3 essential oils essential for winter

Comfortable sweaters, a hot cup of coffee and a ball of cotton yarn are obvious signs that winter is here. Sadly, winter also comes with increased cases of flu, congestion, fever, muscle pain, scalp dryness, hair loss and dry skin, just to name a few. But worry not, here are 3 essential oils that can be used if you want to take the natural route to fight against the inconveniences of winter.

Peppermint essential oil

Peppermint is rich in methanol, hence the cool and soothing sensation when applied onto the skin. The scented oil has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties, making it a winter staple. It also helps to prevent any kind of discomfort.

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How to use it

  • Massage a few drops on your stomach and abdomen to treat general nausea.
  • Use a few drops of the oil on your chest and massage in case of a cold or flu.
  • Rub this oil on your forehead and flanks to relieve headaches, it is a very effective method.
  • Mix a few drops of peppermint with massage oil to heal sore muscles.

Eucalyptus essential oil

Eucalyptus oil is a boon for anyone who often gets sick during the winter. It has multiple benefits for the human body as it acts as an anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antibacterial, antiseptic, stimulant, insecticide and antispasmodic agent. Plus, it has a unique soothing scent!

How to use it

  • Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to boiling water and inhale the steam to get rid of the cold and congestion.
  • Mix eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil and massage the scalp to eliminate itchiness.
  • If you have cold sores, mix eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, and coconut oil. Apply to cold sores 3-4 times a day.
  • In case of fever, mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil with jojoba oil then apply on the forehead, neck and soles of the feet.
  • Add a few drops to a hot bath for effective and efficient muscle relaxation.

Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil not only has a refreshing scent, but it also has beneficial properties for everyone, from home care to skin care. Lemon essential oil has antifungal, antiseptic, detoxifying, calming and astringent properties.

How to use it

  • Add a few drops of the oil to your facial cleanser to help remove dead skin.
  • Put a few drops in a diffuser to improve your mood, this is one method that works.
  • Add a few drops of lemon oil to a carrier oil and massage the scalp to remove dandruff.
  • Mix lemon oil with massage oil to fight flu and fatigue.
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