Top 7 essential oils for winter

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Lemon essential oil has been popular for quite some time now. It has antimicrobial, antiseptic & bactericidal properties which makes it very useful in relieving the symptoms of colds, flu, bronchitis & asthma. It is also said to exhibit immune stimulating properties which means it stimulates the production of white blood cells, helping the body to fight off bacteria.

Lemon oil is considered safe to diffuse around children.



Lavender has so many uses! Often called the Queen of essential oils. One use for lavender is the treatment of colds, flu, bronchitis, throat infections & congestion. The antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, decongestant properties make it handy to have around in winter. Its calming & sedative properties will also help with rest & sleep while recovering from illness.

Lavender is safe to use with children.




Peppermint oil is useful for relieving symptoms of cold & flu, particularly when there is fever & headaches. The decongestant & expectorant properties in peppermint oil make it especially beneficial for any condition where congestion is present. Peppermint also has strong antibacterial & antiseptic properties.

Robert Tisserand advises it is safe to diffuse peppermint oil around children 3+ at a low dilution rate.




Frankincense has been traditionally used to alleviate respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma & congestion. It soothes coughs & eliminates phlegm. Frankincense promotes deep breathing & relaxation, which is why it is considered beneficial for asthma. It can also ease body aches & pains, headaches & is considered an immune stimulant.

Frankincense is considered safe to diffuse around children.


Cedarwood Atlas

I have included Cedarwood Atlas as it is quite high in components that make it excellent at breaking down & expelling mucus, therefore it is beneficial in any state where congestion is present. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant & sedative properties & is good for treating coughs & chronic bronchitis. Cedarwood Atlas is said to be a strengthening & comforting oil.

Cedarwood Atlas is considered safe to diffuse around children.



Eucalyptus Radiata

Eucalyptus is a classic essential oil used in winter & I couldn’t leave it off this list. It is best known as a decongestant for colds & congestion. Eucalyptus can significantly improve respiratory function during a cold by clearing & breaking through the infection & congestion which allows the sufferer to breathe more freely. Its antibacterial, antiseptic & antiviral properties make it powerful against airborne bacteria.

There has been a lot of confusion around the safety of eucalyptus with children. Robert Tisserand advises that Eucalyptus Radiata is safe to diffuse around children from 2+ at a low dilution rate.



Tea Tree

Tea Tree essential oil is often referred to as a ‘first aid kit in a bottle’ so would have to make it onto this list. It is considered to have a broad spectrum antimicrobial activity against bacteria & viruses. Tea Tree oil is a powerful immunostimulant. It increases the human body’s ability to respond to the threat of infection. It is recommended for use against asthma, bronchitis, coughs, congestion, sinusitis & whooping cough.

Tea Tree is considered safe to use with children.



As usual with essential oils, there are many other oils that may be just as effective & individuals react differently. So an essential oil that works for one person may not work for the next. It’s about finding what works best for you & your family to support your health & wellbeing during winter, when there are so many bugs about. All the oils I have included on this list are easy to find & the prices are affordable.


Health & happiness,


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  • Delia challis on

    I would like to know a recipe for face syrum. I knew a couple, such as lavender, patchouli, jojoba, rest I forgot.


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