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My essential oils for Christmas

It’s Christmas!

Have you thought of making your home a fragrant home and  to create the right ambiance for getting the family back together?

Here is a selection of Essential Oils that can be used in diffusion during the Christmas period, while at the same time, enjoying their therapeutic qualities.


firBalsam fir (Abies balsamea), will bring resinous and balsamic touches

Usage: in diffusion on its own or mixed with other EOs

Effect: will make you feel like walking in a forest of conifers

Its benefits: good respiratory antiseptic (in cases of rhinitis, bronchitis, sinusitis), it helps breathing more easily and soothes a cough.

For whom?

  • Not advised for pregnant women or breastfeeding women
  • Not advised for children under the age of 3
  • Irritating if applied pure to the skin
  • Care needs to be taken with people suffering from asthma

cinnamonCinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), a little sweet and cuddly touch to add to your Christmas mix

Usage: diffusion in very small quantity and always mixed with other EOs

  • Very irritating EO (dosage 1 drop for 14 drops of any other EO)

Effect: warm, sweet smell added to the mix

Its benefits: anti-infectious

For whom?

  • Not advised for pregnant women or breastfeeding women
  • Not advised for children under the age of 6
  • Very irritating if applied pure to the skin

clove essential oilCloves (Eugenia caryophyllus), the spice of Christmas

Usage: diffusion in very small quantities and always mixed with other EOs

  • Irritation EO (dosage 2 drops for 15 drops of other EOs).

Effect: brings a touch of spice to your diffusions

Its benefits: anti-microbe and a general stimulant

For whom?

  • Not advised for pregnant women or breastfeeding women
  • Not advised for children under the age of 6
  • Very irritating if applied pure to the skin
  • Great care should be taken with hypertension

spruce

Black spruce (Picea mariana), the stimulating one

Usage: It is a gentler EO than pine

Effect: You will have the feeling of being in a pine forest

Its benefits: has the ability of giving you a boost when feeling tired or when you need to concentrate.

 

For whom?

  • Not advised in the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Not advised for children under the age of 6
  • Irritating if applied pure to the skin
  • Great care should be taken with people suffering from asthma

orange

The fine scent of sweet orange (citrus sinensis), a zest of tenderness

The orange is by excellence the fruit of Christmas. A long time ago, an orange was the only gift a child would get as a Christmas present.

Usage: diffusion on its own or mixed with other EOs

Effect: brings a pleasant sweet touch that is very pleasing

Its benefits: atmospheric antiseptic, soothing, calms jangling nerves and stress

For whom?

  • Not advised in the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Not advised for children under the age of 3 months
  • Irritating if applied pure to the skin and photo-sensitive if applied to the skin
  • Care should be taken with people suffering from asthma

 

Variant: Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

It resembles orange as far as the scent is concerned. It will be up to you which one you prefer.


scot pineSylvester pine (pinus sylvestris), a fresh pine forest

Usage: diffusion or a few drops of EO on cotton balls hidden inside your pine tree

Effect: exhilarating scent of a Christmas tree freshly felled

Its benefits: physical tonic, strengthens positive thoughts, antiseptic and decongestant of the respiratory tract

For whom?

  • Not advised for pregnant women or breastfeeding women
  • Not advised for children under the age of 12
  • Irritating if applied pure to the skin
  • Great care should be taken with people suffering from asthma, hypertension and epilepsy

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For Christmas, the best synergies in diffusion

 

Some ideas of EO synergies for Christmas, to be used in several ways:

  • Using them directly in your EO diffuser
  • Making an ambiance spray (by adding alcohol)
  • Adding perfume to a pot pourri, a table decoration or a Christmas tree

Synergy “citrus sweetness”

  • 30 drops sweet orange (citrus sinensis)
  • 20 drops mandarin (citrus reticulata)
  • 1 to 2 drops cinnamon

Synergy « by the fireside »

  • 30 drops sweet orange (citrus sinensis)
  • 10 drops scotch pine (pinus sylvestris)
  • 2 drops cinnamon bark (cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Synergy “Christmas spirit” 

  • 15 drops cinnamon bark (cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • 10 drops clove bud (eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 10 drops orange essence (citrus sinensis)

Synergy “Christmas tree”

  • 20 drops white pine (abies alba)
  • 10 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • 5 drops sandalwood (santalum album)

Synergy “Christmas spices”

  • 15 drops cinnamon bark (cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • 10 drops cardamom (eletteria cardamomum)
  • 5 drops sweet orange (citrus sinensis)
  • 5 drops clove bud (eugenia caryophyllata)

“Pine” scent

  • 15 drops balsam fir (abies balsamea)
  • 15 drops black spruce (picea mariana)

 


A home perfume for Christmas

 

If you don’t have a diffuser, you can pour 4 or 5 drops of pine or spruce essential oil on pine cones and scatter them across the house.

You can also create your own ‘home-made’ perfume using essential oils that reminiscent of the scent of pine. By diluting the previous synergies in cheap odourless vodka  (or 70° alcohol) – about 50ml:

Leave to rest for 24 hours in the fridge and spray around the home.

This home perfume can be sprayed on the Christmas tree or on other objects (non-electrical or not lit), or spraying it in the toilet, in the hallway, on carpets (not fragile ones).

Avoid spraying on leather, fragile textiles that could be stained.

 

 


IMPORTANT: Diffusion advice

precautions

 

  • Essential Oils are not suited to everybody
  • Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under the age of 7.
  • You should never diffuse in the presence of children or pets.
  • Avoid contact with eyes and skin
  • Not recommended for epileptics and asthmatics
  • Do not heat them or bring them close to a heat source.
  • Look after the diffusion carefully: don’t leave the diffuser running continually. Ideally, try to program it if possible: set to diffuse for 30 minutes and then repeat this several times through the day.

The benefits of Christmas Essential Oils in diffusion

  • Cinnamon*: antiviral, antibacterial
  • Lemon: antiseptic, antibacterial
  • Cloves*: anti-fatigue, antiviral
  • Mandarin: soothing, destressing
  • Orange: antiseptic, soothing
  • Balsam fir: stimulant, energizing
  • Sylvester pine: anti depression, opens up the respiratory tract

*to be used with care

Immune support

Essential oils such as cinnamon bark and cloves allow to stimulate the immune system in a natural way.

Respiratory function

Essential oils such as Sylvester pine and balsam fir will facilitate opening the respiratory tract, relieve sinuses and allowing a healthy breathing function.

Relaxation and reduction of stress

Essential oils such as white pine, orange, cypress and sandalwood are particularly suited for relaxation, calming the nervous system and reduce stress overall.

Air cleansing

Essential oils such as orange, cinnamon bark or cloves help cleansing the air.

 

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