Oh it’s Christmas time again and what a wonderful time it is! But, with the holiday season comes stress, chaos, overwhelm, food, sickness, more food, a little more stress, and tons of joy! I love this time of year, but I know it can be hard on people. This can be exacerbated by overfilled schedules, lack of sleep, or even the loss of a loved one. Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to support your body emotionally and physiologically throughout this season.
The best part about using essential oils, even year round, is they not only offer physical and emotional wellness, they also smell beautifully! By creating custom blends based on your needs, you are able to fill your home with a lovely scent as well as create a therapeutic environment to thrive in. Here are some blends and tips I use for myself during the Christmas hustle and bustle!
Because I have a small child in my home and I’m pregnant, all of these blends are child and pregnancy safe (more on that HERE), which is why I’ve chosen to not use any peppermint, cinnamon bark, nutmeg, or myrrh. If you don’t have the same restrictions, I encourage you to add these wonderful holiday oils into your seasonal blends!
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Peace on Earth
- 2 drops Frankincense
- 2 drops Cedarwood Atlas
- 2 drops Bergamot
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri or sacra) is high in alpha pinene and offers grounding, meditative, and calming properties by relaxing the nerves, alongside anti-inflammatory, respiratory support, and antiseptic properties.
Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica) (don’t confuse with Virginian cedarwood which is truly a Juniper) is high in sesquiterpenes, which can be anti-inflammatory, and is very grounding with a pleasant lingering smell. It may calm the nerves as well as offer excellent respiratory support.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is relaxing, uplifting, and may be a mood enhancing tonic due to it’s linalyl acetate, as well as anti-viral due to limonene.
This blend would be excellent when dealing with any feelings of overwhelm, guilt, sadness, or scattered thinking that may come with the holidays.
- 1 drop Ylang Ylang
- 3 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Mandarin
Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) is highly sedating and offers tranquility, making it perfect to create a calming environment.
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), which is high in linalool and linalyl acetate, is sedating, calming, and the go to relaxation oil.
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) is soothing and uplifting because it is a citrus, but is also calming due to the ester content.
Use this blend to calm your nerves and unwind at night, promoting much needed rest!
Here’s my favorite diffuser! It has a 10 minute on and 20 minute off setting which I love for overnights.
Oh Christmas Tree
- 2 drops Rosalina
- 2 drops Pine (Scotch, White)
- 2 drops Siberian Fir
- 3 drops Frankincense
Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia) is an excellent and gentle respiratory oil because of it’s 1,8 cineole (eucalyptol) content as well as the calming effect of linalool.
Pine (Pinus sylvestris, Pinus strobus) is great for respiratory support because of it’s alpha pinene, which can be anti-viral and a decongestant.
Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica), similar to Pine, is also great for respiratory support and may promote decongesting as well as offer anti-inflammatory properties.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii, Boswellia sacra) again is a great respiratory oil, due to the alpha pinene as well it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
Not only will this blend make your home smell like a beautiful forest of Christmas trees, it is the perfect blend to promote respiratory health as the sniffles go around.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas*
- 2 drops Cinnamon leaf
- 2 drops Sweet Orange
- 3 drops Balsam Fir
*Adapted from usingeossafely.com
Cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is an excellent immune supporting oil that is gentler than Cinnamon bark. (Cinnamon bark is more powerful!)
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) is a great addition to this blend due it’s limonene content, which can be anti-viral.
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) contains alpha-pinene, which can be anti-viral and is great for immune boosting and respiratory support.
This child safe immune boosting powerhouse is your go-to Christmas smell, with the Cinnamon and Orange, but it is also excellent to be diffusing to ward off sickness as you move through the busy season!
Digestive Wellness Roller Blend
- 1 drop Sweet Orange
- 2 drops Spearmint
- 1 drop Grapefruit
- 2 drops Ginger
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) is a great digestive tonic, and may offer support for healthy digestion.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) can enhance digestion and has a pleasant mint odor.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is very cleansing for the body and toning for the digestion.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a long loved digestive support aid, and the essential oil is no different.
For a 2% dilution, combine all drops with 10 mL of carrier oil in a glass roller bottle.
Room sprays are an excellent way to take the above diffuser blends and transform them into a permanent fixture in the room. Just find a 4 oz glass spray bottle, add about 40 drops of essential oil in the proper ratios, and fill the rest with water (boiled or distilled is best). You can add a pinch of salt or a squirt of rubbing alcohol or vodka, to help disperse the oil into the water. Always shake well before use. These can even make great gifts for your loved ones! Just be sure to label which essential oils the bottle contains.
Again, another transformation the above blends can make is into a personal inhaler. Why do we like these?
- They are portable and can travel with you in a pocket or purse.
- The smell is contained and only affects you so they are great for crowded areas such as airports, malls, and large family gatherings.
- They are just a grab away, if you need a moment of tranquility, grab your Peace on Earth blend, give it a sniff, take a deep breath, and keep on with your activity.
- They are safe to use in homes with newborns or others who are too sensitive for normal essential oil use, as the scent does not disperse.
All you need to do once you have your inhalers is put about 10 drops of essential oil in the proper ratios onto the cotton wick, close, label, and use!
Aromatherapy can make an excellent gift for someone that you can create yourself! Some of my favorites to give are chapstick and room sprays, but bath salts, salves, body butters, and other therapeutically scented products make wonderful gifts! Here are some great tutorials on making aromatherapy gifts:
- Aromatherapy Rice Bag
- Diffuser Bracelet
- More Homemade Gifts
- Solid Perfume
- Peppermint Bath Salts
- Gingerbread Soap
- Mosquito Repellant Necklace
As with any essential oil, educate yourself. Do your research on the company you have chosen; call them and ask questions, research their farms, distillation processes, GC/MS reports, organic practices, and other data. Essential oils are powerful and must be treated as such. Please, keep them in a locked cabinet far away from children.
Want to know what essential oils I use? Contact me! I’d love to chat about it.
How do you use aromatherapy during the holiday season?
- Using Essential Oils Safely
- Essential Oil Safety
- Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy
- Aromatic Wisdom Podcast
- Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook
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