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Essential Oils for the Holidays, Christmas and Winter

Essential Oils for the HolidaysAs the days draw closer to Christmas, it's a perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending essential oils that will help get us into the spirit of the season.

Below is a list of essential oils well suited for incorporation into your favorite holiday diffuser blends.

The oils included in this list were selected for their warming, spicy, resinous or woody aroma. This is a highly subjective list. You may want to skim through the list of 110 oils contained in AromaWeb's Essential Oil Profiles area for oils that you personally like for the season.

By their nature, spicy essential oils like Cinnamon, Clove Bud and Ginger are strong and quite warming. A little goes a long way with these oils. They shouldn't be heavily diffused into a room as they can irritate the mucous membranes. It's best to blend stronger spice oils into more gentle oils like Sweet Orange Essential Oil (see the Blending Spice Oils section below).

Essential oils commonly associated with Christmas include coniferous oils like Fir Needle and Scotch Pine, minty oils like Peppermint and Spearmint, resinous oils like Frankincense and Myrrh, spicy oils like Cinnamon and Nutmeg and woody oils like Cedarwood.


Wintertime

Wintertime is often a source for an increase in colds and flus. Many essential oils are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral, so using essential oils to fragrance your holidays and cold witner days instead of synthetic room fragrances can potentially help to ward off the spread of colds and flus. The below list, however, was selected based solely on their appropriateness for winter celebrations. For more information and to view a list of essential oils with anti-bacterial, ant-viral and expectorant/decongestant properties, read Reducing the Risk of Contracting H1N1, Flus and Colds With Aromatherapy.

 

Essential Oils for Christmas:
Warming/Spicy/Resinous/Woody/Spiritual Essential Oils and Absolutes
  Allspice
Anise
Anise, Star
Basil, Holy
Balsam, Peru
Bay
Bay Laurel
Benzoin
Black Pepper
Cardamom
Cassia
Cedarwood, Atlas
Cedarwood, Virginian
Chocolate Peppermint
Cinnamon
Clove Bud

Coffee

  Common Sage
Cypress
Dalmation Sage
Dill
Fennel
Fir Needle
Frankincense
Galbanum
Ginger
Gurjum Balsam
Immortelle
Juniper Berry
Marjoram
Myrrh
Nutmeg
Oakmoss

Olibanum
  Peppermint
Peppermint, Chocolate
Pine, Scotch
Sage, Common
Sage, Dalmation
Sage, Spanish
Sandalwood
Scotch Pine
Spearmint
Spikenard
Spruce
Star Anise
Sweet Orange
Thyme
Vanilla
Vetiver
 

 

Blending Spice and Mint Oils

Spice and Mint essential oils can be especially strong. When I create a seasonal essential oil diffuser blend that is intended to highlight a particular spice or mint oil, I either use the oil in very low quantity or include it in a blend at low proportion.

Citrus oils, especially Sweet Orange Essential Oil blend well with the spice oils. Some individuals like me also enjoy blending mints with the citrus and woody oils. Orange essential oil is especially abundant and is one of the most affordable of essential oils. It has few contraindications and most people love the aroma. During the chilly fall months, I love combining a few drops of ginger, cinnamon, clove, and/or patchouli with Orange, Mandarin or Tangerine. Working with the other citrus oils like Bergamot, Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit and the oils in the above list can lead to some lovely combinations.

A Warning About Applying Spice and Mint Oils to the Skin

My focus within this article is in selecting oils for diffusion. When creating blends and topical products that you apply to your skin, remember that many of the spice oils can cause skin irritation and should be used as incredibly low dilutions, if at all. For more information, read Essential Oils That May Cause Dermal Irritation and Skin Sensitization.


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Important Note: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before. Instructions on conducting a skin patch test and more safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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