Winter is the one season of the year that often seems the longest. As the cold days tend to drag on, it’s not uncommon for many of us find that it’s a little more difficult to take care of our mental and physical health.

Aromatherapy is just one great way to beat the winter blues and give our well-being a boost. The right essential oils provide a natural solution to many common winter ailments and emotional states that may be far more effective than quick fixes like caffeine, sugar, over-the-counter medications, and more.

Here are just five essential oils to consider stocking up on this winter.

Lemon to Help Wake You Up

Feel tired and sluggish in the morning? Try catching a whiff of some lemon oil first thing when you wake up. Known for its mood-boosting and stress relieving effects, lemon oil’s citrusy aroma will leave you feeling energized and refreshed almost instantly.

Eucalyptus to Soothe Cold and Flu Symptoms

Eucalyptus oil can actually be found in some brands of cough candies and skin ointments for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It’s been known to help soothe headaches, coughs, sinus infections and congestion. Since winter is cold and flu season, you’ll want to have this essential oil on hand. You can mix several drops with some carrier oil, like coconut oil, as a DIY decongestant chest rub.

Peppermint to Boost Your Mood

Peppermint oil has a lot of similar illness-fighting properties comparable to eucalyptus oil, but something else peppermint oil is typically known for is its ability to help ease feelings of depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Some claim that it even helps reduce appetite, meaning you could be less likely to turn to food when your emotions call for it.

Frankincense to Boost the Immune System

Like eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil, frankincense oil can be useful for relieving symptoms related to the common cold and flu — but it may actually help prevent you from getting sick in the first place if you use it throughout the winter months. This natural immune booster and purifier also helps to relieve stress and anxiety.

Lavender to Help You Relax

Lavender is the most popular essential oil, and for good reason. It’s one of the most versatile oils for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antidepressant properties. The gentle aroma of lavender oil can have an instant calming effect on the mind and body, making it the perfect oil for relieving stress, quieting the mind, and helping with sleep.

Using Essential Oils

The easiest and often most common way to enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils is to use a diffuser. Remember that you should always review the safety guidelines for essential oil use provided by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy if you’ve never used them before or are unsure about how to use them. (For example, eucalyptus oil shouldn’t be used by women who are pregnant.)

The aromatherapy remedies described above are perfect for winter, but you can use them any time of year. If you’re feeling a little creative, you may also want to check out some of these cold weather essential oil blends you can make yourself.

Image (edited) via Abi Porter