Holiday Scenting

pinecone lantern lightsI love the smells this time of year. Fresh evergreen wreaths. Vanilla sugar cookies. Just peeled tangerines. Smells take one on a trip down a scented memory lane by evoking memories and the emotions attached to them. These feel-good memories are the key to keeping up holiday traditions, so this month offers a great opportunity to use aromatherapy.

Holidays and beloved scents go hand in hand. An aroma can inspire liveliness at a party for friends. A scent can also remind you of the comforts of home and family. To help add great-smelling ambience to your surroundings, here is a recipe that evokes the aromas of winter holidays. It would be fabulous diffused at a party.

Holiday Times
11 drops black spruce (Picea mariana)
24 drops cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
3 drops frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
2 drops patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
3 drops pine (Pinus sylvestris)
4 drops silver fir (Abies alba)

A fun use of essential oils was shown to me by Aromatherapist Jeanne Rose. Upon entering her house at Christmas, I remarked at how amazing her tree smelled. Her secret? She put a few drops of evergreen oils, such as fir and pine, into a spray bottle with water. Right before she answered the door she sprayed the tree so that an aroma of fresh tree wafted out.

More holiday scenting ideas are as close as your nose. Just let your favorite memories guide you. How will you use aromatherapy this season?