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Making Essential Oil Blends For the Cold Months

by Saundra Berry, C.Ht.

{Portions of this blog are excerpted from, “Healing at the Vortex”, A Practical Guide to Balance and Maintain Your Chakras on Amazon at }

The use of essential oils has been part of the fabric of our world for thousands of years. Used medicinally, aromatically, to make salves and poultices, tinctures, and skin and hair care by many ancient civilizations.

The process of making an essential oil is in the form of distillation using nothing but the actual plant, root, and or flower. Some people think that essential oils are oily, however; pure essential oils are the consistency of water. Often times, companies will take the essential oil drops and add it to a carrier oil, such as, jojoba, sesame or olive oil, which will give it an oily consistency. It is important to look at the label and make sure that you get the type of product needed for your purpose.

I look for an organic or food grade, therapeutic grade essential oil that can be found at your local health food store or purchased on line. Some of my favorites are Joan Clark’s Palais Aromaetica at or Mountain Rose Herbs at Note: I would caution against using perfume oils/ fragrance oils, or oils synthetically produced, as their vibration is low or non-existent and will not serve the purpose desired.

It is relatively easy to make your own essential oil blends. You simply get a small, dark colored bottle and mix your favorite essential oil(s) with a carrier oil such as Jojoba or Sesame oil. I fill the small bottle ¾ of the way with the carrier oil and then drop 7-10 drops of my favorite essential oil, swirl in my hands and use. During the winter months I have a few different mixes that I put together to help with colds, muscle and joint stiffness, respiratory wellness and antiseptic needs. I often fill a small spray bottle (4-6oz) with spring water and drop 7-10 drops in the water, swirl and spray around the house as a room spray, on doorknobs, light switches, etc. I also use as antiseptic by spraying the water/essential oil blend directly on hands to kill germs. You can also diffuse your favorite essential oils in a room or car diffuser to fill the air you breathe. Lastly, you can boil a pan of water, remove from heat, drop your favorite oils in the water, drape your head with a towel, and breathe in the steam.

Using the recipe(s) above here are some of the blends and their uses:

Antiseptic Blend(s): Bergamot, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, and Sage are the essential oils that I find to be the most effective. I use Lavender, Orange, and Peppermint in a small spray bottle mixed with spring water to spray on surfaces to kill bacteria, including spraying directly on my hands as a sanitizer. You can choose any of the above oils or all of them to make a blend.

Arthritis Blend(s): Cedarwood, Chamomile, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Vetiver, are wonderful for relieving the pain of stiff muscle and joints. I drop equal parts Chamomile, Lavender, and Peppermint into a small bottle filled ¾ of the way full with Jojoba oil. Rather than shaking the bottle, I roll/swirl it gently in my hands and then rub a few drops in the affected areas. (It will be an oily mixture, due to the Jojoba oil, so make sure not to get it on clothing or material).

Bronchial/Respiratory Blend(s): Clary Sage, Clove, Eucalyptus, Fir, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Myrtle, Orange, Pine, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, and Sandalwood. When I am in the shower and feel as though I am congested, I drop a few drops of Eucalyptus so that when the hot water hits the essential oil it will come up in steam. You can also boil water and then drop Eucalyptus into the water, drape your head with a towel over the pan and breathe in the steam. You could also make a blend of any of the oils and drop in carrier oil and rub it directly onto your chest to help clear congestion in the chest.

Cold Sores: You can put a drop of Bergamot or Melaleuca on your finger tip and put directly on a cold sore.

Colds: Bergamot, Citronella, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lemon, Lime, Melaleuca, Pine, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Pine can either be diffused or mixed in small spray bottle with spring water and sprayed around your home or office to defend against colds.

Coughs: Cypress, Frankincense, Peppermint, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Spearmint all work for coughs. Mix in a small dark bottle with a carrier oil and rub on your chest and throat to help a cough.

Decongestant: Eucalyptus and Rosemary are the most effective diffused, sprayed or mixed with carrier oil and rubbed on chest and sinuses.

Flu: Bergamot, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Melaleuca, Peppermint, and Rosemary are the most effective with the flu. Diffuse or boil water and drape head with towel and breathe in the steam. You can also mix the desired oil in a small dark bottle with carrier oil and rub on chest and sinuses.

Immune Boost: Angelica, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Orange, and Rosemary. Diffuse or drop chosen oils in boiling water, drape head and breathe in the steam.

Sore Throat: Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Pine, and Sage. Mix in small dark bottle with carrier oil and rub directly on the throat.

The information provided here is intended for educational purposes only and is not provided to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, or illness. Use at your own discretion.

Many Blessings,

Saundra Berry, C.Ht.




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