With fewer hours of sun on the horizon, winter makes many of us feel sluggish and sad. And while there’s no easy cure-all, aromatherapy can help you feel more grounded and more energetic—common complaints during the colder months.

“Essential oils are potent, fast-acting, and a quick way to shift energy. They’re easy to use at home and on the go,” Michelle says.

Read on to learn more about three of her favorite essential oils for winter, and consider picking them up for a friend, loved one, or yourself this season.

Black Spruce

What it does: A strong, hearty pine, black spruce oil is ideal for anchoring yourself and rooting your energy. You can also use it to clear feelings of fear and anxiety, which tend to creep in during the darker months when we’re less social.

How to use it: Place a drop over your chest and rub in. If you have sensitive skin, add the drop to a carrier oil such as coconut, almond, or jojoba oil before applying to the skin.


What it does: The warm, soft tones of neroli oil come from the bitter orange blossom. This heart softener promotes emotional well being, and is a great tool for self-care. Use it to encourage yourself to open up for others and also to give more to yourself.

How to use it: Place a drop over your chest or behind your ears, and rub it in.


What it does: Great for mental fatigue, depression, and general fogginess, lemon oil provides energy and lift through the winter months. It can increase your energy to get up in the morning, and promotes alertness and optimism—“like sunshine in a bottle,” Michelle says. As we slow down in the winter months, lemon oil is also good for detoxification and blood circulation.

How to use it: Because citrus oils have a photosensitivity, it’s best to apply lemon oil behind your ears, where it will get minimum sun exposure. If it causes skin sensitivity, incorporate a carrier oil such as coconut oil when you apply it.

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