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The best essential oil scents for the holidays

One of the special little things to enjoy during the holiday season is the smell in the air. The scents of the holidays are spicy and woody, minty and sweet. If you just can’t get enough of these warm and inviting smells during the holiday, there’s good news: you can use essential oils to enjoy them non-stop.

If you’re new to the world of essential oils, though, it’s hard to know where to start. These are some of the top oils for the holidays, plus how you can best use them.


The smell of Christmas trees must be the ultimate holiday scent. If the smell of your tree isn’t strong enough (or your tree is an artificial one), you can create a room spray. Mix some pine essential oil with water in a spray bottle, and spritz it around the house for a boost of Christmas spirit.


Whether they’re for dessert or décor, candy canes say “Christmas” more than almost anything. To enjoy peppermint without the added sugar, simply rub a drop of the oil under your nose. It’s an instant energy booster, too, which we all need during the holiday season.

Frankincense and Myrrh

“Frankincense” and “myrrh” are words that pretty much only come up at Christmastime, and their woody scents are perfect during the holiday season – and they make a perfect complement to each other. The sweet hints of frankincense and the slightly medicinal smell of myrrh make them a great pair to blend together, and both are packed with benefits, including boosting skin health. Add a few drops of both oils to your regular night cream, or mix them together with a little jojoba oil and apply directly to your face. You’ll be able to enjoy the scents and get a nice glow.


You probably don’t think of cinnamon as an oil, but cinnamon essential oil has been used for centuries for many purposes, including promoting digestion, reducing stress, and boosting immunity. That makes it a potent oil to use during the holiday season. Combine cinnamon essential oil with a little lemon oil to make a holiday-inspired blend for your infuser.


Love the smell of freshly-baked gingerbread cookies? You can enjoy the aroma without the calories (or the mess) by using ginger essential oil. Mix it with a citrus oil (like lemon or orange) to make a blend for your diffuser, and set it up in your kitchen. Just don’t blame us when the kids show up expecting cookies!


The final essential oil that really is essential during the holidays? Clove, with its strong, spicy scent. Among the many benefits of clove oil are its pain-reducing properties. Create a holiday-scented muscle rub by adding a few drops of clove oil to an unscented lotion. You’ll be able to keep getting into the holiday spirit while also easing any joint or muscle pain.

Lastly, of course, essential oils are meant to be blended, and the best holiday-inspired scent might be one you create. Get creative by mixing up your favorite oils until you find the scent that really says “Christmastime” to you.

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