Essential Oils for the Winter Holidays

As the days draw closer to Christmas, it's a perfect time to enjoy essential oils that will help get us into the spirit of the season and potentially help to ward off colds and flus without adding toxic artificial scents. 

Below is a list of essential oils well suited for incorporation into your favorite holiday diffuser blends.

The oils included in this list were selected for their warming, spicy, resinous or woody aroma. This is a highly subjective list. You may want to skim through the list of oils contained in doTerra Essential Oil Profiles area for oils that you personally like for the season.

By their nature, spicy essential oils like Cinnamon, Clove Bud and Ginger are strong and quite warming. A little goes a long way with these oils. Some oils irritate the mucous membranes when overused soit's best to blend stronger spice oils into more gentle oils like Sweet Orange Essential Oil . 

Essential oils commonly associated with Christmas include coniferous oils like Fir Needle and Scotch Pine, minty oils like Peppermint and Spearmint, resinous oils like Frankincense and Myrrh, spicy oils like Cinnamon and Nutmeg and woody oils like Cedarwood.

In addition to adding lovely natural fragrance to your home or office, many essential oils are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral, so using essential oils to fragrance your holidays and cold winter days instead of synthetic room fragrances can potentially help to ward off the spread of colds and flus. The below list, however, was selected based solely on their appropriateness for winter celebrations. For more information and to view a list of essential oils with anti-bacterial, ant-viral and expectorant/decongestant properties  

Do an internet search on Reducing the Risk of Contracting H1N1, Flus and Colds With Aromatherapy or check out  http://www.mydoterra.com/barbaragrumme/#/