatic vapours. Caution due to risk of burns or scalding and keep eyes covered during treatment.

3. Clove Pure Essential Oil


As one of our team favourites, Clove Bud essential oil is filled with warm and spicy tones which are said to ignite our thoughts and restore a sense of clarity within our life. Acting as a mental stimulant and analgesic for the heart. With it warming our senses both internally and externally Clove is one to reach for during this season. It can have a beneficial influence on stimulating the digestive system as well as many antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

How to use Close essential oil

  • Diffuser: Add 6-8 drops of your Clove essential oil to a diffuser.
  • Quick fix: A few deep inhalations from the bottle can help when you are at work, in the car or anytime you need a quick break.
  • Massage: Use a 2.5% dilution; up to 15 drops per 30ml carrier oil.
    Hand or foot bath: Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of water.
  • Compress: To a bowl of water, add 2 drops of essential oil. Agitate a face washer in the water, wring out excess moisture and apply washer to the affected area. Repeat two or three times as the compress cools down or warms up to treat abdominal complaints and muscular pain.
  • Cleaning: Can be used in a spray bottle as a disinfectant.

*Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep dilution low as Clove Bud can be toxic and overwhelming to the mind in large doses. Also, may cause skin irritation.

4. Patchouli Pure Essential Oil


The deeply woody and sweet scent of Patchouli gently beckons the mind down to stillness, where it can rejuvenate in blissful silence. Being a grounding oil that helps to instil a sense of calm, Patchouli essential oil is recommended to those searching for reconnection and re-establishment within their lives. Winter is a time of hibernation and re-evaluation in which Patchouli can support you through. As well as this, with immune-stimulating properties, it could help prevent illnesses, especially for those more vulnerable.

How to use Patchouli essential oil

  • Diffuser: Add 6-8 drops of your Patchouli essential oil to a diffuser.
  • Quick fix: A few deep inhalations from the bottle can help when you are at work, in the car or anytime you need a quick break.
  • Shower: Add 2-3 drops to the corner of the shower and enjoy the benefits of steam inhalation.
  • Bath: Add up to 5 drops in a dispersant such as oil, to the bath to create a relaxing atmosphere while nourishing your skin.
  • Topically: Mix 1 drop of chosen essential oil with 5ml carrier oil and apply to wrists, chest or back of the neck.
  • Hand or foot bath: Add 2 drops to a bowl of water to improve rough and calloused skin.
  • Compress: Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of water. For treating inflammation or to cool down use cold to room temperature water. For aching tight muscles use warm to hot water. Agitate a face washer in the water, wring out excess moisture and apply washer to the affected area. Repeat two or three times as the compress cools down or warms up.
  • Steam Treatment: Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water. Place your face close to the bowl and cover the back of your head and bowl with a towel to trap the aromatic vapours. Caution due to risk of burns or scalding and keep eyes covered during treatment.

Essential oils to help digestive complaints in Winter

With the chances of getting ill increasing during Winter, it’s important you take care of yourself internally to ensure you are at your strongest if you do fall ill. As well as the above essentials, there are several other essential oils that can help with specific digestive concerns such as nausea and poor digestion. Sometimes, our digestive system can react to the change of seasons due to our change in daily activities.

Essential oils for nausea


  • Ginger essential oil: Morning and travel sickness.
  • Peppermint essential oil: overindulgence, feeling nauseous with a headache or pain around the abdominal area. *For children and pregnant ladies try the gentler spearmint essential oil.
  • Lemon essential oil: its uplifting fresh scents are known to help overcome the feelings of nausea.

An easy way to use these recommended essential oils is by a deep inhalation from the bottle when you are feeling nauseous or apply topically, directly to the abdomen after diluting in a carrier oil.

Essential oils for poor digestion


Diluting these oils with a carrier oil allows for you to massage them onto the lower back and abdomen where you may be feeling pain or discomfort. You can also opt for adding them to your diffuser for the oils to be diffused throughout the day to allow for continuous support.

Uplifting essential oils for Winter

Essential oils can support us holistically by improving us physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Help improve your mood and energy with some of our favourite uplifting essential oils such as Bergamot, May Chang, Rose, Sandalwood & citrus oils. When we're wanting to lift our spirits mentally during Winter, we can do this in a variety of ways by incoporating essential oils. By making time for yourself, you can create a self-care ritual by adding to your diffuser, adding to your bath or adding to your body moisturiser.

Balancing essential oils for Winter

When we’re wanting to lift our spirits mentally this season there are a variety of different ways we can do this, by making time for yourself you can create a self-care ritual where you can use these essential oils in a diffuser, diluting in a carrier oil and adding a few drops to your bath or using them when moisturising your skin. If you are short on time, an intentional direct inhalation from the bottle is easy and you can keep the essential oil with you to enjoy little bursts throughout the day. Our favourite balancing essential oils are; Geranium, Sandalwood, Lavender and Cedarwood.

Essential oils for respiratory complaints during Winter

General colds, flu, sniffles and coughs are so common during Winter, including aromatherapy in your day to day lifestyle can keep all of those at bay. There are a number of different oils that target the different effects that come with having a cold or the flu:

Expectorant essential oils: thins mucus in the sinuses and lungs which makes it easier to expel. For blocked nose and congested lungs.

Rosemary, Peppermint, Eucalyptus

Anti-bacterial essential oils: kills pathogens from a bacterial or organism.

Lemon, Lavender, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood

Anti-septic essential oils: a disinfectant, can be used on surfaces or diffused in the air. Most essential oils are antiseptic although some are stronger than others.

Lime, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass

Balsamic essential oils: for the respiratory system refers to soothing and calming the throat. For dry cough and irritated throat.

Sandalwood, Frankincense, Geranium

 

Best ways to use your essential oils for colds & flus

Diffuse: If you love diffusing your essential oils, you can mix a variety of the above mentioned to enjoy beneficial results. Create your perfect diffuser blend recipe to help you with any respiratory complaints and note it down in your essential oil journal so you can use in the future!

DIY: Create your very own DIY Disinfectant Spray to help stop the spread of illnesses. Spray throughout your home or use on hard surfaces for best results.

Steam inhalation: there are a number of ways you can do this, adding a few drops into the corner of your shower, steam room, or to a bowl of steaming hot water and placing your face close to the bowl and covering your head with a towel to capture the steam.

Winter doesn’t have to be feared at the worry of compromised immunity and being under the weather. Including aromatherapy in your daily life will give you that cosy and warm feeling whilst also boosting your immune system and increasing mental calmness and stability.

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Author: Ali Macrae
Content Creator

Ali is the Content Creator at ECO. Modern Essentials. Ali oversees the company's social media platforms, helps coordinate brand collaborations and is a leader for ECO.'s content creation.

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