We’re officially one week away from Santa breaking into our homes (seriously, this is what we tell children) and leaving gifts behind: The presents are wrapped, the tree and decorations are up, and – if you’re really on the ball – you’ve started (or even finished) your holiday baking.
Unless you have a real tree up and/or you’re baking 24 hours a day though, there’s one thing missing that can really bring the holidays home: Essential oils. Personally, I have a whole bunch of them on hand at all times and use them for just about everything, but if you’re only going to use them at one time of year and for one thing, it should be this. You can invest in a diffuser and use that if you’re really serious, but a couple of drops of one (or more) of these in a pot of simmering water or slow cooker with the lid off will have your home smelling like the holidays into the New Year and beyond!
Here are some scents to get you started, but you’ll know what you like and don’t – Feel free to get creative and make a blend!
Frankincense oil is grounding, calming, and relaxing. It’s earthy and woodsy while at the same time being kind of sweet and fruity. It’s also kind of spicy and warm, which is exactly what you want this time of year to help get you in the holiday spirit.
It can be used by itself to fragrance the room, and it blends incredibly well with others – Play around a little bit and I assure you that it won’t be long before you’ve found the blend that works best for you.
If you didn’t get the chance to put up a real tree this year (because of allergies and/or not wanting to clean up the huge mess they create), this is an essential oil that you’re definitely going to want to invest in to get that ‘real tree scent’.
Diffusing fir needle essential oil can also help with colds and flus. When diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically, it can be used to help ease arthritic aches and pains (and if you’re going to walk around smelling like a Christmas tree, there’s no better time than the present!).
Vanilla is another trusty holiday scent. Mix it with a few drops of sweet orange or ginger oil and everyone will be thinking you’re baking a large batch of cookies! Vanilla oil has so many benefits but its relaxing, anti-depressive, and antioxidant properties are among the most potent ones.
Just remember – you only get these benefits from the real thing so don’t settle for a lab synthesized copy.
Sweet orange oil is one of the most affordable essential oils available and it’s incredibly versatile. If you’ve mixed a couple of essential oils together and you think that it’s missing something but you can’t quite put your finger on what it is, odds are that adding some orange oil into the mix will get you exactly the scent that you’re looking for.
It’s cheerful and uplifting, and can help take the stale smell out of a room that’s been smoked in (saving you an argument with Uncle George).
Juniper essential oil has antiseptic properties, so diffusing it can actually help rid the air of germs in your home (which is especially great if you’ve had a virus going around your house for a while). This is another oil that can help ease stress and calm you down after an especially hectic day (for instance, when you’ve had to battle the crowds in the stores).
The scent of juniper essential oil is woodsy, sweet, fresh, and crisp. It blends well with cedarwood and fir needle oil to create a wonderful holiday aroma.
If you’re someone that prefers a spicy scent, this is one that you’re going to love. It pairs beautifully with orange or bergamot oil and since it has a high Eugenol content, it has antiviral properties (which is super helpful considering that we’re almost at the peak of cold and flu season).
It’s also been said that it’s a natural aphrodisiac (which is great for staying warm on a cold winter’s night!).
If you’d prefer to smell pine over fir, this is the essential oil you’ll want. It has a fresh, woody, early, balsamic scent that can mimic what a real Christmas tree smells like. I wouldn’t suggest mixing this with any other oil except for maybe cinnamon, though – The unique scent is usually enough.
Do you use essential oils to fill your home with wonderful holiday scents (or for any other reason?) Let us know which ones you use and why you like them best in the comments section – I’m always looking for great smelling blends!
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