Fall is officially upon us! The leaves are beginning to change from green to beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. The crisp, cool weather means that we are dusting off the boxes filled with sweaters, pants, and scarves. The sweet aroma of baked goods fill the air. But, for some this can also mean seasonal allergies, colds, and stuffy, closed up homes.
Combat the negative aspects of fall with Essential Oils. Some of our favorite fall time Essential Oils include:
Cedarwood: Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy, earth aroma. When the stress of the holidays is getting to you, Cedarwood can be used aromatically to calm and comfort. It is also great to use as an insect repellent, expectorant, and anti-fungal. Cedarwood can be applied topically (neat) to the chest and throat several times a day to help with a cough or dry throat.
Wild Orange: Wild Orange exudes all things uplifting and happy. It’s citrusy scent is a favorite in soaps, cosmetics, detergents, and perfumes. It’s anti-fungal and purifying properties support a healthy immune system and can help alleviate water retention. When combined with Clove or Cinnamon, Orange creates a wonderful cozy scent during the fall. When spring comes around, combine with lavender or geranium for a fresh, clean, invigorating scent.
Cinnamon Bark: Cinnamon Bark is a favorite fall scent. Whether you are adding a drop to a warm cup of hot chocolate or baking up some delicious holiday treats, cinnamon’s warm, spicy scent brings a feeling of coziness when the temperatures start to cool. Although it is most commonly used in the culinary world, it’s antibacterial, antiseptic, and astringent properties can be used to support a healthy metabolic and immune system. Cinnamon is a must have for the holidays when gathering with friends and overindulging on all of those sweet treats at parties.
Wintergreen: Wintergreen is most commonly found in gum, toothpastes, mouthwashes, candies, and muscle creams. This is not just because it has such a wonderful, sweet mint smell and taste, but because of its incredible anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, anti-septic, and stimulating properties.
Clove Bud: Clove Bud is the perfect aromatic mix of warm and spicy, yet sweet. Historically used for infections, tooth pain and digestion support, clove bud can also be used to enhance flavor while cooking and support cardiovascular health, when taken internally, because of its antioxidant properties. Add to toothpaste to clean teeth and gums or to water and gargle for a refreshing mouth rinse.
Fall Spice Diffuser Blend
Fill diffuser to line with water, add oils, diffuse and enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Blend all ingredients, add one tablespoon to a mug of frothed milk and stir. Can add a shot of espresso for a caffeine boost. Remainder can be stored in the refrigerator or shared with friends.
Scented Pine Cones
Add desired drops of essential oils to a 4oz glass spray bottle, fill remainder with water. Place 6-10 pinecones in decorative bowl and mist with essential oil mixture as needed.
Sweet Energizer Diffuser Blend
Fill diffuser to the line with water, add equal parts of oil, and feel the energy!
Pumpkin Spice Lotion
Mix butter, oils, and beeswax and put in double boiler (or a pot over a pot of water). Stir until all ingredients are melted and well combined. Add paprika to the melted mixture, allowing the paprika to seep and give color (approx. 10 minutes, does not have to be completely dissolved). Pour the melted mixture in a mixing bowl, leaving the undissolved paprika in the pot. Place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator. Once almost, but not completely solid, remove and add essential oils. Mix with hand mixer until desired consistency/texture. You can allow it to warm at room temperature for a bit if needed. Transfer into a jar with tight sealing lid and enjoy as needed!