Essential Oils for Holiday Season
There are smells that remind us of lazy summer nights and picnics on freshly cut grass and there are winter smells. If winter was a smell, what would it be? A smell of hot chocolate with cinnamon, smell of snow (does snow even have a smell?) or mulled wine?
Research shows that smell is the only fully developed sense a fetus has in the womb, and it’s the one that is the most developed in a child through the age of around 10 when sight takes over. And because smell and emotion are stored as one memory, childhood tends to be the period in which you create the basis for smells you will like and hate for the rest of your life.
Many companies figured out that diffusing Christmas smells in their shops during holiday season will make shopping experience of their customers memorable and they will spend longer time shopping. But what does Christmas smell like? Christmas has many aromatic smells that, according to scent marketing, evoke family moments, celebrations, the sound of uncorking bottles of champagne… that sensation of vitality, euphoria and emotion!
Whether you associate Holiday Season with pine, orange, cloves, cardamom, hot wine, vanilla, ginger, orange, ground coffee beans, honey, cold fresh air or chocolate, there's an oil for that! Enjoy these lovely seasonal blends and have a "scentful" holiday season!
Winter Solstice Blend
4 drops blue spruce essential oil
2 drops orange essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops pine essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops cinnamon essential oil
3 drops Ravintsara essential oil
2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
All conifers are great holiday season scents. Pine is cleansing with a fresh, clean scent. Fir essential oil has a grounding, evergreen aroma reminiscent of a Christmas tree.
Peppermint is great for purification and the winter solstice is a great time to take stock and clear out the unnecessary baggage we are carrying around (physically and emotionally). Pine and peppermint together are powerful cleansing herbs to help facilitate this process.
Cinnamon is a more fiery scent, but it has a warm, comforting energy. Not only does cinnamon smell like baking cookies and childhood memories, but it is also a powerful prosperity herb to usher in a prosperous new year.
Ravintsara is one of several essential oils derived from the Cinnamomum camphora tree, along with Ho Wood and Camphor. Steam distilled from the leaves of the tree, Ravintsara is highly regarded in its native Madagascar for its many beneficial properties. It is a multi-action essential oil, providing cleansing and invigorating properties when diffused or used aromatically and powerful skin-cleansing properties when applied topically.
Eucalyptus has a bold, invigorating aroma, it creates a refreshing breathing experience when inhaled, promotes a peaceful environment at bedtime, and has a stimulating, soothing aroma when applied to head, neck, chest.
And lemon and orange are citrus smells, fresh and zesty. Lemon makes an important top note in perfumes, as well as an effective odor neutralizer when diffused. Known as liquid sunshine, orange essential oil has a sweet and uplifting aroma that brightens any room and cleanses the air when diffused.
I hope your home already smells like holidays!