Seasonal Self-Care With Essential Oils

Seasonal Self-Care With Essential Oils


Essential oils can be a wonderful way to practice self-care and support your wellbeing, especially during the changing seasons. As the seasons shift, it’s common for our bodies and minds to feel out of balance. Using essential oils is one approach to help re-center and take care of ourselves.

In this article, I’ll share how I use essential oils to support my self-care routine during the different seasons. I’ll provide tips on essential oil blends and methods of use that I find helpful as the weather cools down in fall and winter, warms up in spring, and heats up in summer. My goal is to inspire you to connect with the seasonal energies around you through essential oils.

Fall Self-Care

As the leaves start changing color and the weather cools down, fall brings a natural shift in energy. For me, supporting self-care during fall means embracing coziness while also finding balance.

Uplifting Fall Diffuser Blends

My favorite essential oils to diffuse during autumn are warming, woodsy oils that create a cozy atmosphere. A few of my go-to fall diffuser blends are:

  • Cinnamon and orange – Brings warmth and uplifts the mood
  • Clove and wild orange – Invigorating and rich
  • Fir needle and nutmeg – Woodsy and comforting

I’ll diffuse these oil combinations while I enjoy comfort foods like soups and baked goods. The diffusion uplifts my spirit so I don’t overload on heavy foods during fall.

Keeping Up Energy with Essential Oils

As the daylight hours grow shorter in autumn, my energy levels can start dipping. I’ll apply energizing essential oils like peppermint, rosemary, and lemon to my wrists and neck in the late afternoons for an uplifting boost. When I’m feeling sluggish, I’ll add a drop or two of each oil to my palms, cup my hands over my nose and mouth, and inhale deeply to revive myself.

Winter Self-Care Through Essential Oils

The cold, icy weather in winter can easily sap our energy and mood. My winter self-care routine with essential oils is focused on warming and comforting the body while lifting the emotions.

Soothing Muscle Relief

During the coldest winter months, I frequently use essential oils to soothe sore or tense muscles. My favorite remedy is to add warming and analgesic oils like ginger, black pepper, rosemary, and eucalyptus to a carrier oil. I’ll then massage this blend anywhere I have muscle tightness to promote relaxation.

I’ll also add wintergreen essential oil to my muscle relief rubs since wintergreen has a cooling effect that feels extremely soothing. The dichotomy of the warming and cooling oils helps muscles unwind even more deeply.

Calming Baths

Long winter nights are the perfect time for self-care through calming baths. My favorite essential oil bath combinations for relaxation in winter are:

  • Lavender and frankincense – Unwinds the body and mind
  • Bergamot, ylang ylang, and clary sage – Destresses and comforts

I’ll add 5-7 drops of these oil blends to my bathwater and soak with candlelight for ultimate winter rejuvenation. The sweet, floral aromas transport my mind away from winter’s harshness.

Spring Renewal

When warmer weather and flowers start blooming in springtime, it’s the perfect opportunity for self-care through renewal. I use cleansing and inspirational essential oils to support changing energy with the new season.

Clearing Diffuser Blends

My spring diffuser blends focus on purification and opening energy:

  • Lemon, pine, and tea tree – Cleanses air and uplifts
  • Grapefruit, lime, and elemi – Bright and clarity-enhancing

Diffusing these vibrant citrus oils makes my whole home smell fresh for spring. Their crisp scents motivate me to open windows, purge clutter, and deep clean.

Body and Mind Renewal

Spring is also an auspicious time for body, mind, and spiritual renewal. I apply gentle detox and enlivening oils like juniper berry, lemongrass, and frankincense over my thyroid, liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. These areas often accumulate toxins over winter. Applying renewing oils helps clear stagnation.

I’ll also spend extra time meditating in springtime, often while diffusing sandalwood, cedarwood, or lavender to calm the mind. These contemplative oils set the stage for inner renewal.

Keeping Cool With Summer Essential Oils

The heat, humidity, and increased activity during summer can be taxing. My summer essential oil self-care routine focuses on cooling, protection, and anti-fatigue oils.

After-Sun Care

A day at the beach or pool wouldn’t be complete without aloe vera gel infused with lavender and peppermint essential oils. I’ll smooth this mixture over any exposed skin to instantly cool irritation and redness from the sun. The lavender also aids skin repair.

Cooling Sleep Blends

Summer heat can make falling asleep difficult. I’ll spray a pillow mist made with relaxing ylang ylang and marjoram oils blended in a coconut oil spray base onto my pillowcases. I’ll also apply a drop of cooling peppermint oil behind each knee and onto my lower back before bed to prevent overheating.

Beating Summer Fatigue

From travel to outdoor adventures, summer activities can rapidly drain our bodies. I keep fatigue at bay by making an energizing rollerball filled with lemongrass, grapefruit, basil, and rosemary oils to roll onto my wrists and neck throughout the day. These crisp, herbal scents banish that heavy summer tiredness I often get.


Adjusting my essential oil usage as the seasons change has been invaluable for supporting my health and self-care. I look forward to continuing this seasonal wellness practice for years to come. Experimenting with different essential oil blends for each season keeps things feeling fresh and inspired. I hope you feel motivated to start crafting seasonal essential oil rituals of your own!

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