From aromatherapy to topical health aids, essential oils can be used in various ways to boost our moods and health. Check out how these delightful Fall scents can be put to good use.
One of my favorite things to do to help me relax, or clear my mind is to diffuse essential oils. With the nights getting colder and the dark coming sooner, essential oils are a nice way to unwind after a stressful day. If my body is aching, and I’m feeling the cold in my bones; my go-to solution is a fuzzy blanket, hot tea and a running diffuser. I can curl up under a blanket, warm my hands with a hot mug and let whichever scents I choose wash over me and help me clear my mind to prepare myself for a relaxing night.
Aromatherapy is what first comes to mind for me, but there are many ways in which essential oils can benefit a person. Essential oil diffusers like this one are one of the most common ways to reap the benefits of essential oils. With a diffuser, you can get creative with the blends that you make, or there are a bunch of amazing premade blends available to buy in stores and online.
As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, there are a few scents that really embody the season for a lot of people. Cinnamon, vanilla, pine, sandalwood and cedarwood are scents that bring to mind changing leaves, crackling fires, cool nights and hot beverages. Not only do these scents evoke good feelings--but they each have an array of health benefits as well!
My personal favorite brand for essential oils is Woolzie’s. You can shop their products online, or I have even found individual oils and packages at TJ Maxx for discounted prices! To experiment for this article, I bought some new oils to get creative with for the changing of the season. There’s been a lot of stress this year, for everyone, and I think a lot of us have learned that a little bit of self care can go a long way. We are all out here trying to do things to make our everyday lives just a little bit better, or a little bit more anxiety-reducing. On a particularly tough morning, I sat down to put together a concoction of essential oils all my own. To my diffuser I added two drops of cinnamon, two drops of vanilla, and one drop of sandalwood. I’m soaking in the scent as I write this, and honestly it’s reminding me to breathe and relax my shoulders. It smells as if you were toasting sugar cookies over a fire.
According to Woolzie’s website; cinnamon essential oil “can reduce irritability, boost immunity, and increase circulation.” Woolzie’s website contains wonderful descriptions for each essential oil it sells, so it provides the ways in which they can be beneficial to your health. I also read that vanilla essential oil, which is created using sunflower oil and vanilla beans, is an ultra calming oil and can be used to reduce inflammation. Similarly, sandalwood oil promotes calm and can be used to increase a peaceful mood. You can see why I would put these three together! And the results? Amazing. If you are struggling with mood, aches and pains and just need to relax a little bit, I suggest trying this blend out for yourself! Better yet--get creative with some fall inspired essential oils and make some of your own blends.
Pine and Cedarwood are two other essential oils that inspired me during this time of year. Both have woodsy, calming aromas with abundant health and overall wellness benefits. In the midst of a respiratory-virus pandemic, cedarwood is a great essential oil to have around. This oil can be diffused, inhaled, or applied topically. Not only does it support a healthy respiratory system, but it is said to be “a grounding, calming, and warming oil” which I think we could all use a bit of right now. Pine essential oil can even be used to clear sinuses! Another great addition in a season when colds and viruses are rampant.
A Monq article about the benefits of pure vanilla essential oil states: “ The Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York has used vanilla aromatherapy during patient MRI scans for nearly 30 years based on the premise that the scent calms feelings of anxiety and claustrophobia.” The uses for this oil are vast. Not only does it promote feelings of calm and relaxation, but according to this article it can improve quality of sleep, aid in respiratory health, battle bacteria, and it’s healthy for your skin and hair!
All of the essential oils in this article can also be used as topical health aids. That’s why you will find a lot of these oils in natural skin and healthcare products. Whenever you are applying essential oils to your skin or hair, always mix in a few drops with a carrier oil--such as coconut, or jojoba. A Verywell Health article by nutritionist Cathy Wong outlines the many health benefits of cinnamon essential oil, including pain relief. It is found to have properties that reduce inflammation, and are antimicrobial. For these reasons it strikes me as a beneficial candidate for topical use. Cedarwood essential oil also has a cool topical application, in that it can treat acne! According to a Healthline article about this essential oil, one can dilute cedarwood oil to be applied as a spot treatment for acne and blackheads.
These lovely autumn scents do more for you skin, health and overall well being than you may realize! So get creative with your diffuser blends, or look up ways to mix your favorite oils with a carrier oil to boost your skincare routine.
My Autumn diffuser recipes:
Toasted Cookies recipe
2 drops Cinnamon
2 drops Vanilla
1 drop Sandalwood
Fall Hike recipe
2 drops Pine
2 drops Cedarwood
1 drop Cinnamon
What’s your favorite Fall scent?