‘Tis the Season for Evergreen Essential Oils!
Evergreen essential oils are derived from the evergreen trees and shrubs, which have green leaves all year round, without shedding much foliage. This can include but is not limiting to: cypress, pine trees, cedar trees, eucalyptus and more.
Autumn and winter are the seasons where these plants shine in their spotlight, as most of the plants have withered away, the resilient evergreen shrubs and trees can be harnessed for their medicinal and therapeutic properties.
Evergreen Essential Oils: Uses & Benefits
Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil
Cedarwood atlas essential oil is a grounding and earthy aroma derived from the coniferous and evergreen cedar tree. Its earthy aroma makes this oil useful for symptoms of anxiety, stress and lack of sleep, alongside its antispasmodic actions which may help to soothe muscle tension and cramps.
Cedarwood blends synergistically with one or more of the following aromas: sweet orange, lemon, bergamot, lavender, jasmine, rose, thyme, cinnamon bark, vetiver, sandalwood and cypress.
Pine Tree Essential Oil
Pine tree essential oil is derived from the needles of the evergreen pine tree. It is aromatic, with a woody to slight citrus aroma, and spans through many healing benefits. Pine tree essential oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-microbial, anti-viral, wound-healing and can be used as an insecticide. You can learn more about the healing benefits of pine tree essential oil here.
For a synergistic blend, combine pine tree essential oil with one or more of the following aromas: lavender, patchouli, rosemary, sweet orange, peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, lemon, clary sage, myrrh, marjoram, bergamot, cedarwood atlas, frankincense and sandalwood essential oils.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is an evergreen shrub which is most popularly harnessed for its de-congesting properties. It’s anti-inflammatory properties have put eucalyptus at the spotlight for folk practices in treating respiratory infections, gastritis and diabetes (Jun, Yang Suk et al., 2013).
To harness eucalyptus’ decongesting properties, simply dilute 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in your diffuser, bath salts and/or facial steams.
Eucalyptus essential oil exhibits a gentle minty aroma. For a synergistic blend, combine eucalyptus with one or more of the following essential oils: cedarwood atlas, rosemary, thyme, lemon, sweet orange, pine tree, marjoram or lavender essential oils.
Cypress Essential Oil
These actions make cypress particularly useful for the treatment of wounds, infections, skin diseases, ulcers, pimples, coughs, colds and other respiratory conditions (Selim, Samy A et al., 2014).
Dilute cypress essential oil in combination with pine tree and lavender for a wound healing treatment, or with eucalyptus, rosemary and lemon for decongesting the respiratory tract.
Evergreen & Outrageous Recipes
#1 Evergreen Home-Space Diffuser Blend
This diffuser blend harnesses the evergreen aromas of eucalyptus and pine tree, in combination with herbaceous marjoram and citrus lemon, to create a grounding and refreshing feeling for the home, while purifying the air-space and decongesting the respiratory tract.
- 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 drop pine tree essential oil
- 1 drop marjoram essential oil
- 1 drop lemon essential oil
#2 Gentle & Evergreen Diffuser Blend
Cedarwood, lavender and peppermint essential oils have been commonly used to promote relaxation and sleep. This gentle, evergreen diffuser blend is calming and soothing for your evening and night-time aromatherapy practice.
- 2 drops cedarwood atlas essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
#2 Evergreen & Outrageous Bath Salts
This evergreen bath salt recipe is a perfect holiday treat for yourself or your loved ones. Cypress, cedarwood and pine create a grounding aroma, while eucalyptus and sweet orange essential oil refresh and vitalise the senses.
Blend the following ingredients in a bath for your self-care ritual, or package it in a mason jar to gift to your friends and loved ones for the holiday season.
- 1 cup epsom salt, sea salt or pink-himalayan salt
- 1 tbsp jojoba, sweet almond or grapeseed oil
- 2 drops pine tree essential oil
- 1 drop cypress essential oil
- 1 drop cedarwood essential oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 2 drops sweet orange essential oil
- sprinkle of dried orange zest, pine needles or eucalyptus petals