Aromatherapy for the Holidays

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/12/2012 to Aromatherapy

The holidays are a sensory extravaganza with all the beautiful things to see, taste, and smell. Using natural essential oils is a great way to bring the scents of the holidays into your home. Using essential oils in place of their synthetic counterparts brings added benefits that go beyond their delicious scents. In addition to smelling great, many essential oils have antibacterial/antiviral properties that can help stop the spread of colds and flus.

Spicy scents like cinnamon and cloves are a favorite at Christmas time. Other popular spicy scents are peppermint, ginger, nutmeg and pine. These can be easily diffused throughout your home. There are many options available for diffusing essential oils, including using them in potpourri or sachets. Wickless candles or oil burners are inexpensive and are a great way to use essential oils for aromatherapy. You can also find easy instructions online to make your own.

When burning these spicy scents, be sure to use just a tiny amount, as too much can irritate the eyes, throats, noses, and lungs of anyone who gets too close. It's an even better idea to dilute these scents into other, milder scents to make a lovely smelling concoction that has less of a bite. Some milder scents that are great during the holidays are woody smells like cedarwood. Orange oils are also very festive and mix well with other scents. Frankincense and myrrh follow the Christmas tradition and can be used alongside other essential oils.

Take the opportunity this Christmas to experiment a little with essential oils and find the aromatherapy combinations that you like best to bring the holiday spirit into your home. Besides making your home smell great, these essential oils have added health benefits that you just can't find in synthetic room fragrances.