The smell of Christmas is something that stays with you for the rest of our lives, essential oils for Christmas is one way to achieve it
Christmas for me is always associated with aroma. When I look back childhood Christmases, it’s the smells I remember. In the days leading up to Christmas, it was the wonderful rich, spicey smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger wafting from the kitchen, promising delights to come. And then, of course, about a week before Christmas, the fresh crisp outdoor smell of the pine of the Christmas tree followed, on Christmas morning, by the tangy citrus aroma from the orange or tangerine hidden in the toe of my stocking.
Nowadays, with synthetic Christmas trees growing more popular and with real trees being sprayed with preservative to prevent the needles from falling off in our dry, centrally heated homes, the wonderful resinous pine aroma of the Christmas tree is becoming a fading memory. Christmases just aren’t quite the same. It is still possible, however, to re-capture this nostalgia with the use of Christmas tree essential oil blend.
Christmas essential oil blends include:
- Pine essential oil
- Cedarwood essential oil
- Mandarin essential oil
- Orange essential oil
- Tangerine essential oil
- Nutmeg essential oil
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Ginger essential oil
- Clove essential oil
- Bay essential oil
- Frankincense essential oil
- Myrrh essential oil
These Christmas essential oil blends are now widely available and can be used individually or in combination to enhance that seasonal feeling. Here are a few simple ideas and recipes to help your recreate that aromatic Christmas.
Christmas tree essential oil blend
To enhance the smell of your Christmas tree, simply spray your tree (real or synthetic) with a mixture of 300 ml water containing 6 drops of pine essential oil, or put a few drops of the oil on a piece of absorbent material and place it round the base of the tree (cotton wool is a nice touch as its resembles snow). An alternative idea is to put a few pine cones in a plastic bag containing cotton wool to which you have added 2-4 drops of pine essential oil. Seal the bag and leave overnight. In the morning, the pine cones will be infused with the smell of pine. Either arrange them around the base of the tree, or place them in a bowl near the main entrance to the house, so that visitors can benefit from the nostalgic aroma.
Season the whole house with essential oils for Christmas
One of the simplest ways to introduce Christmas smelling essential oils and their wonderful aromas into your home is to spot drops of your chosen oil or oils around the house on a piece of absorbent material placed near or on radiators. Alternatively, for the evening, you could add one drop of your chosen Christmas essential oil blends to the melted wax around a candle flame, close to the wick. Bay, mandarin and pine are good choices for use with candles.
Room sprays are another simple solution. Simply add 4 drops of pine, 2 drops of mandarin and 1 drop of cinnamon to 300 ml of water and spray throughout to give your home that warm seasonal welcome. Another blend that works well is 4 drops of mandarin, 1 drop of geranium and 1 drop of cinnamon in 600 ml of water.
Frankincense and myrrh, traditionally given by the Wise Men to the baby Jesus, are also available as essential oils for Christmas. Both have wonderfully rich aromas, for that added seasonal touch, and are best used in blends of essential oils.