Since we spend so much time indoors during the holidays, Christmas is the perfect time to use your aromatherapy diffuser. Whether you are looking to bring seasonal smells to your home or just ward off seasonal depression, there are so many wonderful essential oils that can help. Here are 12 essential oils to use at Christmas that can be diffused together or in a custom blend:
Pine is a no-brainer essential oil for Christmas. Beyond just making your home smell like a Christmas tree, pine essential oil helps boosts your metabolism which is a great benefit with all the delicious holiday food you’ll enjoy! Plus, pine is great to help relax you and balance your emotions.
There is probably no better essential oil for triggering sensory memory
. When you fill your home with cinnamon, you are immediately reminded of all of the warmth of holiday merry making. Cinnamon also supports the immune system which can always use a boost during cold and flu season.
Peppermint is one of the most delicious flavors of the season. Found in candy canes, cookies, and other delights, peppermint essential brings both the holiday scent to your home and also is fantastic for boosting energy and promoting relaxation. Both of which are always needed around the holidays.
Gifted by the three wise men to baby Jesus and then burnt as incense houses of worship and for various religious ceremonies/practices, frankincense has a long history with Christmas. In the East frankincense is connected to balancing the crown chakra, so it has a profound spiritual meaning across all religions. Frankincense is great for boosting immune system health and relieving anxiety.
Myrrh is the other essential oil that was gifted by the three wise men and burnt in houses of worship. Like frankincense, myrrh essential oil is an immune booster and relieves anxiety. Paired together they make a wonderful combination for the holiday season.
Whether dotted along the holiday ham, added to mulled wine, or used to make pomanders, clove is a classic holiday spice. This rich scent adds a depth to the smells of your holiday home, and also helps ease respiratory and sinus issues a result of a seasonal cold or flu.
7. Sweet Orange
Christmas happens during the citrus season. Once upon a time, people would gift one another these delicious tropical fruits as a Christmas gift. Today, paired with the rich scent of clove or cinnamon, sweet orange makes a wonderful scent for you holiday home. Sweet Orange
also detoxifies your body and helps reduce the pain associated with inflammation.
Nutmeg is another great scent to trigger sensory memories of warm holiday baked goods or popular beverages. Often under looked as an essential oil, nutmeg offers a range of great health benefits from treating digestive problems and arthritis. Nutmeg essential oil is also a natural sleep aid.
Anise is another traditional holiday spice. Used for centuries in European holiday baked goods, anise brings an old world holiday scent to your home. Anise is also a powerful relaxant that helps slow down circulation and nervous responses to stress. It is also an expectorant which can help relieve congestion from a seasonal cold or flu.
The key flavor of gingerbread houses and mulled wine makes a wonderful scent addition to your holiday home especially when mixed in a blend with other essential oils. Ginger essential oil is also perfect for helping you get over your holiday slump and get motivated to make the day truly special. Ginger boosts energy and promotes clear decision making.
Cedarwood is a wonderful scent to diffuse throughout the entire winter season. This rich, woody smell makes a home feel like a cozy and inviting retreat from the harsh cold weather outside. Cedarwood is also great for detoxing, stimulating the metabolism, and soothing coughs.
Lavender may seem like an odd choice over the holidays since it is a fresh summer floral. However, lavender is one of the most relaxing, calming essential oils. During the holidays when we’re running around town, dealing with family obligations, and trying to make sure everything is perfect, we can feel a lot of excess stress. Putting a few drops of lavender in your diffuser at the end of the day is the best way to calm down after a stress of the holidays.
Holiday essential oils can make your house feel like a home during the holidays. Also if you are looking for a wonderful gift anyone would love, consider giving a Super Explorer Aromatherapy Set from Organic Aromas. They make a fantastic gift for the season.