Most of the northern U.S. has experienced, is experiencing, or will be experiencing extremely cold temperatures. In addition to keeping an eye on pets, pipes, and elderly neighbors, there is one more step you can take to battle the cold!
- Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) – This oil is awesome for the winter! Put a drop on a tissue and take it outside when you’re shoveling snow or use it in a massage cream to soothe sore muscles or extremely cold hands/feet.
- Other uses: arthritis, rheumatism, poor circulation, to improve alertness
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) – Nothing warms like cinnamon. Put a drop or two in a diffuser with some Sweet Orange to spread a warm feeling throughout your entire house
- Other low blood pressure, rheumatism, and a warming feeling
- Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) – Frankincense is wonderful if you have respiratory issues. Use it if you feel winded after going outside or if you are fighting a cold. It is also excellent for soothing headaches, neck tension, and sore muscles.
- Use it for bronchitis, extreme coughing, asthma
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – I love Ginger! It’s wonderful for morning sickness, but it is also an excellent oil for arthritis. Ginger will stimulate circulation to any area it is applied – so use it in a cream on extremely cold appendages to prevent frostbite.
- Use it for muscle aches and pains, arthritis, circulation, morning sickness
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) – Most remember Frankincense and Myrrh from the Christmas story. Those wise men definitely knew what they were talking about! Myrrh is great for aging or inflamed skin and muscles as well as coughs, congestion, and even the flu!
- Use it for chapped skin, bronchitis, bedsores, woulds, wrinkles, and even those terrible toothaches that worsen with the cold