We have discussed the Best Essential Oils for Winter and how they can be used to support you through the cooler season. Whether it’s to uplift your mood, boost your family's spirits or looking to improve your immunity to fight the cold, whatever your need, we have a recipe and answer for you!

So let’s quickly cover the basics and the various ways that essential oils can be used:

What are essential oils and how do they work?

Essential oils are a concentrated form of healing compounds found in plants, produced during the extraction process. They work by being absorbed into the body through the skin and nose. When the essential oils are absorbed through the skin, they enter the bloodstream, carrying the healing molecules throughout the body. When inhaling an essential oil, the aromatic molecules travel through two routes: down into the lungs and up into the limbic system in the brain. In the lungs, essential oils pass into the bloodstream where they are carried throughout the entire body.

Did you know?

The limbic system is a primitive part of the brain that is associated with memory and emotional response. This is why certain aromas can produce powerful memories and can also help enhance our emotional state!

How can you use essential oils?

Diffuse: If you love diffusing your essential oils, you can mix a variety of the below 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 it in the future!

DIY: Create your very own DIY Disinfectant Spray or skincare product to support you through Winter.

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.

Massage: A beautiful way to incorporate essential oils into your life. Once the oil has been diluted with a carrier oil of your choice, you are then able to safely apply the oils to your skin giving you an instant desired response.

Bath: Why not add essential oils and a luxurious and relaxing bath? Dilute your essential oils in a carrier such as carrier oil, full-fat milk, coconut milk or honey before adding them to the water.

The perfect winter essential oil recipes and blends

Our bodies are amazing machines designed to protect us from diseases. Aromatherapy can be used to help support and reduce the burden placed on our immune system which is particularly useful when we are feeling run down, under the stress of caring for those who are unwell.

There are many powerful immunity supporting oils such as:

  • Lemon is an immune stimulant and has been shown to be useful in the treatment of influenza as well as many other illnesses. The scent is both comforting and impactful.
  • Eucalyptus is invaluable to help treat cold and flu symptoms, especially when applied to the chest and feet.
  • Rosemary is helpful for respiratory illness and is an excellent warming oil to clear the sinuses and ‘foggy head’. It can also be used for treating bacterial and fungal infections and has mild antiviral properties.
  • Tea Tree is both an immune stimulant and powerful antiseptic oil. Tea Tree has been shown to be effective in treating viral infections of the digestive system.
  • Clove Bud is a powerful antibacterial and is often used for treating bacterial infections.
  • Cinnamon is one of the strongest antibacterial essential oils and has some antifungal properties.

DIY blends for diffusing in Winter

Immune booster:

  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lime
  • 1 drop clove

Clean the Air:

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops thyme
  • 2 drops cinnamon
  • 2 drops lemon

Sinus support:

  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops eucalyptus

Ultimate immune boost:

  • 6 drops sinus clear blend
  • 3 drops immune support blend

DIY recipes for topical use in Winter

Chest Rub (Adults):

  • Glass Jar or airtight container
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus
  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops tea tree
  • 10 drops lavender

Combine ingredients and mix well. Rub on chest, neck and back as needed.

Chest Rub (Kids):

  • Glass Jar or airtight container
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • 6 drops kunzea
  • 6 drops lavender
  • 6 drops spearmint

Combine ingredients and mix well. Rub on chest, neck and back as needed

Antibacterial rollerball blend

Add the following to a 10ml rollerball and once added fill the rest with your favourite carrier oil then apply to the desired area.

  • 2 drops 2 tea tree
  • 2 drops thyme
  • 1 drop lemon myrtle

Emotional recharge for Winter

If you’re feeling burnt out, or run down during the cooler months, and are searching for a pick me up there are a variety of essential oils that may help you do just that. Essential oils offer emotional care and energising properties to stimulate positive serotonin in your body and lift your spirit and mood.

For irritability and anger:

  • Chamomile is a go-to for when you’re feeling frustrated. As an anti-inflammatory for the mind, it is gentle and sedating, perfect for both children and adults alike.
  • Mandarin is a slightly sedating citrus oil, calming for the younger one’s temper tantrums and the fresh fragrance adds lightness to the air.
  • Bergamot promotes and restores communication, it also has an uplifting antidepressant property.

Lavender offers properties that are both supportive and calming.

For restlessness to anxiety:

  • Ylang Ylang is a tonic for the heart and helps slow heart rate down.
  • Lavender is a cooling sedative oil, lavender slows the nervous system down to help support us during times of anxiety.
  • Geranium is a balancing oil to help calm the mind without slowing down, it restores a racing mind.

Frankincense promotes a meditative state and slows breathing down.

For stress to emotional burnout:

  • Lavender is both sedating and calming
  • Neroli is restorative and good for times of unexpected stress and shock
  • May Chang is essential a cheering oil and is helpful for times of emotional exhaustion

Cedarwood is both a grounding and centring oil, that helps to find a calm and silent inner space.

DIY blends for diffusing to help emotional recharge during Winter:

Morning Sun:

  • 4 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops frankincense
  • 1 drop clary sage
  • 1 drop spearmint


  • 3 drops lime
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 1 drop lemongrass
  • 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 1 drop rosemary

Spirit support (emotional pain):

  • 2 drops frankincense
  • 1 drop pine
  • 1 drop vetiver
  • 1 drop sweet orange

DIY blends for topical use:

Add the following to a 10ml rollerball and once added fill the rest with your favourite carrier oil then apply to the desired area.

Retreat (stress):

  • 4 drops sandalwood
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop clary sage

Freedom (for anger/irritation):

  • 2 drops Neroili
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop melissa

Confidence (low self-esteem):

  • 2 drops of rose
  • 1 drop of jasmine
  • 1 drop of cedarwood
  • 1 drop of juniper

DIY Purifying Spray for Winter:

  • 100ml mist spray bottle
  • 1tbs witch hazel
  • Distilled water
  • 6 drops rosemary
  • 6 drops eucalyptus
  • 6 drops cinnamon
  • 6 drops mandarin
  • 3 drops clove

Add the essential oils to the mist spray bottle, add the witch hazel and fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water, shake well and leave to sit for a few hours.

Spray liberally and shake well before each use.

Limited Edition Winter Essential Oil Blend

Or if you’re just wanting to get into the wintery spirit, warm your soul and reconnect with yourself during this season, we have an exciting new Winter Blend coming very soon.

The winter blues, melancholy and immune compromisation can also feature during this season and the Winter Blend is a little helping hand to get you through. The scent of Winter includes:

  • Pine
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Black Pepper
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Fir Needle
  • Elemi
  • Ho Leaf

Winter is a time for inner reflection and hibernation. Our inner life can mirror nature; plant growth slows and the soil has a chance to rest and repair ready for the warmer active months ahead. Why not add our Winter Blend to one of the many recipes listed above to give yourself that much needed extra bit of strength, warmth and cosiness.

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Author: Ali Macrae
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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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