Warm essential oils can stimulate your body’s energy. You might even notice your skin looks red after applying a warm essential oil. That’s because the oil is summoning your body’s resources to the area where you’ve applied it. 

Safely diluted, a warm oil can feel ultra-comforting to cool, puffy areas that are tender to the touch. That’s why warm oils are often used in blends to support the body after minor injuries. 

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Warm essential oils can help you feel cozy.

Use them if you feel chilly at your desk, if your feet always seem to be cold, or anytime the temperature takes a dip and it’s time to bring out some extra blankets!

Emotionally, most warm essential oils inspire energy and confidence—as well as a deep sense of security, as though all is well with the world. This security can give you the courage to speak your mind, open your heart, and try new things. Warm oils bring out your sense of adventure!

But several warm essential oils are actually calming. They allow you to release stress and tense knots of energy, so relaxation feels more restorative.

Top 10 warm essential oils

Here’s our list of the Top 10 Warm Essential Oils, and a little about each one to help you decide which to use.

1. Black Pepper Oil (Piper nigrum)

Fresh and peppery, black pepper essential oil helps focus your mind so you feel more productive and confident in your skills. It’s a great choice if you sit at a desk (or near air conditioning!), where lack of movement can make you feel chilly.

2. Cinnamon Bark Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Cinnamon oil is a must-have when it’s time to get cozy, especially in cold season: cinnamon oil helps build strong immunity! It’s also very potent. Stick with a low drop count to protect your skin and mucous membranes.

3. Cardamom Oil (Elettaria cardamomum)

If your digestion is affected by the cold, reach for warm, belly-friendly cardamom! The perfect combination of sweet and spicy, cardamom may soothe your belly after a big meal, or if you’re feeling bloated or queasy.

4. Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Clove bud oil comforts muscles and joints that sometimes feel sore in cold weather. It’s also a powerful ally for immune support! Like cinnamon bark, this spice oil should be used sparingly to protect your skin and mucous membranes.

5. Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum)

A potent soothing oil for muscles and joints, coriander is one of the more relaxing oils on our list. Its gentle touch eases physical and emotional tension. This oil would be right at home in a tranquil bedtime body butter for cold evenings.

6. Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is a classic warm essential oil! Its fiery presence revs up your energy and inspires courage. If you feel sluggish and unmotivated in the long, cold, dark days of winter, ginger can help you stay active.

7. Gingergrass Oil (Cymbopogon martinii var. Sofia)

Despite its common name, gingergrass isn’t related to ginger. It’s a spicy, fresh oil distilled from a wild grass in India. Massage tight, shivering muscles with a warm, spasm-calming gingergrass blend, and feel them loosen up.

8. Juniper Berry Oil (Juniperus communis)

Fresh, foresty, and invigorating, juniper berry oil is especially soothing for muscles and joints that ask for extra care in cold weather. It’s safe to use in an ongoing fashion, so keep your juniper berry blends close by.

9. Marjoram (Sweet) Oil (Origanum majorana)

Sweet marjoram oil has a camphoraceous, herbal scent. It can move your body’s energy in a way that supports your natural detox process. Try a sweet marjoram bath salt when you feel sluggish after a big meal or fun holiday party.

10. Myrrh Oil (Commiphora myrrha)

One of the most skin-friendly warm essential oils, myrrh gently stirs the body’s energy in a way that’s not too stimulating. It allows you to release stress and find a more nourishing flow of energy. Use myrrh in a relaxing body oil after a long day.

Warm carrier oils and hydrosols

Some carriers and hydrosols also have warming effects!

Hydrosols are aromatic waters with therapeutic properties. Learn more about hydrosols and how they’re different from essential oils.

1. Peru Balsam Infused Jojoba Oil

Peru balsam is a resin with a warm, vanilla, cinnamon-like scent. We’ve infused it in our organic jojoba oil for a softly scented carrier that feels luxurious and soothing, yet simple.

2. Chai Co-distill Hydrosol

Our distiller combined six spices in one distillation! The result is a warm, intoxicating, chai-like hydrosol that smells amazing while it helps purify the air in your room..

3. Cinnamon Hydrosol(Cinnamomum verum)

Hydrosols are so gentle that you can even drink them. Add a few spritzes of cinnamon hydrosol to a glass of water and sip it to warm up on a chilly day.

4. Ginger Hydrosol(Zingiber officinale)

Add a teaspoon of zesty ginger hydrosol to sparkling water for a bubbly, refreshing drink that can pep up your energy and calm down your belly.

5. Turmeric Hydrosol(Curcuma longa)

Mist your body with a turmeric body spray to hydrate your skin and soothe areas that feel tight, sore, and puffy.

DIY warm essential oil recipes

December 15, 2020 — Karen Williams