Although the weather has been mild and warm in Colorado so far, but winter is coming. The weather, flu season, and the flurry of holiday activities can lead to what is commonly known as the “winter blues.” The winter blues can leave you feeling sad, depressed, lacking energy, and dreary, making the winter months seem to drag on forever. Essential oils can help you get through the winter months by giving you peace, balance, joy, energy, and an overall positive emotional state. Here are a few of the best essential oils to use if a case of the winter blues is getting you down.

1. Citrus oils are some of the best essential oils to use to fight the winter blues. Because of their light, uplifting scents, they can cheer up your mood even on the darkest of winter days.

Grapefruit essential oil has energizing properties that will wake up your brain and body and fight off the winter drowsiness that comes with cold weather and dark skies. If winter makes you tired, sleepy, unmotivated, and unwilling to wake up, this oil is for you.

Orange essential oil in both sweet and bitter varieties is another great oil to use to uplift your energy levels. On days when you are missing the sun, orange essential oil is the perfect choice to brighten your day and relax those winter blues.

Bergamot essential oil is the traditional aromatherapy mood lifter and the oil most often used when someone is feeling unhappy or down. It is a great pick-me-up during winter.

Other citrus essential oils to give your winter mood a bit of sunshiny feel are lemon and mandarin.

2. Floral essential oils work to help fight feelings of sadness and melancholy, and are a great asset during the winter months.

Patchouli essential oil has been traditionally used to enhance your mood and reduce anxiety. If the aroma isn’t for you, patchouli blends well with a variety of other oils, like bergamot, cinnamon, lemongrass, lavender, and grapefruit, to name a few.

Neroli essential oil is derived from the fragrant blossoms of the orange tree; the combination of citrus and floral elements, along with antidepressant and aphrodisiatic properties makes this the ideal oil to guard against the winter blues.

Frankincense essential oil acts to calm your mind and uplift your spirits, while at the same time increase energy levels that might be lacking due to freezing temperatures. It is also beneficial for chest coughs that are common during winter.

Other floral essential oils to consider during winter are ylang ylang and lavender.

3. Ravensara essential oil is considered one of the top essential oils for colds and flu. Ravensara oil is an excellent antiviral, immune-boosting, decongestant oil.

There are many ways to put essential oils to use; for winter, warm baths, body butters and balms, diffusers, and inhalers are great, relaxing options to get you through the season. Don’t let the shorter days and lack of sun get you down; try out these essential oils and find what works best for you to fight the winter blues and bring some sunshine back into your life during the chilly months.