Essential oils are vital throughout the year, however in winter, essential oils offer specific benefits at this time of the year. But not all essential oils match with your needs in the winter.
We’ve put together a list of the best essential oils you can use this winter.
If you don’t already have these five essential oils on hand, here is why you should stock these oils especially during the wintertime.
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Research published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology in 2007* showed that oregano essential oil can help destroy staphylococcus aureus that is known to cause upper respiratory tract infections. Both compounds, carvacrol and thymol in oregano oil naturally fight bacteria and being an anti-inflammatory, the oil helps alleviate congestion in the airways and relieve sinus blockages.
The antibacterial properties of the oil will also assist in warding off bacteria and its anti-inflammatory properties will help to soothe an aching throat.
Oregano oil can also help boost your immunity. This oil fights bacterial and viral infections. It also contains natural antioxidants that prevent free radical damage and as an anti-parasitic it wards off powerful invaders that can potentially wreak havoc in the body.
Eucalyptus essential oil can be beneficial for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil is also antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature, which makes it an effective ingredient to treat respiratory problems.
Reducing body temperature to help reduce fevers is another use for eucalyptus. This is why one of the common names of eucalyptus oil is “fever oil”. It works well when combined with peppermint oil and sprayed on the body as a temperature reducer.
Eucalyptus oil is also known for its anti-viral and anti-bacterial healing properties. Eucalyptus oil and its major component, 1,8-cineole, have antimicrobial effects against many bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Inhaling the strong aroma of eucalyptus oil helps to loosen phlegm and alleviate congestion associated with the common cold, flu or more severe conditions such as bronchitis. Many over-the-counter rubs contain eucalyptus.
Lime essential oil has antiseptic properties. It can aid with respiratory viral infections including treatment of bronchitis. It is also effective in fighting other viral infections such as flu, mumps, coughs, colds, and measles.
Lime can also assist in reducing fevers. Often fever accompanies colds, viral, bacterial and wound infections. Since it is an antiallergenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrizant, fungicidal and antiseptic substance, lime essential oil can help cure the cause of fever and eventually reduce it.
Peppermint essential oil is often used to treat respiratory problems so you can breathe much easier. Conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia, sinusitis and even tuberculosis can be relieved simply by inhaling steam with added peppermint oil.
Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can also assist in unclogging your sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and may provide relief for colds and coughs.
Because of its cooling effects, peppermint oil is an excellent natural treatment to bring down a fever–especially in children. Simply mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it on a child’s neck and on the bottom of their feet to treat a fever.