Autumn is associated with certain seasonal scents. Baked apple pies, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and even the smokey scent of burning leaves are a few common ones.
Unless you’re a master baker or plan to have a huge bonfire in your yard with all the leaves you’ve collected, there are easier way to recreate the scent of autumn using essential oils. Blended with multiple oils in a diffuser, you get to enjoy the beautiful aromas waft through your home while also experiencing some of their therapeutic healing benefits.
Here are a few blend suggestions to try.
Spice essential oils come with a natural warming effect — perfect for welcoming colder weather. Some of the most common include black pepper, cardamon, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, oregano and star anise.
Citrus essential oils are known to go well with spice essential oils, so consider blending them with lemon, lime, sweet orange, mandarin, grapefruit, bergamot or tangerine. Just be sure to use caution and start with small amounts when working with spice essential oils (or any essential oils for that matter) as they tend to be stronger than others.
For a simple fall aroma with just the right amount of spiciness, try this warming diffuser blend:
- 2 drops ginger
- 3 drops cinnamon
- 5 drops sweet orange
The smell of earth and decay is in the air this time of year, so what better way to celebrate autumn than by recreating the scent of a forest in your own home? Common woodsy essential oils include cedarwood, cinnamon, cypress, juniper berry, pine and sandalwood while earthy ones include angelica, patchouli, valerian, and vetiver.
Woodsy essential oils are very versatile and blend well with earthy, floral, herbaceous, minty, spicy, oriental, and citrus essential oils.
Want to feel like you’re walking along a cliff or mountain top in the crisp fall air? Try this woodsy diffuser blend:
- 6 drops Douglas fir
- 1 drop sweet orange
- 1 drop vetiver
Autumn kicks off baking season in a lot of households, sending scents of pies, pastries and other seasonal foods wafting through the home. Choosing essential oils that are spicy, herbal, and citrusy that remind you of ingredients you might use in a favorite fall recipe are ideal to recreate that yummy aroma. Just keep in mind that this is not a recommendation to consume essential oils. They should be diffused only!
Although it may be a bit difficult to completely recreate exactly how a fresh apple or pumpkin pie baking in the oven might smell with just essential oils, there are lots of other yummy scents you can recreate — like chai tea or cider.
For a sweet and spicy candy-like aroma, try this delectable blend:
- 3 drops sandalwood
- 2 drops vanilla
- 1 drop cinnamon
- 1 drop clove
If you want to get the full therapeutic benefits from your essential oil blends in addition to their aromas, consider using a cold-air diffuser, which doesn’t heat the oil and alter the chemicals. And before you go ahead and do anything with essential oils, make sure you review the safety guidelines provided by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy to ensure that you handle them properly.