Aromatherapy of the Holidays

Aromatherapy of the Holidays

 

Traditionally the aromas of Yule time were natural products of the environment brought into the home. In North America and northern Europe the tradition of decorating a coniferous tree led to the scent of pine evoking memories of the season. Frankincense and myrrh from the Arabian Peninsula and northern Africa have been traded for more than 5000 years and are now associated with aromatherapy of Yule worldwide. The spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and rosemary are often used in holiday cooking and may be used in essential oil form to create holiday aromas. Many of the essential oils associated with the season have added benefits of having anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-septic properties. Even if you live in the city without access to a natural environment, creating the aroma of the holiday season is simple and takes little time with a few supplies.

Scented Yule log-

Prepare the log or logs in advance allowing enough time for the oil to be absorbed. Place 1 drop of any of the essential oils below onto the log(s). The aroma of the oil will scent your home when burned. It is recommended to burn one log at a time.

Sandalwood, cypress, cedarwood, frankincense, myrrh

Scented Yule House Spray-

Create a warm and inviting aromatic ambiance by combining the essential oils and water in a spray bottle:

Pine- 4 drops

Cinnamon- 1 drop

Mandarin- 2 drops

Optional- Add 1 drop of frankincense

Water- 1¼ cups

Christmas Tree Diffusion Blend compiled from Aura Cacia

This diffusion features a blend of essential oils that will yield a true representation of a Christmas tree harvested from nature with all of its complex woody, balsamic, earthy and evergreen aromas. This blend is energizing and purifying.

Ingredients-

10 drops Texas cedarwood essential oil
5 drops pine essential oil
4 drops cypress essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

Apply the oils directly to your diffuser’s fiber pad, into the ceramic lamp ring channel or into the terra cotta of a hanging ceramic diffuser. If using a candle aromatherapy lamp, first fill the bowl with about 3 tablespoons of water and add the oils on top before lighting the candle.

Sources:

https://www.auracacia.com/recipes/christmas-tree-diffusion-blend#

Worwood, V.A., The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Juniper Wyndfyre is a gifted healer, Reiki Master and intuitive reader living in New Mexico. She is a certified laughter yoga leader &teacher and offers laughter leader certification programs. All services are available long distance via phone or computer. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email juniper@juniperhealingarts.net or visit her website www.juniperhealingarts.net

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