winter essential oil


In winter, favor essential oils rich in terpenes, oxides, phenols and terpenols with purifying, anti-microbial and stimulating actions of natural defenses.

The terpenes have a decongestant action on the airways and balsamic expectorant.

The oxides (in particular 1.8-cineole) are expectorants, mucolytics, bronchopulmonary decongestants, anti-bacterial and immunomodulants.

The phenols and terpenols have powerful anti-infective properties. While acting on germs, they also help eliminate toxins. Phenols are also heating for the body which is particularly appreciable during the cold season.

The three biochemical families are also part of the tonic and general stimulating components that help   fight against winter fatigue.

Examples of essential oils rich in terpenes:

Examples of essential oils rich in oxides:

  • Cardamom essential oil Elettaria cardamomum
  • Eucalyptus globulus essential oil (70-75%)
  • Eucalyptus radiata essential oil (62-72%)
  • Laurel noble oil Laurus nobilis 
  • Lavender aspic Lavandula latifolia essential oil 
  • Myrtle essential oil Myrtus communis 
  • Niaouli essential oil Melaleuca quinquenervia
  • Ravintsara Cinnamomum camphora essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil Rosmarinus officinalis L. cineoliferum

Examples of essential oils rich in phenols and terpenols, major anti-infectives

The winter essential oil kit:

Prepare your essential oils for winter from October to have them handy as soon as the first signs of cold snap or fatigue appear. You will find below a classification of the essential oils generally recommended according to the various winter conditions. If you are unsure of your choice, consult an aromatherapist or doctor familiar with essential oils and taking a holistic approach.

Essential oils from the bronchopulmonary sphere:

Cough, bronchitis:

Essential oils from the ENT sphere:

Angina, pharyngitis, laryngitis:

  • Essential oil Thyme CT Thymol Thymus thymol + + + 
  • Savory essential oil Satureia montana +++ 

Sinusitis, rhinitis:

  • Eucalyptus essential oil Eucalyptus radiata + + +
  • Laurel noble oil Laurus nobilis 
  • Essential oil Thymus thymol Thymus zygis L. thymoliferum 
  • Savory essential oil Satureja montana   
  • Scots pine essential oil Pinus sylvestris 

Winter essential oils and their properties / indications in aromatherapy:

This non-exhaustive list will allow you to select the corresponding essential oil according to the properties sought.

  • Essential oil Tea tree  Melaleuca alternifolia : ENT infections (otitis, acute nasopharyngitis , bronchitis). Asthenia, general and nervous exhaustion.

  • Cajeput Melaleuca cajuputii essential oil : Catarrhal respiratory infection ++ 

  • Cinnamon  Cinnamomum zeylanicum essential oil :Nasopharyngitis, severe acute bronchitis+++ 

  • Cardamom essential oil Elettaria cardamomum: "Cooling", catarrhal bronchitis +++

  • Essential Oil  Lemon  Citrus limonum: Respiratory infection,  air purifying +++

  • Essential oil Cloves Syzygium aromaticum : - Sinusitis, bronchitis, influenza, tuberculosis ++. Physical and intellectual asthenia, great fatigue +++

  •   Copaiba essential oil Copahu balm, Copaifera martii Hayne Tonic and stimulating, neurotonic, euphoric +++. Anti-infectious, bactericidal, viricidal. Analgesic +. Flu ++. Asthenia +++, general fatigue +++. Osteoarthritis ++.

  • Coriander essential oil Coriander sativum: Flu ++. Asthenia +++, general fatigue +++

  • Cypress essential oil  Cupressus sempervirens : dry   cough, irritant cough , spasmodic bronchitic cough  , tuberculous 

  • Spruce Picea mariana essential oil : Bronchitis +++, "pump stroke" fatigue +++ 

  • Helichrysum essential oil Helichrysum italicum : Anticatarrhal, mucolytic +++, ex pectorant, antispasmodic ++ Rhinitis ++, bronchitis, spasmodic cough

  • Essential oil Inule Inula graveolens : Laryngitis, tracheitis, spasmodic cough , chronic bronchitis, nasopharyngotonsillitis ++++ 

  • Eucalyptus radiat essential oil has : sinusitis, otitis, tonsillitis, rhinitis, nasopharyngitis, flu +++, otitis, bronchitis +++, cough +++;

  • Eucalyptus polybractea essential oil Rhinitis, acute and chronic bronchitis 

  •  Eucalyptus globulus essential oil : - Tonsillitis ++, nasopharyngitis +++, laryngitis, influenza ++, otitis sinusitis +, bronchitis +++, asthmatic bronchitis, bronchopneumonia + 

  • Laurel essential oil Laurus nobilis : Influenza +++, ENT infections +;

  • Lantana essential oil Lantana camara :  Chronic bronchitis, asthma ++;

  • Lavender aspic Lavandula latifolia essential oil : Viral rhinitis, tracheitis and bronchitis, quintous cough +++, asthenia

  • Mandravasarotra (Saro) Cinnamosma fragrans essential oil : flu, colds, sinusitis, ear infection, bronchitis, angina 

  • Peppermint essential oil Mentha piperita : Rhinitis, nasopharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusrte +. Rhinitis, sinusitis, otitis, laryngitis 

  • Myrrh essential oil C ommiphora myrrha : bronchitis

  • Myrtle essential oil Myrtus communis : fatty cough, bronchitis

  • Niaouli Melaleuca quinquenervia essential oil : Anti-infectious, antibacterial, febrifuge, anticatarrhal, expectorant +++, anti-inflammatory +,  Chronic catarrhal respiratory infection , sinusitis ++, nasopharyngitis, bronchitis +++

  • Oregano compact essential oil Origanum compactum : superinfection (sinusitis or bronchitis following a cold, flu ...) 

  • Essential oil Pine Pinus sylvestris Asthenia +++ Bronchitis +++, sinusitis +++, asth me ++

  • Ravintsara Cinnamomum camphora essential oil : antiviral, flu, cold, nasopharyngitis, flu ++++, sinus site, bronchitis

  • Rosemary essential oil CT Cineol Rosmarinus officinalis L. cineoliferum : anti-infectious and anti-bacterial, anti catarrhal, expectorant +++, mucolytic, otitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, pulmonary cooling

  • Serpolet Thymus serpyllum essential oil : anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiseptic +++. General stimulating tonic, stoma chique +++, neurotonic +++. Analgesic. Asthenia, general, nervous, mental fatigue. Flu, bronchitis, cough.

  • Essential oil Turpentine Pinus pinaster: Catarrhal respiratory infection ++, asthenia, lipothymia +++, base for the "Bol d 'airJacquier" ++++.

  • Thyme CT thujanol essential oil Thumus vulgaris L. thujanoliferum : Otitis ++, sinusitis +, rhinitis ++, nasopharyngitis ++, influenza +++, bronchi te +++ 

  • Essential oil Thyme CT thymol  Thymus vulgaris L. thymoliferum : major anti-infectious agent with broad spectrum of action +++, general tonic

WARNING:  Before any use of essential oils, it is  imperative to read the precautions for use  which you can consult under " all you need to know about essential oils ".
The information relating to the use of essential oils in aromatherapy and which is mentioned on this website comes from bibliographical works published by health professionals. They are issued for information purposes and can in no way replace advice and prescriptions issued by a doctor. Only a doctor is authorized to deliver the therapeutic treatment which will be most suitable for you. 

Laboratoire Centiflor declines all responsibility in the event of accident, injury or damage suffered by anyone who self-medicates on the basis of the information contained on this site.

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