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As we head through fall, I am often looking ahead to winter. I am not a fan of winter – I much prefer warm temperatures and sidewalks that are not covered in ice or buried under the snow. The upside of winter is that I tend to use peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils more often when it is cold out. I think of them as my ‘comfort food’ in the world of essential oils.

They are both great for sore and achy muscles – which I have after trudging through the snow and slush. They are uplifting and stimulating EOs – helping me feel a little more upbeat when I’m feeling dragged down by the long days with little sun and cold temperatures.

And the biggest plus for me is the help they provide me with keeping my chest congestion to a minimum. I use both peppermint and eucalyptus year round to keep my respiratory system as clear as possible. I’m prone to congestion as that seems to be how my body likes most to manifest any allergic reaction I have. In the winter, the cold and flu season makes it worse and that is when I turn to my essential oils!

I use peppermint and eucalyptus in a chest rub and as a direct inhalation, both great ways to get the wonderful effects of the EOs.