Celebrating the holidays with festive and inspiring essential oil synergies

This year, all of humanity is living through unprecedented times. The festivities this holiday season are bound to be somewhat more low-key and feature greatly scaled-down versions of our traditional gatherings. So what can we do to make this year’s celebrations cozier and more joyful?

Essential Oils

Claudie Gagnon
Claudie Gagnon
@AVogel_ca


17 December 2020

How can we best appreciate the festive atmosphere associated with this high point in the year that also heralds a new year full of fresh starts?

A versatile must-have in every wellness kit, essential oils come to the rescue to imbue our homes with their delightful fragrances, evoking revelry, gratitude, merrymaking and glowing light in the depths of winter.

Sweet & Spicy Festive Synergy

Let's start with a diffusing synergy that delivers the comforting scents of gingerbread and fruitcake along with those of some savoury holiday foods. With balsam fir as its primary base, this diffusing blend will bring radiance and warmth to your home.

Place this blend with around 250 ml of water in the receptacle of the Aromaforce ultrasonic diffuser. Do not diffuse continuously. Refer to the instructions that came with the diffuser.

The balsam fir, a common sight in our northern regions, is also a worthy representative of the holiday season. A classic fixture in many people's living room, this evergreen is a holiday classic, highly appreciated for its majestic presence and joyful coniferous scent.

This essential oil, with its balsamic, fresh and slightly camphorated scent, goes particularly well with the sugar-scented essence of sweet orange—invigorating and calming at the same time—as well as a touch of cinnamon essential oil as the base note.

And thanks to its strong, spicy side, this blend warms the heart like a crackling fire and sets the atmosphere ablaze with its passionate fragrance.

Note: It's important to read essential oils' precautions and contraindications before use.

Boreal Forest Synergy

The following synergy evokes an evergreen forest combined with an invigorating touch of citrus zest.

Place this blend with around 250 ml of water in the receptacle of the Aromaforce ultrasonic diffuser. Do not diffuse continuously. Refer to the instructions that came with the diffuser.

This fragrant trio evoking the magical atmosphere of a snowy forest is enhanced by the zesty scent of lemon essential oil with its stimulating, invigorating, fresh and sunny scent. The heady, resinous scent of pine, combined with the enveloping sweetness of balsam fir, provides healing, harmonizing inner peace.

Joyous Fruity Room Spray

To make this bright and sunny aromatic spray, you'll need the following:

  • 50 ml amber glass spray bottle
  • Funnel, sterilized
  • Scale
  • Silicone spatula
  • Glass bowl

Recipe:

Weigh the ingredients carefully and mix the alcohol with the spring water. Add the essential oils and stir well with the spatula. Using the funnel, pour the blend into the bottle. Shake well before each use.

This synergy's scent lifts the mood in the home and creates a much appreciated festive atmosphere. The bergamot has a fine, lemony and flowery scent that's also slightly sweet. Its warm and enveloping notes evoke harmony and naturally soothe restless temperaments.

Lemon essential oil, whose citrus notes enrich the blend and give it depth, is combined with juniper in this blend. This essential oil features balsamic and woody notes and a slightly peppery base note—it's a really pleasant addition to the aromatic composition.

This synergy also clears the mind and whisks away your daily worries. Spray 3–4 times to subtly bathe your room in delicate aromas that delight the senses. Repeat a few times a day as needed.

Note: Avoid spraying this mixture in the presence of young children and pregnant women.

In closing, essential oils are precious, perfumed allies that help you create a welcoming atmosphere. They serve as a unique olfactory decor with the power to create a most inspiring atmosphere.

The festive season is a time to enjoy the refined and delicious aromas of aromatic compounds that instill joy, peace and harmony. Let yourself be immersed in rich and inspiring fragrances as you experience essential oils' beneficial effects on home and humour.

Happy holidays!

References:

Maillard, Aude; Aroma-Zone. Le grand guide de l'Aromathérapie et des soins de beauté naturels. Éd. J'ai lu, 2016.

Gérault, Guillaume; Sommerard, Jean-Charles; Béhar, Catherine; Mary, Ronald. Le guide de l'olfactothérapie. Éd. Albin Michel, 2011.

Sommerard, Jean-Charles; René, Jacynthe. Précis d'aromathérapie sensorielle. Éd. Maison Jacynthe, 2018.