Why Christmas Smells SO Good!
Christmas means goodies. These goodies are different things to different people, but they will always be positive memories, even to the most Christmas-hardened of indifferent Scrooges among us. No-one articulated the evocative power of sense memory better than the French writer Marcel Proust, who famously described the ability of a tea-soaked madeleine cake to transport him back to tender moments of his childhood spent with a favorite aunt. Earlier drafts of this description actually empowered different snacks with this time-traversing olfactory magic – toast with honey, a hard biscotti biscuit – but we all understand what Proust was getting at: good smells take us to good places in our minds.
And let’s be honest: Christmas smells GREAT. It’s as if every delicious aroma combination has license to luxuriate in every corner of our lives for a few weeks in December, with a richness and intensity we’d find overwhelming at any other time of year. But at Christmas, we surrender to the season, and to a joyful wonderland of familiar, comforting aromas.
Using a Diffuser for a Festive Home
We crave these seasonal scents for the duration of the holiday, so an essential oil diffuser is a perfect way to keep our home smelling festive (and diffusers also make perfect gifts). 10 drops of essential oil is a reliable amount to begin with – remember that pets and guests may be more sensitive to aromas than you are, so resist the temptation to over-season the air with too much Christmas! You’ll be cooking delicious-smelling food on the big day, and everyone is more liberal with their perfumes and colognes at this time of year, so ‘less is more’ is a great rule of thumb when blending your Christmas essential oils recipes.
You can have lots of fun with the ‘whens’ and ‘wheres’ of your Christmas aromatherapy scents, too. Try fresher, crisper notes for earlier in the day – Bergamot essential oil is a citrusy seasonal winner – and spicier aromas such as Cinnamon, Pine and Ginger as the cold dark evenings draw in. An evergreen essential oil such as Scotch Pine or Balsam Fir in your diffuser can make bath time a foresty Christmas dream; a hint of Vanilla essential oil in your hallway diffuser recipe will have guests clamoring for the seasonal treats on your dinner table. Be merry, be jolly, be creative!
10 Holiday Season Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes
Ready to make this the best-smelling holiday ever? Then put these essential oil diffuser recipes on your seasonal to-do list, and let’s jingle all the way to Christmases past, present and future!
There are still a few work days left before the holidays, so you might still be needing a refreshing pick-me-up on dark mornings. Try this blend of Bergamot, Sandalwood and Nutmeg essential oils to keep those commuter spirits high.
Why limit the woody freshness of your Christmas tree to the living room? This blend of Balsam Fir, Scotch Pine and Juniper Berry essential oils is perfect for the bathroom and bedroom too.
You’ve braved the mall or the high street, and you’ve gotten everyone a gift, however naughty or nice they’ve been this year. You deserve a relaxing blend of Geranium, Frankincense and Grapefruit essential oils while you unwind with a Christmas tipple.
Having people round for a few drinks before the big day? Keep things Christmassy but energized with a blend of Sweet Orange, Ginger and Citronella essential oils.
You have the Phil Spector Christmas Album playing, a cup of mulled wine ready to go – and a few hours of gift wrapping to get through before dawn! Immerse yourself in the spirit of giving with this generous blend of Lavender, Clove and Peppermint essential oils.
Love the smell of mulled wine, but not loving the alcohol? Enjoy the aroma without the hangover with a heady blend of Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamom and Star Anise essential oils.
He’ll get to you eventually, but why wait? Move your chimney to the top of Santa’s delivery list with this deliciously irresistible blend of Bitter Almond, Vanilla, Ginger and Cinnamon essential oils.
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas – because you have this magical morning blend of Coffee, Cocoa, Cranberry Seed and Maple essential oils in your living room diffuser.
Whether you’re watching the ballet or cracking some actual nuts on Christmas afternoon, this intoxicating blend of Nutmeg, Vanilla, Copaiba and Mandarin essential oils will make this special day extra aromatic.
Overdosed a bit on those Christmas goodies? Cleanse the air until next year with a rejuvenating blend of Lemon, Spearmint and Ylang Ylang essential oils.
Learn More About Diffusers
Thinking of getting a diffuser for your home, or for a Christmas gift? You can find lots of information about the different types of diffusers you can buy here.