Five Holiday Scents to Diffuse

by Bold Apps December 15, 2015


The Holidays are a perfect time to diffuse essential oils to create a Holiday atmosphere, encourage socialization at Holiday parties, and to combat any lingering germs. Holiday essential oils to diffuse include peppermint essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, orange essential oil, nutmeg essential oil, and black spruce essential oil.


Diffusing Essential Oils During the Holidays

Before diffusing essential oils in any public or private space, make sure of the following points:

  • you understand how your aromatherapy diffuser works; consult the manufacturer's guidelines for specific use on a diffuser
  • you understand any cautions for diffusing your chosen essential oil/s
  • you are aware of people with any sensitivities in the area in which you intend to diffuse the essential oil, including pregnant women, babies and young children, seniors, or those with specific health conditions
  • if your aromatherapy diffuser has a timer, know how to set it, and when it will switch off.


Peppermint Essential Oil for Holiday Diffusing

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil is a familiar scent of the Holidays, conjuring up images of candy cane and chocolate peppermints. However, peppermint essential oil has a strong, minty aroma that contains a high percentage of menthol, and should be used with caution around young children and babies.

To lessen the dominant aroma of peppermint, and possible reactions, use in low dilution, and combine with another essential oil such as orange.


Sweet Orange Essential Oil for Holiday Diffusing

Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a versatile and likable aroma for Holiday diffusing. It can be combined with spice essential oils, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, any of the other citrus essential oils, and with peppermint.

Sweet orange essential oil has a light, orange aroma that is uplifting and unobtrusive. It is usually suitable for use with all age groups and most health conditions.


Cinnamon Essential Oil for Holiday Diffusing

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil has a warm, spicy aroma that is conducive to the Holiday season. It combines well with citrus essential oils, such as orange, and other spice essential oils, like nutmeg.

Cinnamon essential oil can also be used for stress, to combat colds, emotional exhaustion, and, some say, it possesses aphrodisiac properties. Therefore, this essential oil is a good one to add to your aromatherapy diffuser during the Holidays!

However, cinnamon essential oil should only be used in low quantities, as it is a powerful essential oil which may cause irritation to the mucous membranes.


Nutmeg Essential Oil for Holiday Diffusing

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) essential oil also has a warm, spicy aroma. As with many spice essential oils, nutmeg essential oil should be used with caution. In high amounts, it may cause nausea. It should also be avoided in pregnancy.

However, used safely and correctly, nutmeg essential oil would be a good addition to a diffusion blend of sweet orange and cinnamon essential oil. Nutmeg essential oil is good for confidence building and to dispel emotional fatigue.


Black Spruce Essential Oil for Holiday Diffusing

Black spruce (Picea mariana) essential oil might be an unlikely choice for Holiday diffusing, in comparison to pine and fir essential oils, but the balsamic, pine-like aroma of black spruce essential oil might add a little variety to a Holiday diffusion blend, but still be reminiscent of the season's scents.

Black spruce essential oil can be used for respiratory conditions – and is a popular choice with men, with regard to its aroma. Combine with spice or citrus essential oils for Holiday diffusing.


Essential Oils for Holiday Diffusing

Whichever essential oils you choose to diffuse this Holiday season, use safely and correctly to ensure everyone enjoys the aromas of the season without any side-effects.

For further advice, consult a certified aromatherapist.


Question: Which essential oil is your favorite scent of the season?



  • Falsetto, Sharon, 2014, Authentic Aromatherapy, US: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Author is a certified aromatherapist with a decade of experience and practice in aromatherapy.
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