Essential oils are great ingredients for a variety of reasons – they’re natural, easy to find and useful in everything from cleaning solutions to skin care products. In this post, however, we’ve picked the ones that you should definitely keep in your house when temperatures drop below freezing. Read below to see our list of the best essential oils for the extreme cold.
Essential Oils and their Benefits
Tea Tree Oil: This oil has marvelous healing qualities, perfect for when that cold is biting into your skin and leaving it dry and irritated. Dabs of this oil can be used to heal scabs, rashes or even athlete's foot. For these reasons, tea tree oil is found in many skin care products because it is so good at keeping the skin healthy.
Lavender Oil: Lavender oil is one of the most versatile and well-known essential oils. We’ve included it on our list here because not only can be used to reduce stress, but it can also be used to heal bruises, cuts and skin irritations.
Calendula Oil: In extreme temperatures, our skin can become especially dry – and if you’re prone to acne, these temperatures might be bringing out some of the worst spots of the season. Thankfully, this flower’s oil can be used to help heal those pesky, seemingly permanent acne scars. In fact, a few drops can even be put into the bathwater to help heal psoriasis.
Chamomile Oil: Another popular essential oil, chamomile is often used as both a tea and as a relaxant – perfect for those nights of cozying up by the fire as the temperature outside drops. If you’re in need of extra relaxaction, you can also sprinkle a few drops onto your pillow at night to help you drop off to sleep.
Peppermint Oil: Colder temperatures often mean increased drowsiness. However, a few drops of peppermint oil is just what many of us need for increased awareness. Peppermint can be most useful as either a scent (used via a diffuser) or even as a tea.
Eucalyptus Oil: If you’re tired of increased colds and allergies from being kept indoors all winter, this is the oil for you. Eucalyptus oil helps clear the sinuses, and can also easy sore muscles and help heal minor skin irritations.
There are many different types of essential oils, each with their own varied uses and benefits. When buying oils, it is important to make sure you are buying high quality, pure, medicinal and steam distilled oils. Also, make sure you research each one so that you understand how it can be used – although some oils can be directly applied to the skin, many need be used with a scent diffuser, mixed with water, or applied only in small amounts.