Guest Author - Fran Loudas
The familiar scents of seasonal oils also define many warm holiday moments.
Winter season essential oils include woody, evergreen, citrus, spice and resin oils. The aroma of your holiday greenery is captured in fir needle, juniper berry and cypress oils. The delectable smell of spice cake and gingerbread come to mind when savouring spice oils like clove, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Pungent, fresh citrus oils including sweet orange, tangerine, bergamot and lemon evoke memories of old fashioned citrus pomanders or that perfect orange, tucked in the toe of your Christmas stocking. Meditate on the heart-warming holiday message of peace and goodwill with the richly balsamic fragrance of frankincense and myrrh. What follows are directions, descriptions and suggested uses for two wintertime aromatherapy blends.
Use these blends to melt the frozen spirit of the most steadfast Scrooge or revive hibernating couch potatoes.
Sweet Evergreen Forest Blend
As the gray days grow shorter and the dark nights grow longer we long for the life and light of warm sunny days. In ancient times people brought cut fragrant branches of evergreens like mistletoe, holly, pine and fir inside to release their lively aromas. Though the outside world was cold and barren, the subtle sense of life and renewal waiting beneath the snow emerged from these boughs to cheer winter-weary hearts.
The following blend will produce a fresh, sweet, forest atmosphere when diffused in an aromatherapy lamp, electric diffuser or terra cotta tree ornament. The blend's balsamic, evergreen fragrance and sweet citrus-woody undertone is refreshing and uplifting.
* 30 drops of fir needle
* 37 drops of tangerine
* 10 drops of juniper berry
* 20 drops of cedarwood
* 3 drops of cypress
A Meditative Blend
Imagine it's midnight on Christmas eve; or that it's the eve of the winter solstice, halfway through the longest night of the year when the earth shifts and begins a slow, silent tilting back to the warmth and light of the sun. In the quiet darkness the faint sound of church bells may be heard through a frosted pane of glass. The solemnity and beauty of this moment is truly a time to think globally and meditate on peace and goodwill.
This rich, frankincense and myrrh based blend is well suited to the spiritual renewal and meditation that accompany winter. Its rich, sweet aroma is meditative and relaxing. Diffusion with a candle aromatherapy lamp is especially appropriate for this blend.
* 15 drops of lemon
* 15 drops of juniper berry
* 30 drops of frankincense
* 30 drops of myrrh
* 10 drops of cedarwood
Make these winter aromatherapy blends a traditional part of your seasonal celebrations. From year to year their characteristic aromas will permeate your memories of the joy and peace that this season brings.