How to have a fragrant festive time this Christmas!
This month’s newsletter is all about capturing the fragrance of Christmas with just a few drops of essential oils – so simple!
DON’T YOU JUST LOVE ESSENTIAL OILS AT CHRISTMAS?
The clocks have gone back and the evenings are drawing in – sure signs that Winter and Christmas is on its way. The shops are jam packed with all those gorgeous smells of Christmas, but if money is an issue, and let’s face it, there aren’t many of us these days that don’t have to think about it, then why not make your own? It’s really easy!
To add that extra special touch to the Christmas scene, there are many ways you can use essential oils that nature has provided to create atmosphere, evoke emotion and awaken long forgotten memories.
Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree!
If the smell of Pine brings back memories of cutting your own tree, you can spray your tree with a mixture of 1 cup of water and 6 drops of Pine essential oil OR put a few drops of Pine oil on some absorbent material tucked around the base of the tree. (I can smell it now!)
A Touch of Spice!
I personally love the spicy, oriental oils. Did you know Cinnamon comes from the dried bark of trees in the laurel family? If you add a few drops of cinnamon oil to boiling water and inhale the steam, this is really good for colds. Cinnamon tea is also helpful in relieving nausea and indigestion (especially if you have over-indulged!) Another great way of using warming essential oils is by making a blend to use either in a spray bottle to use as a festive room freshener or in an aromatherapy burner.
Some quick tips
- Blend 10 drops of ginger essential oil, 8 drops of basil, 14 drops of lime, 2 drops of may chang – blend these oils into 2 tablespoons of vodka and then make up to 100ml with water. Pour into a spray bottle and use as a festive room freshener.
- Blend 4 drops of cinnamon essential oil, 5 drops of clove bud, 3 drops of orange, 1 drop of lemongrass.
- 2 drops clove bud essential oil, 4 drops frankincense essential oil, 4 drops sweet orange essential oil
Make: Add the oils to a tablespoon of water and put in the top of a vapouriser. Light a night light underneath and allow the oils to evaporate into the room. Remember to extinguish the candle once the liquid has evaporated.
I also love scenting the wrapping papers at Christmas!
Try placing your wrapping paper in a sealed bag with a cotton wool ball to which you have added your chosen essential oil. E.g. cedarwood or frankincense for men, geranium or lavender for women and mandarin or lemon for children. Leave for at least 24 hours and then wrap your gifts. Of course if you know an individuals’ preference for aromatherapy smells, then surprise them by placing their favourite scent on their gifts!
Don’t let the artificial tree miss out.
This blend will give you the aroma of a real tree without the problem of falling needles.
- Combine 5 drops of spruce essential oil, 3 drops of fir, 3 drops of pine and 2 drops of cedarwood essential oils.
- Combine in a cup of water to spray or, as before, drop it on to absorbent cloth draped around the base of the tree.
A word of caution…
Never apply essential oils directly to the skin and keep away from naked flames.These are just a few ideas to make your home smell gorgeous at Christmas. If you have any tips I’d love you to share them on my Facebook page – come on over!
Seasons Greetings from Mellow Skincare!
The Mellow Skincare Christmas Shop is now open! If you are looking for perfect little stocking fillers, something for teacher or an affordable Secret Santa item – there are some lovely gift ideas…
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Until next time,