Spice Up Your Life

With the month of November here, the holiday season will be in full-swing. The aromatics of the fall bring spicy cheeriness to warm-up your cool days and chilly nights. This month, we have compiled some of the best essential oils for this time of the year, along with some recipes to keep you in the festive mood.

Spicy essential oils invoke a feeling of warmth, while providing natural antimicrobial properties. Some oils, such as cinnamon, help to stimulate the immune system and can also cleanse the environment around you.

Ginger is typically referred to as a root, but is actually classified as a rhizome. Ginger imparts a fresh smell to any blend, and is good for reducing stress and anxiety. Ginger aids in minor respiratory conditions and can reduce certain infections in the body. When using cassia, remember to use less, as the oil can overpower a blend.

  • Cinnamon Leaf/Cinnamon Bark
  • Clove Bud
  • Nutmeg
  • Star Anise
  • Ginger
  • Cassia
  • Allspice

Resins provide an earthy aromatic with grounding and stabilizing qualities. Frankincense and myrrh have a long list of therapeutic properties from inflammation to promoting happiness and a feeling of well-being. Harmonize your blend by adding these two powerful oils.

  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh

What holiday season is complete without mints? Though many opt for peppermint, spearmint is also a good choice, and offers a pleasantly sweet aromatic. Mint helps to reduce minor aches, particularly head and stomach pain. They offer a stimulating and euphoric aroma while promoting positive changes in mood.

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint

We also recommend these essential oils which lend their great aromatic properties to your festive blend. Experiment with your favorite essential oils to find balance in the aromatics that you enjoy.

  • Vanilla
  • Juniper Berry
  • Cedarwood
  • Cypress

Pines therapeutically provide pain and inflammation relief. They are a good for respiratory care, and like citruses, can be used as part of your natural cleaning program.

  • Pine Needle
  • Fir Needle
  • Spruce

Be sure to dilute your blend appropriately and test for sensitivity prior to any application. It is not recommended that recipes involving multiple spicy essential oil be used topically. These recipes were designed to be used in a diffuser or a mist bottle. Mist bottles can be used to enhance holiday décor with scent, or as an environmental essence.

Citrus and Spice

12 drops sweet orange
6 drops clove bud
3 drops cinnamon leaf/bark
3 drops nutmeg
2 drops tangerine
2 drops lemon

Warm & Spicy Holiday Blend

8 drops nutmeg
8 drops ginger
6 drops sweet orange
4 drops cinnamon leaf/bark
4 drops clove bud
3 drops vanilla
2 drops lemon
1 drop cardamom

Fir of Festivity

12 drops fir needle
8 drops tangerine
4 drops spruce
4 drops star anise
2 drops juniper berry
2 drops frankincense
1 drop myrrh

Chocolate Peppermint

20 drops peppermint
6 drops cocoa absolute
4 drops tangerine

Holiday Cheer

6 drops mandarin
6 drops sweet orange
3 drops cinnamon leaf/bark
3 drops clove bud
2 drops tangerine
1 drop frankincense

Holiday Pine

6 drops pine needle
6 drops fir needle
6 drops sweet orange
2 drops cinnamon leaf/bark
2 drops frankincense