Once Thanksgiving is over, I am ready to put up the Christmas tree and decorations and fill my home with the sweet smells of the Christmas season. All month long I use essential oil recipes in my diffuser to evoke memories from childhood that create a joyous atmosphere in my home. From the uplifting smell of cinnamon sticks boiled on the stove as a child growing up to the ginger aroma associated with family making gingerbread cookies or decorating gingerbread houses, decorating sugar cookies, having a live Douglas Fir in the front room, or Christmas dinner, essential oils can evoke these same memories! 

Seasonal smells diffused through a diffuser provide a consistent aroma throughout the day which subtly impacts our emotions and mood. This makes for an easy and ideal way to create a festive and positive environment. As most of our time during the Christmas period is spent indoors, essential oils can enhance our mood while creating pleasant memories or reminding us of happy times past.

Depending on the atmosphere you are after or the smell associated memories you want to enjoy various scents are perfect for the Christmas season. Consider the following Christmas scents to help set the mood throughout the holiday season, and especially on Christmas Day.

Douglas Fir. Everyone associates the smell of Douglas Fir with Christmas trees, so this scent is a favorite. You can now bring this aroma into your home whether you have an artificial tree or no tree at all. The added benefit of this scent is that it is also known to help boost your metabolism, relax, and balance emotions. This is an ideal way to bring calmness to any Christmas occasion and help work off the delicious food consumed over the holidays.

Cinnamon. Cinnamon is one essential oil that can trigger a sense of warmth via its impact on our sensory memory. Whether its cinnamon cookies fresh from the oven or hot drinks, this spicy aroma will remind you of a warm home filled with merry gatherings. Cinnamon can also support your immune system which can end up working overtime during the cold season.

Cedarwood. With its woody scent, this rich aroma will make any home feel cozy and warm during the cold winter season. Cedarwood also helps the body to detoxify, stimulates metabolism and soothes coughs while you relax in its retreat-like scent from the comfort of your own home.

Peppermint. A significant scent for Christmas, peppermint is found in a variety of festive things that are immediately related to the holiday season. It reminds us of peppermint cookies and candy canes while also helping to increase our energy for various holiday season activities. This delightful flavor also promotes relaxation making it an ideal scent to have in the home.

Frankincense. Frankincense is a scent that has been associated with Christmas since the time of Jesus’ birth. Associated with places of worship this scent holds significant spiritual meaning as well as helping to relieve anxious feelings and boost the immune system.

Myrrh. This scent pairs together nicely with frankincense as well as holding the symbolic meaning of the birth of Jesus. After being a gift from the three wise men, it was customary to burn this scent in places of worship. Aside from its spiritual symbolism, this aroma is also an immune booster and reliever of anxious feelings.

Clove. This rich scent is subtly seen throughout many areas of the Christmas season. From pomanders to the Christmas ham or bottle of wine this classic scent gives depth to your holiday atmosphere. This spice’s scent also helps to relieve sinus problems and respiratory issues during seasonal threats.

Wild Orange. A tropical scent mixed in with the richness associated with cinnamon and clove, this aroma adds sweetness to any occasion. This is an ideal smell with Christmas occurring during the citrus season, and it also is known to detoxify the body and help decrease discomfort that exists in the body.

Ginger. The sweet smell of ginger will immediately remind you of gingerbread houses and their delicious flavor. This delightful scent will provide an enchanting aroma in any home and help you to move past your holiday slump. This energy-boosting scent will also help you to make any day memorable as well as promote clear decision making among the busy season.

Lavender. We all know that Christmas time is also a busy season. We work to get jobs tied up, so we can relax with family and friends without deadlines hanging over our heads. Even though lavender is more associated with the summer season, it is also an essential oil that is strongly associated with a relaxing and calming effect. This scent diffused at the end of a busy day or week will help you to de-stress and get ready for the holiday season.

Diffused on their own or using the recipes below, these essential oils will create a festive Christmas atmosphere in any home. While working to boost moods, decrease anxious feelings and support the immune system, essential oils remind us of wonderful holiday season memories and help to create new ones. 


Deck the Halls

  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Myrrh
  • 2 drops Wild Orange
  • 2 drops Cedarwood


Freshly Fallen Snow

  • 2 drops White Fir
  • 2 drops Cardamom
  • 1 drop Clove


Holly Jolly Christmas

  • 1 drop Lemongrass
  • 2 drops Wild Orange
  • 2 drops Juniper Berry
  • 3 drops Citrus Bliss


Spiced Cider

  • 3 drops Wild Orange
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Cardamom
  • 1 drop Clove


Merry & Bright

  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 1 drop Wild Orange
  • 1 drop Douglas Fir
  • 1 drop Citrus Bliss
  • 1 drop Cinnamon



  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Clove
  • 1 drops Cinnamon
  • 1 drops Cassia


Christmas Tree

  • 3 drops Douglas Fir
  • 2 drops Cypress
  • 1 drop Wild Orange
  • 1 drops Cassia


Candy Canes

  • 3 drops Wintergreen
  • 3 drops Wild orange

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