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Plant Therapy’s 10 Best Essential Oils for Winter

Winter is just a few days away! Let’s take a look at 10 of the best essential oils to use this season.

Warming Up After a Cold Day

When it’s cold outside, it feels amazing to warm up inside! Enjoying a cozy home with warm drinks, warm baths, and warm central heating can feel like magic on a chilly day. Try these essential oils to help “warm” up your atmosphere this winter.

With its warm, distinctive holiday aroma, Cinnamon Bark is the perfect addition to blends that need a pop of spiciness. But keep in mind that this is a very strong oil and can become overpowering if it’s diffused alone. For using topically, please use extreme caution. Stay at a 0.1% to avoid various reactions. This would be no more than 1 drop of Cinnamon Bark to 2 1/2 tablespoons of carrier oil.  A tiny bit goes a very long way!

Learn more about Cinnamon Bark: Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

This warm and fresh favorite is another great way to add some spice to your favorite diffuser blend after a cold day. It’s also an excellent choice to help when achy joints are slowing you down; dilute to 3-5% and massage into the areas of concern.

This traditional warming oil brings a spicy aroma that is both stimulating and uplifting. It’s also great to support the occasional case of a low mood and it helps to promote feelings of creativity and sensuality [1]. Plus, Cardamom is known to help support the immune system, which we can all use during the winter months. Remember to dilute to 2-5% if you want to use it topically.

Learn more about Cardamom:  Spotlight Oil of the Week: Cardamom

Warming and faintly sweet and herbaceous, Marjoram Sweet supports relaxation and comfort. It can soothe tired muscles and calm the nervous system [2], making it a great choice after the end of a long, cold day. To include it in a warm bath, mix 9 drops with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil or body wash, then add it to the running bath water. Or try this diffuser blend to help warm up your home:

Check out THIS blog to learn a recipe using Marjoram Sweet to help reduce discomfort and inflammation.

In Need of Some Cheer

plant therapy holiday christmas morningWinter weather can take a toll on our emotional well being. Whether you experience ongoing symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder during this time of the year or you just feel grumpy on a cold and cloudy gray day, essential oils can be a great way to help shake off the blues.

Bergamot Essential Oil is one of the most popular oils to use in aromatherapy for dealing with stress. Studies conducted between 2009 and 2013 show Bergamot as a useful tool for promoting everything from feelings of happiness and ease to a healthy nervous system. [3] You can diffuse it alone, add to a blend, or apply topically at a dilution of 1% for the face and 2-5% for other areas of the body. This would also be a very cheerful choice to use in an aromatherapy necklace so that you can enjoy the scent wherever you are.

Try this Bergamot Body Powder to enjoy the uplifting effect of Bergamot.

When your mood is as dreary as the weather outside, let Lavender help out. Since it is known to help reduce feelings of anxiety and fear by calming an overworked nervous system [4], this is a popular choice to reach for when we need to take control of our negative thoughts and get back on track to having a good day. Inhale or dilute to 2-5% and apply topically. Massage onto your feet, temples, wrists, or hands to help settle a nervous or overactive mind that is causing you distress.

Learn more about Lavender: 10 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

With its uplifting and mood-boosting properties, Orange Sweet can simultaneously help make you feel cheerful and calm! Keep it on hand to use in your diffuser or add it to your all-natural cleaning products to keep the house smelling fresh and bright.

Learn more about Orange Sweet: Orange Sweet Essential Oil Spotlight

Soothing Dry, Winter Skin

Dry skin can be an unpleasant reality for many of us during the winter thanks to the decrease of humidity outside and the increase of dry central heating inside. Let essential oils help nourish your skin throughout the season and support a more glowing and healthy complexion.

Prized for its skin rejuvenating properties, Frankincense Frereana can help smooth the appearance of wrinkles, scars, dry, and damaged skin. Add a few drops to your favorite carrier oil to use as a rejuvenating skin cream. We recommend a dilution of 1%-2% for a facial application or 3%-5% for body application.

Try this Oatmeal Face Mask using Frankincense Frereana!

Use Blue Yarrow on rough, reddened skin to help soothe and rejuvenate it! It’s also great to help reduce the appearance of redness and minor skin injuries. Simply add one drop to two teaspoons of a carrier oil and apply to your skin. If you are concerned about the deep blue hue of this essential oil, increase the amount of carrier oil or make sure to apply it to skin you cover with clothes.

Learn more about Blue YarrowFebruary Oil of the Month – Blue Yarrow

Being very rich in carotenoids, Carrot Seed is another nourishing and healing option for the skin. It is known to breathe life into dull skin, balance skin sebum, and even soothe away unpleasant sunburn sensations. Dilute to 3% in your favorite carrier oil and enjoy topically!


[1] J. Loughran, J., & R. Bull. (2000). Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils.

[2] Mojay, G. (1997). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Rochester: Vermont. Healing Art PressPg. 95

[3] Navarra, M., Mannucci, C., Delbò, M., & Calapai, G. (2015). Citrus bergamia essential oil: from basic research to clinical application. Frontiers in pharmacology, 6, 36. doi:10.3389/fphar.2015.00036

[4] Koulivand, P. H., Khaleghi Ghadiri, M., & Gorji, A. (2013). Lavender and the Nervous System. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2013, 681304.


85 thoughts on “Plant Therapy’s 10 Best Essential Oils for Winter”

  • Love this post full of warming, comforting ideas. This convinced me to finally go ahead and purchase Black Pepper. I’m excited to start using it!

  • I never thought I’d use black pepper but I may just have to give it a try! Thank you for this awesome blog!

  • Great article! I love the scent of cinnamon bark. Especially at Christmas time. Bulack pepper is my favorite oil for using to help with my circulation.

  • Thank you! I ended up ordering Black pepper in my big order I placed a few days ago on a whim and ended up mixing it with Orange Blood in my diffuser and it smells DIVINE! Thank you, PT!

  • Love this blog! I hadn’t thought to use all of the warming oils. They’ll be perfect on these cold winter days!

  • I just love all your blog posts. So informative for someone who is still learning. I got 4 seperate oils and both holiday sets for Christmas. Question:,with the holiday blends, are there particular ones you would or wouldn’t mix together? Also, how do we know our points are added for replying to a post. I’ve replied to two or three posts but don’t know that my points have been added. Thank you so much. Y’all have been so helpful to me. If I wanted to ask a personal question about the oils and a medical condition, who do I email or talk to?

    1. Kathy, I’ll do my best to answer your questions! First, in terms of mixing the holiday blends together, that really is completely your preference. Some people choose not to mix them because each blend already contains a good number of essential oils put together to smell a specific way. However, you may find that you enjoy mixing our Christmas Tree blend with, let’s say, Candy Cane or Frosted Mint, because it adds an extra foresty kind of touch. But again, some experimenting may be in order for you to find the scent you love the most 🙂 Second, we try to go through and approve blog posts quickly, but if you’ve found that points have not been added to your account, please reach out to our awesome Customer Service team at [email protected]. They can determine if your post was approved and add the points to your account if it was. Finally, for any personal questions about oils and medical conditions, talk to one of our aromatherapists one-on-one at [email protected]. We try to get to all of our customer queries as soon as possible, so please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us! Thank you so much for your support, Kathy 🙂

  • Great info to have! My problem – the more I see the more I want. 🙂 Seriously though, some of these may be added to the next list…

  • This is a wonderful post. So informative!! Thank you for not only highlighting some great news oils to try for this season, but also adding the safety info.

  • Thanks for the reminders of using black pepper and cardamom, I forgot I had those. I love to diffuse spicy orange and have to use Germ Fighter often, too.

  • So thankful for all the helpful information. I’ve been struggling with the winter blues so I really needed this information. Thank you PT!

  • Thank you for this wonderful post! So much great information. I’ve had cardamom and marjoram in and out of my cart my last 2 orders trying to decide if I’ll use them or not. Now I’m definitely getting them with my next order!

  • I’m diffusing “Blues Buster” right now as I write this! Also have my “Happy Light” on. Thank you, Plant Therapy, for helping me get through these cold, short days. You are helping me with ‘SAD’! Also, thank you for taking all the guess work out of dilutions. You make it so easy to convert blends to roller bottles!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Susan. We are so glad we are able to offer you a little bit of support through these dreary winter days 🙂

  • Wow, I learned something new! And I love that you put the dilution rates along with the general information about each oil. Very helpful!!

  • Love the lavender eo, this actually takes away a lot of pain over my shoulders and neck from overuse.
    Have yet to try the frankincense though, still waiting for my order to arrive.. never knew it could be used for skin care. Good to know, can’t wait to try out

  • I love black pepper with a bit of copaiba for my achy joints, got the orange sweet during the Christmas sale…now I want the carrot seed! Thanks for posting the helpful facts and tips about the wonderful oils! Question…with the carrot seed, could I also add another oil that would help with anti-aging?

    1. Kathi, Frankincense Frereana, Sandalwood, and Rose essential oils would be great choices for mature skin concerns 🙂

  • Great choices for the winter season. Essential oils can indeed be a great savior from the seasonally induced gloom and depression, due to gray skies and heavy snowfall all around. Apart from Bergamot, Lavender and Orange Sweet, Jasmine and Vetiver could also be good options. Clary Sage can also be considered.

  • Having the right oils in my diffuser this time of year can really make a difference in our moods and attitudes. Even when it’s cold and gray and gloomy outdoors, it can be warm and cheerful indoors.

  • Ahhh… my want list grows ever longer! Thank you plant therapy for quality products and so many helpful hints and ideas.

  • I keep deliberating whether to get carrot seed oil. I read some reviews about the smell. Is it really that bad? Can anyone describe the scent? Any oil it smells similar to?

    1. Karen, Carrot Seed has a very complex and unique scent. It’s a little spicy, a little earthy, musky, and herbaceous. It really has a lot going on and is hard to compare to another oil. Maybe if you cross Spruce with Basil with Patchouli? Honestly, you’ll really have to give it a try and let us know what you think it compares to! However, it is so fabulous for skin care and can always be blended with other oils if you really dislike how it smells. But you may also find that you enjoy it!

      1. That’s really assuring. I love Spruce and Basil. I am adding carrot seed oil to my wish list and will be getting it in Feb. Need to tidy up my fridge to make room for more oils! It has been a fun year using PT oils.

        I love PT blog and the live videos. I made so many gifts for my family and friends this yr with PT oils and they love it =)

  • Thanks for all the tips. I love the citrus oils with cinnamon for winter! I also have been reaching for lemongrass oil lately for diffusing in my necklace, diffuser and car. It really brightens up the winter months.

  • I ALMOST got Cinnamon bark and had to cross one item off and didn’t get it… definitely back on my list of one to get next! This inspires me to get all cozy 🙂

  • Thank you for this! I’m new to essential oils so love learning all the new things. I feel like winter is when they’re really coming in handy!

  • I love the winter season because this is the time to bring out the heavy artillery meaning spice oil. Cinnamon bark is my favorite oil. I plan to spruce things up this year by added pine, spruce, and fir oils with cinnamon to make all natural perfumes.

  • great info bergamot and lavender are my go to for uplifting your oils are amazing and i love all the information you give us for free you guys are so caring and thoughtful without trying to charge us for everything you know never change your customer service is the best in the world…. thanks so much

  • I love when the blog answers questions before I even have to ask them! So many favorites on this list and a couple that I have been wondering about! Adding Carrot Seed and Blue Yarrow to my wish list! Thanks!!

  • I can’t wait to try Spiced Cider! I enjoyed the recommendations for winter oils to try. Would love to read about specific recipes of oil combinations to try at home for different winter needs – warming, destressing, healing, etc. Thanks for this post!

  • I am in love with bergamot and putting it in a necklace is such a great idea. I find myself standing near my diffuser so now I can go where there are no plugs. Haha

  • I finally caved and got Bergamot and I love it! In trying to get on board with the lavendar I bought but I’m struggling to come to terms with the smell.

    1. Lavender is a bit divisive. Some people really love the aroma, and some are not quite so fond of it. You may enjoy it more if you blend it with other essential oils or use just a tiny amount. That way, the aroma won’t be overpowering and you might find you like it more 🙂

  • This was a very informative blog post. I really want to try out cardamom this winter, especially on those days when the weather’s nasty outside and I don’t feel like doing anything or going anywhere.

  • Perfect timing….with the cooler temperatures arriving in my part of the world, this was a good blog with lots of great information. I have already added a few suggestions to my wish list 🙂

  • These are such great suggestions! I don’t think I could survive winter without many of these oils. They make such difference in my life.

  • Great post. Cardamom and sweet marjoram are on my wish list. I love to diffuse lavendar and bergamot when I’m feeling a little blue or anxious as I tend to this time of year. Thanks for the informative post!

  • Great post! I bought the olive lotion recently. It’s fantastic for dry skin and I love that I can customize the oils, as needed. It’s great with fankincense! I also gave my daughter a bottle blended with silky soft kidsafe synergy for my granddaughters. Their skin gets dry and itchy in the winter, then they scratch. They love it so I’ll be buying more.

  • Thank you so much for these wonderful tips! I’m a housekeeper for a living so I’m always looking for ways to keep my hands moisturized especially in the winter. I will definitely be trying some of these recipes.

  • Woah, I had no idea Cinnamon Bark was so potent! Thanks for that info- I have some on the way to me now, so I’ve been warned. 😉 Thanks! I already have marjoram eo, so I was excited to click on the link below it’s description to see the blend you recommend, but there was no Marjoram in the blend like the link said. “Try this DIY Comforting Spice Diffuser Blend using Marjoram.” I think that was meant to go under Cardamom…may want to check on that. No big deal, just thought you’d want to know. I have Cardamom on my wish list, so, hopefully I’ll be able to try that blend in the near future. Thanks again for all the helpful info!

    1. Great catch, Rebecca! That link was meant to highlight another recipe on that same blog, but not the Comforting Spice Diffuser Blend. The writing has been changed to reflect that — thank you!

    1. Black pepper is my favorite for relieving muscle ache after HIIT. i use it together with Cypress and copaiba.. Sometimes I vary the scent a little by adding either bergamot or geranium.. Love my black pepper =)

  • I absolutely love this blog post, I’m always looking for good oils to diffuse during the winter, it always seems to help with the miserable weather.

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