• NoBS Wellness™ Team

10 Essential Oil Blends to Get into the Holiday Spirit

I love the smell of the holidays! For many years I would use candles or those plug-in air fresheners to set the holiday mood. Then, a few years ago, I decided to switch over to essential oils and a diffuser. There was something about using pure essential oils from plants that made me feel as if I was making a healthier choice, especially over those plug-in air fresheners. To be fair, I honestly haven’t done enough research to know if diffusing essential oils is truly that much healthier than burning candles. (I still use candles occasionally because I love the mood a candle sets.) But I have never looked back after getting rid of the plug-in air fresheners.

The fun (and challenging) thing about diffusing essential oils is that you often have to use a few different oils to get the right scent. To make this less intimidating and get you confidently creating some blends, I’ve put together a top ten list of my favorite essential oil blends perfect for the holidays. Pro tip: I find that those blends with only 2-3 oils are my favorites. The recipes that call for more are fun to play around with, but aren’t better just because they have more oils.

A Few Things on Diffusing Essential Oils Safely

If you are new to diffusing essential oils, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Diffuse intermittently: 30-60 minutes on, 30-60 minutes off -- don’t diffuse all day long

  • If you have pets or babies, check to see which essential oils should not be used.

  • If you have allergies to the plant that the essential oil is derived from, don’t use that oil.

  • If you are pregnant, check to see which essential oils should be avoided

Tips for Buying Essential Oils

When I first got into essential oils, I went a little overboard and bought way too many. And once I actually started using them, I hated how over half of them smelled. Since I only use essential oils for aromatherapy, I try to stick to the rule of only buying oils that I know I love the scent of or that I have multiple diffuser recipes that call for the oil. All of this to say, start small with some scents you know you already love and build from there as you get confident using the scents you started with.

A few other handy tips for buying essential oils:

  • Choose oils that list both the Latin name and the common name on the bottle and website.

  • Check the ingredients to ensure that the only ingredient is the essential oil -- oftentimes it is listed as 100 percent pure essential oil.

  • Ensure the oil is packaged in a dark (brown or blue) glass bottle -- light & heat can damage essential oils while plastic does not mix well with the chemical compounds of the oil.

  • Find out how the essential oil was extracted (distillation or expression) and where it is from -- even if this means nothing to you, the company should have that easily available for you to find on their website.

  • Stay away from anything that says it is a fragrance oil.

Extra tips for those wanting to go above & beyond:

  • Search the company website for COA and GC-MS test results (or reach out to customer service to ask for them) -- even if you can’t read them, the company should have them available and be willing to share them.

  • Do a quick price check online for the essential oil price of multiple brands -- if the cost is way less or way more than most other essential oils, you are either buying a low quality product or paying a mark up for the brand.

A Quick Note on Diffusers

While I’m sure there are people who would argue with me, I think the best way to find a diffuser is to set a price range and read reviews online to find one that general rates well. (Just don’t spend hours doing this -- 30 minutes max!) I’ve paid over $100 for a diffuser that broke within three months and now use a diffuser that cost me $20, and I’ve had it for at least two years. As long as you get one that seems to have generally great reviews, you should be fine.

Pro tip: Make sure to clean your diffuser regularly. My routine is to rinse with water and wipe down the inside of the diffuser after each user. Whenever I’m changing up the recipe, I will also wipe down the inside of the diffuser with rubbing alcohol, rinse with water, and then dry. If I’m using the same recipe over and over again, then I try to wipe it down with rubbing alcohol at least once a week. (If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, you can use a white vinegar + water mixture.) You need to wipe it down with rubbing alcohol (or the vinegar + water mixture) as the oils start to build up and will shorten the lifespan of your diffuser.

Essential Oils Needed for These Recipes

If you’re new to essential oils & want to create some holiday blends to diffuse, I recommend starting with the four main essential oils I have listed below. With these oils, you can create a few delightful recipes that will get you into the holiday spirit without having to spend a lot.

Main essential oils to start with for holiday diffuser blends:

  • Orange

  • Cinnamon

  • Peppermint

  • Pine or Fir

If you have some experience with essential oils already or want to be able to try out a wider variety of aromatherapy recipes this holiday season, then I recommend getting the three additional essential oils listed below. While there are several more oils that you could get, these three will allow you to have plenty of blends to rotate through during the holidays and beyond.

Additional essential oils if you want to get fancy:

  • Clove

  • Ginger

  • Rosemary

Easy Essential Oil Recipes to Diffuse for the Holidays

These recipes are simple and perfect for bringing some holiday cheer to your home.

Pro tip: Even if you are diffusing in a large room, start with the recipe as listed. Since essential oils are concentrated, they are potent. I learned the hard way by giving myself headaches from being overzealous with how many drops of essential oils I used. Learn from my mistake, start with the recipes as listed and double the recipe once you’ve been using essential oils for awhile.

Holiday Cheer

  • 2 drops Pine or Fir

  • 2 drops Orange

  • 2 drops Cinnamon

Frosty Morning

  • 2 drops Orange

  • 2 drops Peppermint

Winter Wonderland

  • 3 drops Pine or Fir

  • 2 drops Peppermint

  • 1 drop Cinnamon

Candy Cane

  • 2 drops Peppermint

  • 1 drop Cinnamon

Fancy Essential Oil Recipes to Diffuse for the Holidays

Ginger and Clove are great essential oils for adding some warmth and complexity to holiday aromatherapy blends. Honestly, I start using them in diffuser recipes as soon as the weather gets chilly and keep using them through winter.

I included a couple recipes with Rosemary essential oil as it reminds me of a walk in the woods on a cold day. (Yes, I rolled my eyes at that description too, but I think you’ll know what I’m getting at when you smell it, especially in the recipes that call for it below.)

Pro tip: Rosemary essential oil is great to use in aromatherapy recipes year-round. I find that I only use Ginger and Clove during the fall and winter months whereas I also use Rosemary when I want to pretend my house is a spa or I want something uplifting & clean.

Cozy by the Fire

  • 3 drops Orange

  • 2 drops Clove

  • 1 drop Cinnamon

Give Thanks

  • 3 drops Orange

  • 2 drops Clove

  • 2 drops Rosemary

Ginger Snap

  • 2 drops Cinnamon

  • 2 drops Clove

  • 2 drops Ginger

Spiced Cider

  • 3 drops Orange

  • 2 drops Cinnamon

  • 2 drops Clove

  • 2 drops Ginger

Winter Spice

  • 3 drops Orange

  • 1 drop Cinnamon

  • 1 drop Ginger

  • 1 drop Pine or Fir

‘Tis the Season

  • 3 drops Pine or Fir

  • 2 drops Cinnamon

  • 2 drops Clove

  • 1 drop Orange

  • 1 drop Rosemary

Happy Holidays!

Want to learn more about Essential Oils?

Check out our episode with Hana Tisserand: Episode 31: Beginner's Guide to Using Essential Oils to Heal

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