Christmas and Essential Oils : An Amazing Combination

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Last Updated on November 19, 2020 by Lynn

This year has probably been one of the longest years in all of our lives, but Christmas will be here before you know it. It is a time to forget all the bad and think about all that’s good. Let’s distract our minds and focus on Christmas.  It’s about peace and love and our Savior who came for us.  Are you getting ready yet?  In preparing, I think about Christmas and essential oils. Do they have anything in common? Which ones would be perfect for Christmas? How can they be used for Christmas? How can essential oils enhance the season?

These are the things I want to bring to you in this post to help you get into the Christmas spirit. I’ll bring you some information and give you some ideas about how you can incorporate the benefits of essential oils into Christmas and give your Christmas a healthy boost.

Back In Time

Let’s go back a couple thousand years to that first Christmas, the birth of Jesus, our Savior. What an amazing time that was; angels appearing in the sky to the shepherds and, later, the wise men bringing gifts to the King.Three Wise Men Figurines What were those gifts? Those gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh; a precious metal, an incense, and an anointing oil, respectively.

Why those gifts?  First and foremost, these were very valuable things that were usual gifts used to honor a king during that time in history. Other than that custom, there are a couple of other reasons as to why these were brought to Jesus. It could be one or the other or both. The first is that some scholars believe these were chosen because of the spiritual symbolism that each gift had in regards to Jesus; gold representing His Kingship, frankincense representing His role as a priest, and myrrh representing His death and embalming, since myrrh was used in the embalming process.

The other reason is the medicinal version. Gold could be referring to a golden healing spice like turmeric; And frankincense and myrrh have both been used for healing throughout history.

Oils Perfect For Christmas

Without a doubt, frankincense and myrrh are the first two on my list of essential oils for Christmas for reasons mentioned above, but also for the properties they offer to keep us healthy during this time of year.

Frankincense & Myrrh Essential Oils – These oils are steam distilled from the resin of trees native to Africa or to the Middle East. Frankincense and myrrh are both good oils for immune support to help fight off those wintry germs. When these two are combined, they improve each other’s antimicrobial benefits.

They are also very popular for relieving stress and anxiety, especially frankincense. Who doesn’t need stress relievers during the holiday season?

Pine Essential Oil – This oil is a must to use during Christmas. It gives you the aroma of the Christmas tree, and for those who use artificial trees this is perfect; the pine scent without the mess of the real tree. It brings a refreshing, uplifting scent to your home. This oil gives your metabolism a boost to help you get through all the Christmas shopping and chores.

Pine essential oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and it is an antioxidant. It relieves pain and is great for skin care. Pine is also a great oil for keeping emotions balanced and helps you to relax.

Cinnamon Essential Oil– Cinnamon is another great scent for the Christmas season. It is a warm and spicy scent that warms your heart and brings back memories of holidays gone by. This time of year especially, cinnamon is used in things from baked goods to drinks. It’s such a great spice, but it’s great as an essential oil, too.
cinnamon stick bulk

Cinnamon essential oil is another one that stimulates immunity. But it also is a good oil for circulation because it is a warming oil. Cinnamon is known to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. This oil, too, is an anti-stress oil, which we can all use this time of year.

Peppermint Essential Oil – How can you talk about things pertaining to Christmas and not mention peppermint? We just can’t because there are candy canes and other candies, cookies, candles and more, all with peppermint. Peppermint is a big part of the holidays, so why not bring this holiday scent to your home with peppermint essential oil?

It not only smells yummy, but it has so many beneficial properties to keep you healthy through the season. Peppermint essential oil has antimicrobial and antiviral properties and is a strong antioxidant. It helps to relieve nausea and helps to relieve sore muscles. As with the other oils on my list, peppermint can also increase your energy level so you can finish all those Christmas chores.

Clove Essential Oil – This is one of the classic scents of Christmas. Whether it be the smell of clove on baking ham or pumpkin pie, clove in mulled wine, or the clove used in decorations, the smell of clove creates an atmosphere of warmth and love. That’s why clove essential oil is great to use during the holidays.

This essential oil not only brings a warmth, which helps circulation as cinnamon does, it is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, an anesthetic, an antioxidant, and it also is an energy booster. There are so many reasons to use it especially this time of year, because a lot of us need something to keep us going through the holidays with so much to do.

Sweet Orange – There is a tradition that has come down through the years of putting sweet oranges in Christmas stockings. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, people couldn’t afford much for presents so sweet oranges were put in stockings for a sweet surprise for loved ones. Who doesn’t love the sweet taste of orange? And what a great scent to add to the many scents of Christmas.

This citrus oil, when combined with the spicy oils of cinnamon and clove, make a nice sweet and spicy scent for the house. It is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and a natural pain reliever. Sweet orange is known for its mood lifting properties. It calms anxiety and is a natural antidepressant.

The best way to enjoy those Christmas scents is to use them in a diffuser. Here are some recipes that I have found for you to try. They include a few other essential oils, too.  You can adjust them to your preference by the number of drops of each oil you use.  Plant Therapy has some really great diffusers if you need one.  Take a look Here.

Christmas Diffuser Recipes

Christmas Blend

  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops myrrh (You can get this Here)
  • 3 drops sweet orange

Christmas Blend #2

  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 5 drops myrrh
  • 5 drops cedarwood
  • 5-10 drops sweet orange

Cookie Blend

  • 5 drops sweet orange
  • 2 drops cinnamon
  • 2 drops clove

Cookie Blend #2

  • 4 drops cinnamon
  • 3 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops lemon 

Christmas Tree BlendChristmas tree and presents

  • 4 drops pine
  • 4 drops Balsam fir
  • 3 drops cedarwood
  • 3 drops peppermint 

Candy Cane

  • 8 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops vanilla 

Cinnamon & Spice

  • 2 drops sweet orange
  • 1 drop cinnamon
  • 1 drop clove
    1 drop ginger

3 Wise Men Blend

  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 5 drops clove
  • 5 drops tangerine

Rejoice Blend

  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 2 drops sweet orange
  • 2 drops peppermint

Spiced Cider

  • 3 drops sweet orange
  • 2 drops cinnamon
  • 2 drops ginger 


  • 3 drops ginger
  • 2 drops cinnamon
  • 2 drops clove
  • 1 drop nutmeg 

Orange Pomander

  • 3 drops sweet orange
  • 2 drops clove
  • 2 drops rosemary

Here’s something different to do using pine essential oil:

Pine Cones

Put 2 drops of Pine oil on a cotton ball and place in a bag that seals. Add a bunch of pine cones and seal the bag. Leave it overnight. When the bag is opened the next day, the cones will have an authentic smell of pine.

My Final Thoughts

While you’re decorating and shopping, give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle and try one of these diffuser recipes.  They will help you relax and calm your anxiety. Christmas and essential oils are a great combination. You can celebrate and with the powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties of essential oils you can be protected against all those nasty bugs being passed around.

rustic merry christmas sign

This is a wonderful time of year! Stay healthy and strong! I would love to know how you use essential oils for Christmas. Please leave me a comment below. If you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer.

As always, thanks for reading!




12 thoughts on “Christmas and Essential Oils : An Amazing Combination

  1. I learned some new things here today and thank you. First and foremost I did not know what the wise men brought to Jesus so that is something new to me. That leads into the other things I did not know. Frankincense & Myrrh never heard of them and it’s nice to know that they have some properties that help our immune system and well let’s face it during the winter months we all could use a little boost. Especially like that Frankincense help with stress and anxiety and in my line of work I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the post love learning new things, especially things that are helpful. Thank you so much.

    1. I appreciate your comments, Jason. My goal is always to bring information in hopes that people will learn, most especially about essential oils. The use of frankincense and myrrh date back thousands of years. They were used as incense for ancient rituals. They were used more in their resin forms for things like embalming, insect repellent, make-up, and facial treatments. While using them for these things, the ancients discovered their medicinal value and used them for anything from salves for wounds to indigestion.

      It is so interesting to learn about these natural medicines. I hope you try some of the oils I mentioned. If you do, come back and tell me about it. Appreciate you stopping by.

  2. I Love that you provided oil blends for cookies in addition to the diffuser. I’m going to bake some tomorrow and let you know how delicious they are. And the oils you listed are great for preventing infections this time of year.

    1. I didn’t make it clear and I do need to clarify, and edit my post. All the recipes listed were meant to be used in a diffuser only, although they all may be safe oils for internal use. The names of the recipes are for the aroma the oils put out. For instance, the aroma of gingerbread or the aroma of cookies. I’m sorry that it was misleading. With that being said, did you use the oils in cookies? I’m wondering how they turned out if you did. I’m thinking they may not have had the taste you were expecting.

      You are right that all the oils I talked about are great to use during this season, as both antibacterial and antiviral. Thanks for reading!

  3. I just got started using essential oils and have been trying to mix a couple to get different scents.  But I haven’t really been able to find the ones I want.  I love your suggestions and will be trying them out for the holidays.  Plus, that is a great idea for the pine cones!  We have the most beautiful white tipped pine cones that I gathered from our yard a couple months ago, and now I know what to do with them–thanks!

    1. Janelle,

      It’s wonderful that you are using essential oils.  I’m glad my suggestions gave you some ideas for the holidays.  Check out my post on blending for more ideas.  There’s so many oils and unlimited combinations.  Also, here are some other recipes that are non-holiday you might like.  Let me know which ones you’ve used.  I am so excited that you’re going to use the pine cone idea.  I would love to know how they turned out.  I haven’t had the chance to try that yet. Thanks for reading!

  4. I have just finished commenting to a site which includes about oils that lowers testosterone and I thought this site is also talking about oils for food consumption so I thought Frankincense & Myrrh are edible oils.

    You have a great idea relating the scents to a Christmas as part of the season’s celebration. It’s good to celebrate the season with a historical tone.

    1. Essential oils are great for improving your health.  There is a lot of controversy about whether essential oils are safe for ingestion.  I can not recommend using them internally, but I have taken some myself in water and such. I believe frankincense and myrrh have been used internally in the distant past.  It is best to be cautious when taking them internally. 

      There really is a lot of history behind these two oils specifically and also to others, which brings more meaning to the celebration.  I appreciate you taking the time to read my post.  Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. wow thank you so much for these recipes. My wife loves using oils around our house every year, so it would be nice to have some Christmas ones we can make from scratch.

    I think my favorite would be cinnamon, pine, and gingerbread. 

    What are your favorite smells during the holidays? Also about how long does it take to make these, and how much would it cost?

    1. You’re quite welcome!!  Do you know what oils your wife uses?  Does she have a diffuser?  The cost would depend on if you have a diffuser and the oils already.  If you already have them, of course, it would be cheaper.   If you do need oils, I recommend Plant Therapy at THIS link.  They are a very reputable company and their oils are great and at a reasonable price.  Then it would depend on what size you want.  I would recommend going there and pricing what you need.  They also have a diffuser, but another place you can find good diffusers is at
      Diffuser World.

      Once you have the oils and diffuser you want it takes maybe a minute or two to add water and oils to the diffuser. Set the time and enjoy!  I really like cinnamon and peppermint this time of year.  Frankincense is good with some sweet orange and cedarwood.  I don’t think I have one favorite over another.  There are so many great ones to use for Christmas. Thanks, Michael, for checking out my website.  Glad you liked it.

  6. Great post Lynn,

    I wasn’t aware of how beneficial oils could be for us. I also learned something new about the gifts brought to Jesus. It makes me think of oil in a more spiritual way since I know that it was valued enough to be a gift for Him. Knowing the backstory definitely gives me a boost in wanting to implement oils during the Christmas season. I’m excited to to try one of your diffuser recipes.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Jasmine!  Yes, essential oils are a great natural medicine and have been used for a very long time, way before synthetic drugs.  They are amazing and are good for the mind, body, and soul.  The wise men’s gifts to Jesus foretold his death, as the gifts honored Jesus as King, God, and sacrifice.  I had not realized the meaning behind the gifts until I was researching for this article.

      This is the perfect time of year to be using frankincense and myrrh and enjoying everything they bring; the health benefits and the spiritual symbolism.  Merry Christmas to you and please let me know how you like the recipes.

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