Evergreen essential oils can be enjoyed anytime, but there’s something extra special about using them during the fall and winter months. Whether you choose to diffuse them, apply them topically, or use them in your favorite recipes, there are several must-have evergreen essential oils you should consider adding to your fall stash now.
What are evergreen essential oils?
Simply put, evergreen essential oils are the ones derived from trees whose leaves stay green all year long and keep their foliage. There’s also another tree type in the evergreen-like family known as conifers. These are typically thought of as the same classification as their evergreen lookalikes, but they are indeed different.
Conifers are considered cone bearers in that they reproduce by forming a cone (instead of a flower) that contains seeds. While all conifer trees have cones, not every evergreen tree has cones, which means that not all evergreens are conifers.
Tree nerd tips aside, there are essential oils that come from both of these tree types that smell amazing and are quite good for your health.
Top 5 Must-Have Evergreen Essential Oils
The fact that essential oils have been around since the beginning of time tells you that there is something to these bottled up molecules. In this list, you’ll quickly see the benefits and why you should add them to your essential oil stash.
Although there are several types of fir essential oils (silver fir, Douglas fir and white fir), Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) is the most popular. This oil is from the conifer family and has a softly balsamic, clean, sweet smell, with the aroma of freshly crushed needles.
During the American Civil War, Balsam Fir was one of the herbs used in the field to treat combat injuries. Native Americans also used the herb for ritual purposes, as an external treatment for burns, sores, and cuts, as well as relief for heart and chest pains. (Source)
Balsam fir is commonly used for its fragrance but it also carries other possible uses to consider:
- Balances emotions
- Relieves respiratory issues
- Aids in muscle relief
- May help relieve hiccups
Blends well with rosemary, eucalyptus, and citrus oils.
Breathe Easier Personal Inhaler
- 5 drops Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
- 5 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
- 5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
Add oils to the cotton wick of your personal inhaler. Use several times daily as needed (3–5 times a day in general, but more is fine) for relief of cough and congestion.
With its warm, soft, and woody scent, Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil is packed with antifungal properties and also works wonders as an insect repellent. The French are known to use it medicinally for anger, hair loss, and nervous tension. Cedarwood was a staple for ancient Egyptians. They used it for almost everything from cosmetics and perfumery to their mummification process.
Common uses for Cedarwood today include:
- Aids in focus and concentration
- Supports respiratory health
- Helps with itchy skin
- Nourishes hair
Blends well with: cypress, eucalyptus, juniper berry, and herbal and floral oils.
Stress Reducing Massage Oil
- 5 drops Cedarwood
- 2 drops Bergamot
- 3 drops Sweet Orange
- 3 drops Lavender
- 1 oz unscented cream or carrier oil
Mix oils into the unscented cream or carrier oil. Use as a massage oil to reduce stress.
Another one from the conifer family, Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is infamous for its antibacterial, anti-infectious, and relaxing properties. Believed to bring comfort to those grieving, Cypress trees were commonly planted by headstones in old cemeteries. Cypress was traditionally used by early cultures as incense and as a diuretic, but now it’s most commonly used for its aromatic properties that help with emotional stability.
Common uses include:
- Purifies and cleanses
- Assists grief, trauma or transition
- Eliminates oily skin
Cypress essential oil is ideal for inhalation and topical blends. Inhale cypress essential oil from a tissue to help maintain clear breathing as cold and flu season sets in. Or make a chest rub to help with breathing support. Blend cypress with grapefruit and apply tender, swollen areas.
Blends well with: Lavender, Tea Tree, Geranium, Cedarwood, Pine, Orange, Sandalwood, Juniper Berry
Joint Relief Rub
Combine essential oils with Trauma oil. Massage formula into swollen joints.
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) is your go to calming nervous tension, soothing sore muscles and joints, increasing focus, and supporting respiration. Juniper Berry has a fresh, slightly balsamic, sweet, and woody aroma presenting a top-middle fragrance note.
- Calms nervous tension
- Purifies the air
- Relieves sore muscles and joints
- Increases Focus
- Supports respiration
Add the oil to your diffuser, breathe in the scent directly from the bottle, or add to a massage oil blend to help relax muscles.
Blends well with eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, lemon, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
Pain Relieving Bath Salts
- 2 drop Juniper Berry
- 1 drops Lavender
- 1 drop Rosemary
- 1 drop Cypress
- 1 Tbsp castille soap
- 1 oz cup sea salt
Add oils to castile soap and sea salt, mix well. Add to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes.
If you like scents that are fresh, woody, and earthly, then you’ll love the smell of Scotch Pine (pinus sylvestris) essential oil. Scotch Pine essential oil is ideal for inhalation, topical blends, and cleaning. Use it for the breath, head, chest, throat, immune support, muscles, joints, reducing germs, and for helping the heart release angry, frustrated emotions to feel more peaceful.
Clean grimy surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom by adding a few drops to any DIY cleaner. The fresh, clean scent works well as a mosquito repellent, and it’s great in winter diffuser blends.
Common Uses Include:
- Supports healthy respiratory tract
- Warms and soothes
- Helps support circulation
- Brings the scent of Christmas into your home
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Red Mandarin, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Cold Weather Diffuser Recipe
Add drops to a diffuser and enjoy!
Additional Uses for Evergreen Essential Oils
Essential oils are very diverse in what they can do for body systems and can perform many different functions. In other words, they are much like you and me. Think about the many roles we have as women, wives, mothers, homeschooling moms, and so on. The same can be said about essential oils. That’s why an oil like Scotch Pine essential oil is so awesome. It can help provide many different alleviations.
So what are the additional uses for evergreen essential oils?
For starters, you can diffuse any of them to quickly add fragrance to the air. Consider using a cold air diffuser which uses room-temperature air to blow the oil up in the air, covering hundreds of square feet in seconds. Since essential oils have oxygenating molecules, it will remain in the air for hours to freshen and improve the overall air quality (win-win!).
If you’d like to inhale the oil, put 1 to 3 drops of the essential oil of your choice onto a tissue, hold it close to your face and slowly inhale. This same concept can be applied using hot water, but the heat will reduce some of its benefits.
Baths are another great way to apply the benefits of evergreen essential oils. Create a quick bath soak recipe using 2 to 3 drops of an essential oil combined with sea salt and Castille soap.
Evergreen essential oils can also be added to water in a spray bottle and used for cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms and kitchens. They work great as a dusting agent and can be applied directly to a dust cloth (just a few drops is all it takes).
Last but not least, if you really love the aromas of evergreen essential oils, consider making your own body spray. This can be as simple as combining and adding your favorite scents to a small glass bottle of water and spritzing directly on your clothes or skin.
Evergreen essential oils are at once incredible in their scents, healing, and versatile. If you haven’t added a few of these oils to your collection, don’t miss out any longer. You will love what they add to your favorite recipes.
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