Holiday-Themed Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser Blends
Welcome, Autumn and Winter! I feel like this is the most wonderful and magical time of year. A time of change and renewal. What better way to kick off the season and set the mood than with some special essential oil blends?
Did you know that most scented candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both of which are known carcinogens)? In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
Scents and odors are actually particles that can contain bacteria, chemicals, and other substances. That is why I have never used room freshening sprays, fake scented candles, Glade Plug-Ins or the like. If you think these products are cleaning your air or that the artificial perfumes are benefiting you and your family in some way think again!
So, it’s time to permanently ditch the Febreze and other toxic and artificially scented room sprays, candles, wall plug-ins, etc that just mask odors in favor of natural plant oils, fruit, and spices.
What are Essential Oils?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, gardenia, fresh herb or spice you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the petals, leaves, seeds, bark, stems, roots, and other parts of plants.
They can be both delicately and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their unique and distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their natural benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used in food preparation, beauty treatments, and in health-care practices.
But what is a volatile aromatic compound? In short, these compounds are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile because they change state quickly. They are referred to as oils but they are very different from vegetable oils such as coconut or olive.
Benefits of Essential Oils
There are numerous benefits to using essential oils and the natural scents of fruit and spices. To name a few…
- Helps boost mood
- Purifies the air and cleans surfaces in your home
- Remove odors (doesn’t just mask them)
Used topically –
- Helps fight cold and flu symptoms
- Relaxes your body and soothes sore muscles
- Heals skin conditions
- Alleviates pain
- Balances hormones
- Improves digestion
- Reduces cellulite, wrinkles, and acne
- And much more!
History of Aromatherapy
Since the use of essential oils is present in many countries and cultures, it is difficult to pinpoint where the practice first originated. Oils have been used by the Jews, Chinese, Indians, ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans both in cosmetics, perfumes and for their medicinal purposes. Some cultures even used oils in sacred spiritual rituals.
In 1928, a French chemist by the name of René-Maurice Gattefossé used lavender oil to heal a burn on his hand. He then decided to further analyze the properties of lavender oil and how it could be used to treat other types of skin infections, wounds, burns or irritations.
With this, the science of aromatherapy was born. Gattefossé’s main goal was to help injured soldiers during World War I. As time went on the use of these oils began to spread especially with practitioners of alternative medicine, such as massage therapists and beauticians throughout Europe.
Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s when essential oils began to be added to various lotions, candles or other fragrances. Remember Rachel Perry’s products?
Alright, alright… I am getting off of my soapbox now…
Autumn Diffuser Blends
Make your home smell delicious with scents of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and orange peel or bring the outdoors in. Crisp air, falling leaves, crackling fires…
I am a huge fan and connoisseur of all things that smell nice, so I have to admit that I had way too much fun coming up with these blends. I tried to get really creative with these ones…
As the weather cools off more and more until it is eventually too cold to have the windows open I find that using these oil blends really helps keep my home clean, fresh, and from becoming too stuffy. Plus they are super relaxing and really help get me into the holiday spirit and elevate my mood.
Winter Essential Oil Blends
Sparkling blankets of snow, clear blue skies, pine trees, frozen lakes, cozy fires, soft blankets, and sweaters… Freshly baked pies and cookies, hot chocolate, peppermint candy… I really tried to capture this magical time of year with the blends listed below.
And here are a few more because why not? Haha.
If you are new to essential oils make sure that you buy high-quality organic ones that are steam distilled or extracted only using alcohols. Cheap oils are often extracted with toxic chemicals, if not organic they contain pesticides, and they tend to also be diluted in vegetable oils. Most EO’s are quite affordable and even the ones that aren’t are worth spending the extra money on for their incredible health benefits.
Here are the brands that I know and trust:
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- Starwest Botanicals
- Sunrise Botanics (essential oils and absolutes)
- Young Living Essential Oils
Stovetop Potpourri Recipes
If essential oils are not your thing or you want to save money another great option for filling your home or apartment with holiday scents is stovetop potpourri.
All you need to do is add any combination of the following ingredients you prefer into a medium to large size pot filled with water and simmer it on your stovetop –
- Fresh Rosemary
- Fresh Eucalyptus
- Fresh Fir or Pine Needles
- Fresh Cranberries
- Orange Slices
- Lemon Slices
- Vanilla Pod
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Cardamom Pods
- Star Anise
- Apple Slices
- Fresh Mint Leaves
I hope you really enjoy the above recipes. What are your favorite scents? Leave me a comment below.
Holiday Scents Image: https://www.medibank.com.au/livebetter/app/uploads/party-season-survival-guide-1140×760.jpg
Cozy Autumn Porch Scene: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AYnBwi6WL_e5smu9sTzko99HShliNX9fDIIpdfs5tasSfUfZ6F8w32k/
Stovetop Potpourri: https://www.mommypotamus.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/christmas-simmering-stove-top-potpourri.jpg