Essential Oils for Colder Weather
Winter is right around the corner, which can also mean dry skin, chapped lips and a flaky scalp. But these typical winter conditions are not mandatory. As the weather gets colder, one of the things you can do to help your skin and scalp stay hydrated is to use essential oils. These natural tonics can help you feel better during the cold weather months.
Essential oils can help support the body via inhalation or absorption through the skin. When included as part of your daily beauty and/or health routine, essential oils can help you feel less miserable and congested as you fight off a cold or the flu and even help support healthier skin.
Cold & Flu
- Eucalyptus – traditionally used to stimulate the immune system, Eucalyptus oil is reputed to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
- Ginger – provides a quick stimulating boost of energy to fight tiredness and is also traditionally used to stimulate the immune system. Ginger is a personal favorite for clearing congestion and soothing a sore throat.
- Pine – long used as a decongestant for head colds and to ease breathing during respiratory infections.
- Peppermint – is an ancient natural folk remedy for headaches and migraines, and has traditionally been used to clear the sinuses. Slowly massage peppermint oil directly into the temples. Another added bonus of peppermint is that it can help moisturize the skin.
Skin & Scalp
- Sandalwood – soothes dry, itchy skin
- Geranium – balances the production of sebum, keeping the skin smooth and supple. Geranium has traditionally been used as a treatment for skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. It is also reported to have a general anti-aging effect on the skin.
- Chamomile – a useful treatment for calming eczema, dermatitis and skin rashes. Chamomile can also help reduce puffiness.
- Lavender – effective for diminishing discomfort caused by eczema and dry, scaly skin. Lavender can also help reduce puffiness.
Whether you need them for beauty or health, essential oils can provide a number of benefits – especially as we head toward this winter season.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.