If you’re here, you too are probably possessed by the Christmas spirit. It’s nothing serious, you just turn into a happier and livelier person for a whole month, that’s all. It’s contagious too! If you’re in search for that one great Christmas essential oil blend, you’re in luck. I’ve got plenty of inspiring recipes for you.
In this post, you’ll be reading about:
- The best way to create that specific festive atmosphere with Christmas essential oils. One method of using them really stands out during this time of the year. Find out what it is and why it is so perfect.
- The best holiday essential oils/aromas to use in your blends.
- A list of all sorts of inspirational holiday blends.
- The benefits of using Aromatherapy for the winter holidays. With some safety bits of advice and tips to enjoy a true Christmas air in your home for as long as you want.
Breaking Down a Christmas Essential Oil Blend! How to Use, Steps to DIY & Recipes
Have you ever wondered why there are so many specific fragrances that remind us of Christmas? The answer is because they’re all used to make and bake all sorts of goodies around the end of the year.
The end of the year holds specific significance for Christians everywhere. No matter where you grew up, you tend to associate, maybe not all, but a lot of scents with Christmas.
Some communist countries, for instance, got oranges only for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Others grew up with ginger and nutmeg, and so on.
On Christmas, there’s an explosion of scents everywhere. Sweet, tart, resinous, spicy… wherever you turn, there they are. For all the Christmas nuts out there (myself included), this time of the year is pure heaven.
Luckily, today we can smell any Christmas fragrance we like. Aromatherapy is the best source for such scents to have around all year long.
Essential oils can help us create that special, warm and friendly Christmas atmosphere. While smelling lovely, essential oils can also improve our health and mood. More about their benefits in the last part of the post.
How to Use Essential Oils and Blends for Christmas
Essential oils are volatile substances. This means that once you’ve opened the bottle, they’ll disperse into the atmosphere very fast. This makes them great for diffusion.
This method of enjoying the benefits of a Christmas essential oil blend is the best. Why? It’s the best because you can:
- Inhale a great concentration of active oil molecules (50-70%).
- Experience fast effects.
The best way to experience their scent along the day is by using an Aroma diffuser. A diffuser is a device that disperses a small amount of essence in a larger environment. There are many types of diffusers out there and they all use different technologies.
Some of the best ones are nebulizers and ultrasonic diffusers. The nebulizer, however, is superior to ultrasonic devices. It uses pure essences (no water needed).
This makes the diffusion more potent because water usually dilutes the concentration of an oil.
Find out more about the subject of aromatic diffusion:
- How Does an Essential Oil Diffuser Work? What You Need to Know
- What Essential Oils Diffuser Jewelry to Pick and Why (plus Blends)
Once you’ve made your Christmas essential oil blend, you can use a few drops for each diffusion. The exact amount varies for each device and space.
Each session should not last more than 30 minutes and the room must be well-ventilated. Essential oils can saturate the air and cause nausea or headaches. Also, you should never fall asleep with a diffuser on.
You can also inhale your essential oils for Christmas from a:
- Reed diffuser,
- Candle burner,
- Cotton pad,
- Hot (bath) water,
- USB diffuser,
- Car diffuser,
- Homemade clay diffusers,
The beauty of a Christmas blend is that it can be used in many ways. Besides the obvious aroma diffuser, you can pour a few drops on many surfaces.
Ideas to place your Christmas scents for diffusers:
- Pine and/or fir needles.
- Homemade clay baubles.
- Homemade clay decorations.
How to Make a Christmas Essential Oil Blend
The best blends should not contain more than 5 essential oils. Too many different scents may not mix right.
A perfume blend usually needs weeks or months until the final fragrance settles. That is called the maturation period, in which all the aromas mix and merge together to form a complex scent.
- Prepare an empty dark colored glass bottle. You can clean it first or leave it as it is, especially if you liked the essential oil. Write down all you do, right when you do it.
- Pick your essences (up to 5). Try a mixture of a drop each on a cotton pad to see how you’d like the combination.
- Combine your oils and let the blend rest for as long as you can. The fragrances will mix continuously and, in time, the scent will also change. Add more oils if you feel like it’s needed.
Christmas Essential Oils (Holiday Scents)
When it comes to celebrating the end of the year, we have lots of specific aromas to choose from. If you’re looking for ideas of essential oils for your Christmas tree, take a look at the following.
- Who doesn’t love the smell of vanilla?! It’s in all the Christmas baked goodies and drinks, and we just love it. Sweet, floral, intoxicating, warm and oriental. Vanilla absolute blends well with many Christmas tree essential oils.
- Warm, spicy, sweet… these are all cinnamon notes. Cinnamon essential oil is an incredibly strong antibacterial and antiviral too. It’s soothing for the mind and the digestive system too.
- With its tart yet sweet notes, Orange essential oil adds a lot of flavor to a Christmas essential oil blend. It’s very uplifting and at the same time, Orange oil can also calm down the nervous system.
- Although not much different from orange, Mandarin essential oil is something else. Your nose will be able to tell the difference. It’s a very uplifting and joyous essence that can also calm down nervous people/kids.
- This is the traditional scent of Christmas. The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of all the winter festivities. Balsam Fir essential oil smells amazing. It’s a lot sweeter than pine, more balsamic, yet fresh and resinous. It can also disinfect the air and prevent infections.
- For that extra something, Clove oil is everywhere around Christmas. Its scent is in mulled wine, spice bread, biscuits, etc. Add spiciness to your Christmas essential oil blend and boost your mood at the same time.
Frankincense & Myrrh
- What better way of celebrating the birth of Jesus if not with these two incenses?! Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils smell incredible. Very peaceful, rich and oriental, they can instantly transform your home’s ambiance. They’re very soothing and pain relieving too.
- A very pungent, spicy and tart scent, ginger cannot be mistaken. It’s a great ingredient for all sorts of Christmas goodies. On top of all this, Ginger oil can also improve digestion, relieve nausea and boost your mood.
- One of the most popular scents around Christmas, Pine oil is very crisp and fresh. It smells balsamic and resinous, like a pine forest. It’s great at preventing viral infections and improving breathing, among others.
- This oil, with its mentholated aroma, is omnipresent. You’ll smell (and taste) it in candies, cookies, chocolate, ice creams, etc. Peppermint essential oil is also very refreshing and stimulating. Peppermint is great for the mind and body. Not to mention how useful it is for a proper digestion.
- It’s a very strong and spicy Christmas aroma, but it also has a sweet core. In a Christmas essential oil blend, Nutmeg can relieve extreme fatigue and nausea. It can also improve your breathing and relieve joint pain.
- With its pungent and spicy notes, Anise oil sends you thinking of mulled wine, peace, and warmth. It’s also a very good relaxant for the nervous system.
- Rich, woody and balsamic, with the plant family’s characteristic scent. It’s also a very good antibacterial, antiviral, and stimulant for the senses.
Other essential oils to use for the winter holidays:
- Neroli (Orange blossom)
- Black Spruce
Of course, you can add any other essence you like. Just make sure they work well mixed with all the others.
You can buy your holiday essential oils from doTERRA, Young Living, Plant Therapy and whoever else you like. The important thing is to trust them.
How can you be sure your source is trustworthy? Check out this article on how to choose your essential oils.
Christmas Essential Oil Blends
Try any of the following recipes and feel free to change some of the scents. You never know what combinations you might come up with.
Christmas Essential Oil Blend for Diffuser
- Cinnamon essential oil: 3 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 30 drops
- Clove essential oil: 2 drops
- Balsam Fir essential oil: 15 drops
Mix these oils in a 10 ml dark glass bottle and give them a gentle shake. Use a moderate amount for your diffuser and always follow the rules of a healthy diffusion.
Christmas Spirit Essential Oil Recipe
- Pine essential oil: 10 drops
- Balsam Fir essential oil: 20 drops
- Cinnamon essential oil:2 drops
- Vanilla absolute: 3 drops
Spray around or diffuse this blend and inhale as deeply as you can. It’ll bring your home a lot of joy and good mood.
Winter Essential Oils Blend Recipe
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 20 drops
- Mandarin essential oil: 20 drops
- Nutmeg essential oil: 3 drops
- Cardamom essential oil: 10 drops
- Cinnamon essential oil: 3 drops
Give this Christmas essential oil recipe a gentle stir before each use. Here’s another interesting idea: use the winter recipe as a Thanksgiving essential oil blend too. The time is right anyway and it can instantly give your mood a boost.
Frankincense, Orange & Fir Christmas Diffuser Blend
- Frankincense essential oil: 20 drops
- Fir essential oil: 5 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 10 drops
- Coriander essential oil: 2 – 3 drops
Christmas Citrus Joy Blend
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 15 drops
- Mandarin essential oil: 15 drops
- Neroli essential oil: 3 drops
- Cinnamon essential oil: 2 drops
This Christmas essential oil blend recipe is great for daily activities. Whether it’s cleaning, decorating the tree or baking goodies, it’ll fill all your senses.
Christmas Delicious Aromatherapy Blend
- Vanilla absolute: 6 drops
- Cinnamon essential oil: 5 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 20 drops
- Cardamom essential oil: 3 drops
Invigorating Christmas Morning Blend
- Pine essential oil: 10 drops
- Black Spruce essential oil: 10 drops
- Orange essential oil: 30 drops
Festive Aromatherapy Blend for Christmas & New Year’s Eve
- Cinnamon essential oil: 5 drops
- Lemon & Orange essential oils: 20 drops
- Balsam Fir essential oil: 10 drops
- Anise essential oil: 3 drops
These are only a few combinations you can mix for your Christmas blend. Don’t be afraid to mix and match other holiday scents you like. Write everything down so you can work more on it or replicate your recipe next time.
If you’d like to make a Christmas soap, you can get some inspiration from these essential oil blends.
For all sorts of room spray recipes, you can also check this article out. You can get your share of inspiration and use whatever essences you like.
Why Use Essential Oils for Christmas? Safety Tips and More
Blending aromatic oils in the winter is fun, pleasant and relaxing. But have you ever wondered why are they so popular lately, especially during the Holidays?
Perhaps you’ll tell me it’s because of that great and strong scent they have. That is indeed one of the reasons.
But, besides smelling nice, most essential oils are also part of CAM. That is a Complementary and Alternative Medicine system. Aromatic oils have really taken off in the last decade.
They make great alternatives to some over-the-counter drugs. Or they can be a complementary therapy, one that accompanies your doctor’s prescription.
Essential oils are concentrated plant liquids. They’re extracted via steam distillation and their byproducts are called hydrosols.
Hydrosols are wonderful gentle aromatic waters, with mild therapeutic effects. They’re especially useful in beauty and skin care regimens.
Essential oils can:
- Relieve pain and headaches.
- Relieve muscle tension.
- Lower the blood pressure and heart rhythm.
- Lower cholesterol levels.
- Improve the aspect of wrinkles and acne scars.
- Prevent acne outbreaks.
- Disinfect the air and prevent viral infections.
- Strengthen the immune system.
- Relieve anxiety and stress.
- Improve the quality of sleep.
- Chase away nausea and seasickness.
- Improve the blood circulation.
- Help to close wounds and heal faster.
- Maintain the integrity/density of bones.
- Soothe allergies.
It seems pretty obvious why so many people use essential oils. And it’s only natural to want to abuse them a bit during Christmas time.
It’s not only the season to be jolly but to also beware of viral infections. A clean house can protect the whole family from seasonal illnesses.
Christmas is the perfect excuse to take it easier. It’s also the perfect time to relax more, take long hot aromatic baths, read and drink mulled wine.
You can bake goodies and you can invite friends over. You can do whatever makes you happy and still get away with it. (*wink*)
Safety Tips for Your Christmas Essential Oil Blend
So, to get it out of the way once and for all, and to help you relax completely, here they are. A few tips to help you prevent health complications right during the busiest time of the year.
- It is possible to apply a Christmas oil blend topically too. You’ll need to first mix it with some carrier oil (6 drops EO/Oz carrier oil). That will avoid skin sensitization, burning or irritation.
- Research in more depth an essential oil you want to use for yourself and the others. Some of them can cause drug interactions. Other may lower or raise the blood pressure or trigger seizures, etc.
- Take into account people with asthma and allergies when making a blend.
- Consider your pets too.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not inhale certain essential oils. If you have guests over, make sure everybody’s safe.
- Avoid diffusing Aromatherapy oils around newborn babies and toddlers.
- Most importantly, do not diffuse continuously. Keep the diffuser on for 20 – 30 minutes only. Repeat every 2 hours or more and keep the house well-ventilated.
To make it even more Christmassy, you can decorate oranges with clove buds. Or you can make your own DIY clay decorations. They’re absorbent materials that can hold a Christmas essential oil blend very well. You can then hang them on in the tree, closet, etc.
Spray your Christmas tree with your favorite blend(s). Such a blend is especially useful if you have a fake tree.
For some, making Christmas preparations is among the best moments in life. When you also get to mix your own essences and make a Christmas essential oil blend, the process is even more exciting.
Working with fragrances is very relaxing too. Since the winter holidays are about relaxation and happiness, Aromatherapy hits the spot.
Do you have a favorite winter or Christmas blend you’d like to share? I’m all for trying new recipes so, I’ll look forward to hearing more from you.