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November 13, 2023
As winter approaches, the world undergoes a magical transformation. You know what time of year of it is. A time of colourful displays in store windows. Evergreen trees line hardware store walls. The music starts in retail stores, and baby, it’s cold outside.
There’s a lot to love about this time of the year. It’s hard to beat the cozy feeling of being indoors on a cold day. Fires burning in the home hearth, hot chocolate, and slipper socks match the feeling of the season perfectly. Throw in some holiday cheer with loved ones and you have the recipe for a happy season, winding down the year and being grateful for how we have grown. Anticipation for what the New Year will bring begins, and plans for the New Year begin slowly taking shape in the back of your mind to be expanded upon at a future time.
The scent of the season changes to “cold”. Yes, cold has a scent. While many plants are sleeping, evergreens are providing us with colour and life, filling the air with woody and herbaceous piney goodness. Inside, houses are filling with the scent of holiday baking. These combinations create a fragrant symphony that marks the unmistakable arrival of the holiday season.
Extracted from the majestic Abies balsamea, a towering giant that can live up to 150 years and reach 25 meters in height, balsam fir is distinguished by its flat, soft needles—a departure from the prickly foliage of other evergreens. This essential oil adds a touch of elegance to your winter aromascape. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, balsam fir is a natural antibacterial agent, useful in diffuser blends, cleansing the air with its warm and invigorating pine notes.
This oil has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a soothing remedy for sinus congestion. It can also provide relief from muscle and joint pain. Balsam fir is a calming oil, offering solace in the face of stress and anxiety. A true balm for the soul, it eases the strains of the hustle and bustle of life like a soft evergreen hug. You can easily picture yourself surrounded by the wisdom and tranquility of an ancient fir forest with this oil.
Elevate your winter diffusing with essential oils like black spruce, distilled from the hardy needles of Picea mariana. Its crisp, invigorating aroma mirrors the essence of a winter forest. Soothe winter muscle aches and pains with the anti-inflammatory properties of black spruce. Black spruce invites self-acceptance and forgiveness. Use it to infuse positive energy into your space this season. Allow its grounding properties to connect you to the strength and serenity of nature. This oil can be a breath of fresh air during the seasonal chill. It is a relaxing oil which can be diffused in the evening to ease the tensions of the day, or before a stressful social gathering.
There are many types of cedarwood oils, each with a different chemical component structure and slightly different scent. Virginian Cedarwood has a lovely woodsy scent with a slightly pine undertone. Anchor yourself in the present moment, let stress go and create a sense of balance. Cedarwood is a grounding oil which can be beneficial for nervous tension.
Revitalize your space and clear a path for rejuvenation with scotch pine. This oil is a calming force that creates an aura of positivity. As a catalyst for self-confidence, this essential oil supports the journey toward self-acceptance and forgiveness, instilling a sense of inner strength and resilience.
Bursting with anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and analgesic properties, this botanical powerhouse emerges as a holistic remedy for a number of concerns. With its warming touch and decongestant properties, scotch pine becomes an ally for the respiratory system, offering a breath of relief in the crisp winter air.
For those of you looking for a more subtle evergreen scent, juniper berry might be the essential oil for you. Juniper berry is a soul soothing essential oil great for use in a massage oil, offering relief to tired muscles and aching joints. Elevate your relaxation even further by adding a few drops to your bath, letting the soothing aroma transport you to a serene sanctuary. Juniper berry is a versatile oil offering a number of beneficial applications at your fingertips.
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This sweet scent is a favourite among dessert lovers. Many spice oils are good digestive aids and cardamom is no exception. Its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic properties are beneficial for stomach woes. We must use the spice oils in low dilution as they are almost universally skin irritants. Also, cardamom may dry out your skin. Cardamom is beneficial for clearing the head when the hustle and bustle of the season becomes a bit much.
Clove essential oil lends emotional support. If you find the holidays to be a difficult time, add some clove into your blends. It is a warming oil good for muscle and joint aches. Use it in low dilutions as it can be irritating on the skin. It is also a good seasonal choice for digestive ease. Clove oil is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial, all great qualities for an essential oil being used in a diffuser.
The chemistry of cinnamon bark and cinnamon leaf essential oil are different. For safety reasons, we will look at cinnamon leaf essential oil. Cinnamon is a very hot oil. Cinnamon leaf oil contains eugenol which is very irritating for the skin. However, cinnamon’s antibacterial qualities make it a great choice for diffuser blends to cleanse the air. Just be sure to use it in very low dilution as the scent will overpower everything else you want to add. Everything… and fast. Cinnamon leaf is good for emotional support. Its warm scent inspires. It can uplift your mood and provide a sense of confidence over the holiday season that you may need as we interact with more people socially.
Ginger is a great digestive essential oil as it calms stomach upset. Add it to your favourite carrier oil and rub it on your tummy. Just make sure that you use it in low dilution. Ginger is a spicy oil with a soothing sensation that can be beneficial in colder months. Ginger may help the pain of inflammation. It has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. The scent of ginger essential oil can be strong. Use it in your blends at very low dilution so as to not overpower your blend.
Nutmeg is a good essential oil to use when you are feeling pensive. It can be stimulating for the mind. It can help settle the digestive system and might be particularly helpful after holiday meals. It has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Nutmeg can be irritating to the skin, so use it in low dilution.
The holidays are the perfect time of year for peppermint. Peppermint oil can be beneficial in a tummy rub. It is anti-spasmodic effects provide soothing for upset stomach and cramping. Add it to a carrier oil and rub it on your tummy. Peppermint oil is great for local pain relief. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and is generally helpful for circulation. While peppermint essential oil can be used for alertness, it is worth noting that this oil is stimulating to some people and relaxing for others.
Make the most out of these holiday essential oils with these Christmas diffuser blends.
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