Aromatherapy for Christmas
Posted on 12 December 2017
We all have our favourite holidays and I have to say Christmas is definitely mine. I love the scents of baking delicious apple cakes or traditional Finnish rice porridge which we eat with cinnamon. Perfect transportation back to childhood years. There are some smells we tend to link to certain events in our lives and here are some of my favourite aromatherapy oils for Christmas time. One of the best known for this festive season is definitely cinnamon often blended with orange, but there are many other favourites too. Some of the popular essential oils for Christmas are cinnamon, clove, cardamom, citrus oils, vanilla, coffee, ginger and nutmeg. Below are a few essential oils in more detail to give you some inspiration. There are also a few simple blend recipes at the end of the post.
How you can bring some Christmas scents to your daily life?
One of the easiest way to create some products is to add some Christmas essential oils to your fragrance free products. Add some scent to your shower gel to create a warming Christmas blend. You can also add some essential oils to washing up liquid or even cleaning products. Nothing like mopping the floor with some warm cinnamon scent!
Create a simple room spray in an atomiser bottle with some water and essential oils. Remember to shake the bottle well before spraying. Use some essential oils in your room diffuser or essential oil burner for soft room scent.
If you are feeling creative, you can also make you own soaps and candles with some Christmas spirit. if you have the time, nowadays there are plenty of ready made base products on the market. They make great presents and you can choose your own favourite scents and shapes.
Cinnamon Cinnamomum Zeylanicum
Let me start with one of the most recognised Christmas scents; cinnamon. It's so deliciously sweet and warm. Easy to use as a spice on cakes. As an essential oil it is great on this own or blended with other spice or citrus oils. Cinnamon essential oil is extracted from the leaves, twigs and bark of a tree and is great for digestive system and tired muscles. It's warming and sweet and some people suffering from regular headaches use it as a natural painkiller by rubbing it on temples. It's fairly potent and you do not need to use large amounts. Try blending it with orange, vanilla, nutmeg or clove oils for sweetness. Remember to always use base products if used on the skin to avoid sensitisation. Couple of drops go a long way.
Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis
My second favourite for Christmas has to be sweet orange oil. It blends well with cinnamon or other spice oils as well as with other citrus oils. It really smells like a fresh orange, it's sweet and freshly warm and softer scent from lime, lemon or grapefruit oils. Sweet orange essential oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit and is one of the affordable oils. Just like other citrus oils it can cause sensitisation if used directly on the skin and It can also cause pigmentation. On a burner or diffuser it's safe to use and you only need a few drops. It has an uplifting and warming affect to the mind.
Cardamom Elettaria cardamomum
Cardamom scent is one of my favourites. It bring warm sweetness to any blend and I love using it in my baking as well. The essential oil is made from the seeds of the herb and widely used as a spice around the world. It works really well with other spice and citrus oils as well as flower oils. Try adding to your Christmas scent for sweetness. Cardamom has many of the same properties as many other spouse oils; it’s great for muscular aches and chronic pain, it’s warming and goo for your digestive system. It is also fantastic for uplifting the mood, being so sweet and comforting.
Clove Syzygium/ Eugenia Aromaticum
Clove essential oil is another one of those sweet Christmas scents. It very similar to cinnamon and they blend great together. It has similar affects as well so can be used for tired or painful muscles as a stimulant. Clove essential oil is extracted of the buds, stems and leaves of a tree. Just like cinnamon oil it is potent and you don't need to use large quantities. A few drops in a burner is enough. Always blend in a base product like lotion or oil when used on the skin. Try blending with other spice oils, ginger or citrus oils for festive fragrance.
Myrrh Commiphora myrrha
One of the great essential oils to blend with cinnamon, orange or clove is myrrh. It's deeper and lower note and helps to keep the scent calm. You only need one or two drops in a blend. Myrrh has a woody, herbaceous aroma and is distilled from the resin of a tree. It's great as a skin care oil on its own, but works really well as a low note in a blend. Historically it was used by Egyptians on the embalming alongside of many other oils and it has a spiritual and calming properties.
A few Christmas blend ideas:
- 1 drop of myrrh
- 2 drops of cinnamon
- 3 drops of orange
- 1 drop of ginger
- 2 drops of clove
- 3 drops of orange
- 1 drop of ginger
- 2 drops of vanilla
- 2 drops of cardamom
- 2-3 drops of orange
What's your favourite Christmas scent? Please leave your comments below!