Top 10 Best Smells of the Holidays (with an Essential Oils twist!)
Last week Huffington Post published a Top 10 list called the “Very Best Smells of the Holidays.” These Holiday smells really resonated with me but I thought surely my oily peeps would want to know how to mimic some of these fragrances with their essential oils collection. And thus, the following list was inspired! So check out my
Top 10 Best Smells of the Holidays (with an Essential Oils twist!)
1. Hot Chocolate
Number one on Huffington Post’s list was Hot Chocolate, always a cold weather favorite of mine, especially during the Holiday season! I used to think that there wasn’t much you could do to make Hot Chocolate taste any better… until I met the heavenly combo of Peppermint essential oil and Hot Chocolate! Just 1 drop = Heaven in a cup!
2. Freshly Baked Sugar Cookies
Adding essential oils to your favorite sugar cookie recipe can take your party from traditional to something your friends and family will be talking about for years to come! Check out a few of these awesome sugar cookie recipes with Young Living essential oils!
- Orange and Fennel powdered sugar cookies from FOOD.com
- Coconut Lime sugar cookies from Amy Loves It!
- Lemon sugar cookies from Zimple LIVING
No time (or just not in the mood) to bake? Try diffusing 5-6 drops of Stress Away essential oil blend! It’s a lovely blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea (which is very cinnamon-like), and Lavender. Perfect for making your home smell like you just baked something delicious without the hard work or mess!
3. A Fire
A fun and creative way to use essential oils is to add a few drops to your logs for your fireplace to amplify the energy of your fire and enhance the smell of evergreen in your home! You can add the drops to dry firewood days or weeks before you burn it. Also a great gift idea for family and friends who have a wood burning fireplace in their home!
Fireplace Oils – When adding essential oils to fireplace logs use 1 drop of essential oil per log and only one log per fire. After applying the essential oil to the log be sure to let it sit for enough time that the essential oil soaks through the log (at least 30 minutes). Some choices are Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cypress, and Cedarwood.
Who doesn’t love Peppermint? Candy canes are so symbolic of the Holiday season and Peppermint everything infiltrates our coffee shops and supermarket shelves. And I, for one, don’t mind at all! There are so many ways you can enjoy Peppermint essential oil this season in addition to the aforementioned Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
- Love baking? Try making some Peppermint Brownies! Just add 3 drops of Peppermint essential oil to your favorite brownie mix for a tasty Holiday treat!
- Want your house to smell like one of my favorite peppermint treats? Try the Peppermint Bark Diffuser Recipe = 2 drops of Peppermint + 2 drops of Stress Away essential oil blend!
- Looking for the perfect DIY gifts? Someone on your list is sure to love a Peppermint Pedicure in a Jar, or Candy Cane Bath Salts, or how about Raspberry Mint Lip Balm? Check out my DIY Holiday Gift Guide for these, and many more, recipes!
5. Mulled Cider
Ah cider! One of my favorite Holiday drinks! I love sitting back, relaxing in front of a toasty winter fire with a warm glass of spiced Apple Cider! I was super excited to find a recipe for Spiced Apple Cider using Young Living essential oils as the spices and tried it out at my DIY Holiday Gift Guide essential oils class I taught back in November! It was a huge it!
- Spiced Apple Cider = In a crockpot, combine 3 qts organic Apple Juice + 5 drops of Clove + 5 drops of Cinnamon Bark + 8 drops of Orange + 2 drops of Nutmeg. Allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes. Serve hot and garnish with orange slices, whole cloves, and/or cinnamon sticks. Have the recipe handy because your Holiday party guests are sure to thank you!
- Love the way cider smells but don’t want to make a whole batch? Check out this Apple Cider Diffuser Recipe = 3-4 drops Orange + 3 drops Cinnamon Bark + 3 drops Ginger
Young Living has several “woody” essential oils, including Pine, Idaho Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Cedarwood, and Evergreen Essence (which is a blend of Blue Spruce, Ponderosa Pine, Scotch Pine, Red Fir, Western Red Cedar, White Fir, Black Pine, Pinyon Pine, and Lodgepole Pine essential oils)! They also ran a special promotional oil back in August of 2014 if you were lucky enough to score some White Fir with your Essential Rewards order (but alas, this was before my time)! Any one of these by themselves would make a great oil to diffuse to get into the holiday spirit, especially if you are like me and LOVE the smell of fresh cut Christmas trees but the hippy inside you dies a little every time you think about cutting down a tree! Here’s a few diffuser recipes to get you started!
Want a simple Diffuser blend? Try adding 4 or 5 drops of Evergreen Essence to your diffuser to fill your home with the smell of freshly cut Christmas trees! Or try one of these recipes:
- Christmas Tree Farm Diffuser Recipe = 3 drops Idaho Blue Spruce + 4 drops Pine + 4 drops Cedarwood
- Woodland Stroll Diffuser Recipe = 3 drops Frankincense + 2 drops Idaho Balsam Fir + 1 drop Cedarwood (Can also sub your favorite “woodsy” oil, like Evergreen Essence, Pine, Idaho Blue Spruce or Northern Lights Black Spruce, for the Idaho Balsam Fir)
- Into the Woods Diffuser Recipe = 4 drops Cypress + 2 drops Idaho Balsam Fir + 2 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Can also sub your favorite “woodsy” oil, like Evergreen Essence, Pine, Idaho Blue Spruce or Northern Lights Black Spruce, for the Idaho Balsam Fir)
7. Potato Latkes
Potato Latkes are a flat potato pancake traditionally served during Hanukkah celebrations. It is not the potatoes but rather the oil that the latkes are cooked in that is important in this tradition, symbolizing the oil in the Hannukah story that miraculously kept the Menorah burning for 8 days after the rededication of the Temple in ancient Isreal when it should have only lasted for one. While I haven’t had the pleasure of actually partaking in Potato Latkes (although now I’m inspired to ask my little sister to make some for me sometime) I’m pretty sure this is a smell that is pretty unique to this particular dish. Try as I might I cannot find any recipes that suggest using essential oils in potato latkes or any friend potato recipe for that matter. And I’m pretty sure I can’t replicate this smell in a diffuser recipe either…
However, in keeping with the symbolism of the importance of the oil in Jewish tradition, lets look at other oils that hold similar significance. The little bit of research that I have done (although admittedly I am not Jewish and limited my research to what I could find on google), indicates that the oil that miraculously lit the Temple’s menorah was a sacred blend of olive oil. But oils have held a long tradition of being important to religious and spiritual practices and ceremonies. Young Living actually has a whole collection of oils that are frequently mentioned in both the Torah and the New Testament called the Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture Kit, many of which are not sold individually, and includes:
- Aloes/sandalwood (Santalum album)
- Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
- Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
- Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
- Frankincense (Olibanum — Boswellia carteri)
- Galbanum (Ferula gummosa)
- Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
- Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
- Onycha (pronounced oh-nigh-kah, a very thick oil, remove the plastic orifice and warm the bottle in your hand so that the oil will flow — Styrax benzoin)
- Rose of Sharon/cistus (Labdanum — Cistus ladanifer) and
- Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
Young Living is a Christian based company so there are tons and tons of references to these oils in sacred Christian texts. Essential oils don’t seem to be quite so popular in Jewish circles, or at least Jewish bloggers aren’t quite so vocal. But a little bit of digging (which I didn’t have time to do before writing this blog) would likely turn up references in Jewish scripture as well. In fact, many of the references I could find were Old Testament references. Living Anointed has a pretty comprehensive post on Bible and Ancient References to Essential Oils if anyone is curious. And here is a great training on the 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture Kit and how to use them by Gary Young.
What smells like the holidays more than a freshly baked pumpkin pie! I love cooking with Young Living essential oils because there are so many recipes that can be enhanced with just a drop of an essential oil. So you know I had to find the perfect pumpkin pie recipe to share with you! It’s listed below. But just in case your not into baking, or if you want to enjoy the wonderful goodness of freshly baked pumpkin pie without the calories, here are a few diffuser recipe blends to try out:
- Pumpkin Pie Diffuser Recipe #1 = 5 drops Cinnamon Bark + 1 drop Clove + 1 drop Nutmeg
- Pumpkin Pie Diffuser Recipe #2 = 4 drops Cardamom + 2 drops Orange + 1 drop Cinnamon Bark + 1 drop Clove
Pumpkin Pie with Young Living Essential Oils:
- 9″ prepared pie crust
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups canned pumpkin
- 2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
- 1 drop Nutmeg essential oil
- 1 drop Clove essential oil
- 1 drop Ginger essential oil
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 cup sour cream
- Combine sugar, salt, pumpkin and essential oils.
- Separate eggs, reserving whites. Beat yolks well.
- Stir egg yolks into pumpkin mixture.
- Add sour cream and mix.
- Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into pumpkin mixture.
- Pour into unbaked pie crust.
- Bake 10 minutes at 450° then lower temperature to 350°. Bake for 1 ½ hours longer. Cool before serving. Serve with whipped cream if desired.
Candles are overrated. Scented candles are made from paraffin wax and release toxic chemicals like benzene and toluene when burned (both of which are known carcinogens). In fact, these toxins are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes… Blech! Many candles may contain wicks that contain heavy metals, like lead. In the U.S. candle wicks are supposed to be made from cotton or paper, but some studies have shown that as much as 30% of candle wicks can contain heavy metals. In addition, scented candles contain synthetic fragrances and artificial colors that can release even more toxins into the air when burned. And that’s not even mentioning the soot! I don’t know about you but once I learned about the nasty chemicals in my beloved Yankee candles, I tossed them. Opting instead for my diffuser and essential oils and blends to cleanse and purify the air while filling my home with amazing, all natural frangrances! Here are a few Holiday diffuser blends to use in lieu of candles this year:
- Want a simple ready-made blend? Try diffusing 5-6 drops of Christmas Spirit or Abundance essential oil blends.
- Holiday Joy Diffuser Blend = 3 drops Frankincense + 3 drops Orange + 2 drops Peppermint
- Gifts of the Magi Diffuser Blend = 3 drops Orange (gold) + 5 drops Frankincense + 4 drops Myrrh
- Celia’s favorite Holiday Diffuser Blend = 3 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce + 3 drops Orange + 1 drop Cinnamon Bark! Yum!
Gingerbread has a special place in my heart. My grandmother and I used to make Gingerbread people every year for Christmas when I was a little girl, a tradition that I hope to continue with my daughter when she gets bigger. So naturally I adore the idea of a gingerbread diffuser recipe. Try it out and tell me what you think!
So there you have it! Some of the very best Holiday smells, with an essential oils twist! What are some of your favorite holiday smells? Do you use essential oils in your home, cooking or DIY Holiday crafts? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below!
Diffuser Recipes from or inspired by various sources
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