As summer winds down, the weather gets a little cooler and the air a little crisper. We all envision cool nights around bonfires, hot cider in hand, roasting marshmallows for s’mores, and getting ready for Halloween and the upcoming holiday season. Essential oils can enhance the experience of autumn in your home and on-the-go.
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Patchouli essential oil is a very popular, earthy grounding oil that warms the spirit, so on those cool, crisp autumn nights, nothing could be better than sitting around with your family or close friends and reminiscing about the good old days that warm your hearts. It’s unique, medium aroma is very freeing and uplifting, so it perfect to diffuse throughout the transition from summer to fall, and fall to winter as well.
Clove oil is a great addition to autumn and Halloween blends (like the one below) because it brings out the warm, festive attributes of the season. Paired with warm oils like cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or orange, you will surely be inviting raised spirits-and appetites-to the table! Due to its highly potent nature, clove essential oil should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical use.
Orange essential oil is a highly prized and easy-to-use oil, both alone and in a blend. It is safe to use for anyone aromatically, and it’s light aroma can bring a happy feeling of warmth to your home, in contrast to other oils for the season that tend to be heavier in intensity. It’s adaptability can make it a wonderful addition to oil blends, lightening heavy atmospheres at home as well.
A highly spicy aroma is given off by ginger essential oil, and that makes it a great addition to this list. It contrasts with sweet oils like orange, and complements more earthy oils like cinnamon and nutmeg. Another medium intensity scent, it’s inviting warmth will calm the soul and is even said to alleviate those dreaded nauseous feelings after eating too much at holiday get-togethers.
Myrrh essential oil is steeped in many long-held religious and spiritual connotations, so it is no surprise that this oil is said to help ground and center, as well as help with meditative and spiritual states. It’s deep, warm aroma is calming and it’s also great for your skin when applied topically. It is a great addition to frankincense essential oil for a deeply relaxing and comforting experience.
Another deeply rooted spiritual oil, frankincense essential oil is widely used around the world for many things, including it’s highly spicy, comforting aroma. A safe oil to use with or without dilution, it matches myrrh oil in many of it’s uses and complements it perfectly in blends, making it a great addition to your autumn and winter holiday festivities.
Sage essential oil is a very strongly scented oil that emits a warm and uplifting feeling. It is said to help alleviate stress and anxiety, so having it around the home during the holidays is beneficial to everyone. The spice of this oil is a perfect addition to many blends for comfort and general well-being. NOTE: There is a big difference between sage essential oil and clary sage. You cannot substitute one for the other as they have different properties.
Probably the most widely used scent during the fall and holiday season, cinnamon essential oil is one of those scents that instantly brings hundreds of images to mind of home and cooking and family togetherness, and makes you feel just as warm and cozy as those memories. Highly concentrated, even for aromatic use, it should be diluted heavily if used topically. This oil pairs greatly with other holiday scents like clove and nutmeg for a lovely housewarming blend in the diffuser. Keep this one diffusing from fall through winter.
Nutmeg essential oil is said to help with a host of issues, as well as balancing the mind and spirit, which are great qualities to have on those long, cold autumn and winter nights. A warm scented oil with medium intensity, it is a great addition to other seasonal oils for the perfect autumn blend to bring balance and harmony to your home’s environment and all in it.
The exotic, warm and earthy scent of sandalwood essential oil is used all over the world for meditative and tranquil mindsets. Another oil steeped in spirituality, it is perfect to use diluted or not, to bring a serene sense of well-being over all in its presence. A great addition to oils like frankincense and myrrh, the medium intensity aroma of sandalwood, can calm even the most chaotic mind-or just help an exhausted brain feel relaxed and pampered for the holidays.
DIY HALLOWEEN BLEND
3 drops clove oil
4 drops nutmeg oil
2 drops cinnamon oil
6 drops orange oil
Diffuse these oils in your home for a festive fall feeling from October right on through to January!
What essential oils make you feel warm and cozy for the chilly autumn season? Do you have any custom blends you use around your home?