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Essential Oils For Thanksgiving-Just In Time For You To Use

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Last Updated on December 9, 2020 by Lynn

Fall is my favorite time of year!  I love it when it cools off, the bugs start disappearing and the leaves start changing colors.  And you know that when fall gets here it’s time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving.  I’ve got the perfect thing to get you in the mood!  Let’s talk essential oils for Thanksgiving!

Yes, there are certain oils that can be associated with Thanksgiving.  Just think about all the smells around Thanksgiving;  Pumpkin pies, Cranberries, Turkey and all the fixin’s.  Essential oils can create the same kind of goodness you feel when you smell these things.  These oils can be used in several ways for Thanksgiving.  Let’s take a look at which oils are my favorites and talk a little about them.

Essential Oils To Use At Thanksgiving Time

1.  CLOVE ESSENTIAL OILclove and essential oil

The botanical name for clove bud is Syzygium aromaticum.  It comes from the same plant family as eucalyptus.  This plant is native to Southeast Asia, but is also found in Sri Lanka and Madagascar.  Clove bud is derived from the flower of this plant.  It has a spicy, warm scent much like the actual clove.

It is an antimicrobial and helps in killing bacteria and is used as a pain reliever to relieve toothaches and muscle plain.  CLOVE BUD OIL is good for digestion issues and is used  to relieve respiratory conditions.  This oil blends well with cinnamon, sweet orange, rosemary, nutmeg, and pink grapefruit.


The botanical name for nutmeg is Myristica fragrans, which is a type of evergreen tree.  This tree is native to Indonesia, but it is also cultivated in the Caribbean and India.  Nutmeg is derived from the seed of the fruit from the tree.  It has a spicy, warm scent like clove, that is sweet and woody at the same time.

Nutmeg is a very powerful antioxidant and helps with free radicals. It is also an anti-inflammatory that may reduce inflammation in the body.  Studies have found it has antibacterial against certain strains of bacteria.  This oil blends well with sweet orange, rosemary, cedarwood, clary sage, and marjoram.


The botanical name for cinnamon bark is Cinnamomum verum tree.  The tree is native to Sri Lanka and Madagascar.  Cinnamon bark is derived from the inner bark of the tree.  It has a warm, sweet, strong and spicy scent.

This oil has amazing health benefits.  It helps with blood sugar control in diabetics.  Cinnamon may help to improve brain health, and is an antioxidant that may help fight cancer.  The oil blends well with these oils:  clove, ginger, sweet orange, rosemary and nutmeg.  Please see my post HERE for more information on cinnamon essential oil.


The botanical name for ginger is Zingiber officinale.  This plant is native of Germany, Africa, and Asia.  The oil is extracted from the rhizome, which looks like a root, but it’s a stem that the roots branch off of.  It has a strong, warm, spicy scent with a touch of woody in it.  ginger root picture

Once again, another oil with awesome benefits.  It is a great anti-inflammatory that helps with swelling in the body, which may help with things like arthritis and symptoms of fibromyalgia.  It is a pain reliever for things like migraines, muscle aches, and arthritis.  One of the biggest benefits of ginger essential oil is that it gives relief from nausea and upset stomach.  This ginger essential oil blends well with clove bud, sweet orange, rosemary, cinnamon, and sandalwood.


The botanical name for rosemary is Rosmarinus officinalis and has needle-like leaves on an evergreen shrub.  This shrub is native to the Mediterranean area i.e. Tunisia, Spain, France, Greece.  The oil is derived from the aerial parts of the plant.  The scent is woody, herbaceous and powerful.

There are many great benefits to rosemary essential oil.  It, also, is an anti-inflammatory and also a pain reliever and antioxidant.  Because of these properties, it can help reduce pain and inflammation, strengthen the immune system and help with hair growth.  It also has detoxifying properties that can help with digestion, cramping and bloating, and constipation.  This rosemary oil blends well with clove bud, lemon, cinnamon, cedarwood, and grapefruit.

6.  CEDARWOOD ESSENTIAL OILcedar wood picture

To start with, there are several varieties of cedarwood. There is Virginia cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana), Atlas cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Texas cedarwood (Juniperus mexicana), and Himalayan cedarwood (Cedrus deodara).  Virginia and Texas come from the U.S., Atlas comes from Morocco and France, and Himalayan comes from India.  These are all evergreen conifer trees.  The oil is derived from the wood of the trees.  This oil (all varieties) have a sweet, woody, balsamic scent.

Cedarwood offers wonderful benefits because of its properties.  It is also an anti-inflammatory.  Used topically, it can help with inflammation, redness and itchiness.  Also, it can help with acne breakouts. This oil can also be used to reduce stress and anxiety.  It may have sedative qualities that may help with insomnia.  Cedarwood essential oil blends well with these oils:  rosemary, lavender, clary sage, bergamot, and sandalwood.

Let’s See Some Recipes

Now that we know what essential oils are great to use for Thanksgiving, how about some recipes to use them in?  There are several ways they can be used to bring you that feeling of warmth and comfort.

For The Diffuser

Let’s start with some diffuser recipes.  For each recipe, add the drops of oil and enjoy the aroma!

Pumpkin Pie

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

Turkey Stuffing

  • 6 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops thyme
  • 1 drop black pepper

Spiced Cider

  • 4 drops sweet orange
  • 1 drop cinnamon
  • 5 drops ginger

These are all wonderful blends for the diffuser, and will make your house smell so good. You can adjust the amount you use in the diffuser to suit your taste or in this case, smell.  If you would rather buy oil already blended, Plant Therapy has a great holiday blend HERE that you can use in your diffuser by adding 8-15 drops, depending on your preference.

Other Recipes

There are other ways to use the oils that will add to your Thanksgiving and Fall season.  Take a look at the following recipes to use essential oils for Fall season.  Here are other ways to bring that Fall aroma into your house.

Spiced Cider Room Sprayspiced hot apple cider

  • 8 drops sweet orange
  • 6 drops cinnamon bark
  • 6 drops ginger  (You can get it HERE)
  • 1 tablespoon grain alcohol
  • 2 oz. spray bottle

Combine all liquids into the spray bottle and then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.  Give it a shake to blend it all together. Spritz it into the air and enjoy!

Stay Healthy Protective Roll On Blend

Here’s something great that will help keep you healthy during all the changes in the weather during the Fall months.

  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops clove
  • 2 drops EUCALYPTUS
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • jojoba oil
  • 10 ml. roller bottle (Find them HERE)

Add all the ingredients to the bottle and top off the bottle with jojoba oil.  Use this by rolling it on the bottom of the feet or on the chest.

Fall Harvest Massage Oil

If you’ve been working hard this Fall getting that yard ready for winter, and you find your muscles achy and sore, here’s something that will help soothe those tired muscles.  This is great to use when you want to take a break from preparing for Thanksgiving.

  • 7 drops lavender
  • 5 drops ginger
  • 5 drops sweet orange
  • 5 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (You can find it HERE or HERE under carrier oils)

Add all the ingredients into the bottle and shake to blend.  Massage this mixture into those muscles for some sweet relief.

Pine cones With A Fall Scent

To add to your fall decoration, why not use pine cones, but go a step further and make them scented!  You’ll not only have that fall decoration, but the scent to go along with it.different pine cones

You’ll need the following items:

  • Pine cones (If you’re using some from your yard, they will need to be baked for an hour in the oven at 200 and cool completely.  You can skip this if you’re using store bought cones.)
  • A gallon ziplock bag
  • Your choice of any fall essential oils
  • Decorative bowl.

Put the pine cones in the bag and sprinkle 20-30 drops of oil over the cones.  Seal up the bag tight and shake it around.  Keep the cones in the bag for about a week, so they can soak up the aroma.  After a week, arrange them in your decorative bowl and you’re ready for company!

Autumn Cleaning Spray

Here is a spray that will clean up your bathroom, kitchen, anywhere that needs cleaning.  It has all the aroma of fall and is great to use at Thanksgiving time, getting your house ready for those guests.

  • 15 drops cinnamon bark
  • 15 drops orange
  • 5 drops clove
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup distilled water

Combine the ingredients into the bottle, put the spray top on, and shake it up to blend everything.  Before each use, shake it up, then spray and wipe clean.

Fall Spice Diffuser Necklace Blend

Sometimes you just want to take those fall aromas with you everywhere.   Well, guess what?  You can make this blend to put in your diffuser necklace and do just that! (Check out my post about oil diffuser jewelry HERE.)

  • 10 drops cardamom
  • 5 drops cinnamon bark
  • 4 drops clove
  • 4 drops ginger
  • small essential oil bottle w/dropper to hold your blend

Add all the oils to the bottle, put on dropper lid, and shake to blend.  To use the blend, add 1-2 drops (or more depending on your preference) onto the diffuser necklace and after the oil is absorbed you can wear the necklace.

My Final Words

All these recipes are so awesome to use for Thanksgiving and the fall season.  There are so many oils you can use this time of  year, but the ones I listed are my favorites. Using essential oils for Thanksgiving will not only help everything smell fantastic, but they will also help keep you healthy during this busy season of the year.

Thanksgiving is a special time of appreciating everything we have, from the smallest blessing to the biggest. As I reflect on essential oils and Thanksgiving, I am thankful that the Lord created such awesome plants which can help us live healthier lives!

How about you let me know what your favorite essential oil is for Thanksgiving?  And any favorite Fall oil recipes you want to share.  Leave me a comment or question below so I know what you think!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Many blessings to you!


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8 thoughts on “Essential Oils For Thanksgiving-Just In Time For You To Use

  1. Hello there! I’ve been reading quite a few articles on essential and carrier oils lately. I love them. I’ve read that using essentials in a diffuser or candle is bad for cats. Otherwise, I’d definitely get a diffuser for my humidifier. I’m not sure what you mean by diffuser necklace. I have bracelets that have the little dried lava stones. Same thing?

    1. Hi Cathy!
      That is true. It is recommended not to diffuse essential oils when you have inside cats. Here’s a post I wrote about pets and essential oils.
      As far as diffuser necklace, there are several types of necklaces you can use with essential oils. There are some like the bracelet you mentioned and a popular one is a pendent necklace that opens up and you put the oil on a felt pad. Here is a review I wrote on one. Also, you can read about the various kinds of diffuser jewelry that’s out there in my post, The Only Essential Oil Jewelry Resource You’ll Ever Need. These can tell you more about diffuser jewelry.
      Thank you so much for reading my post. Let me know what you think about the other posts.

  2. Hi,

    This is a very informative post, I really like the way you have enunciated the essential oils and the recipes. I never knew there were oils for thanksgiving as well. I love cloves so I will definitely give Clove Oil a try. A quick question on this – I have heard that Clove oil can cause skin irritation in some people ? Is this true? Can you throw some light on this, It would really help.

    1. Thanks for reading my post. In answer to your questions, I believe that essential oils can affect people differently. For instance, if you and I used clove oil on our skin, my skin might not get irritated, but yours might. It all depends on the sensitivity each person has to the oil. You can test it by using just a dab on the skin and see what it does. That is why most people recommend diluting the oil with a carrier oil when using it topically. Read my post HERE to find out how to dilute and use a carrier oil. I consider clove oil to be a “hot” oil, because it is a warm, spicy oil. Also, find out more about clove oil from my post, 5 Amazing Clove Essential Oil Benefits – It’s Not Just A Spice. These should help you understand more about clove oil. I’m glad my post was helpful to you. That is one of my goals, to help people learn about oils.

  3. Hi Lynn,

    This is a great article about essential oils! I have tried using them sometimes as a massage oil or in a diffuser, but haven’t really thought about it that much. After reading this article I realized that there are so many potential uses for the oils and so many possible blends for different purposes.

    Thanks for a great article! Now I know what to get for my wife for Christmas.


    1. I’m glad you liked the article. Yes, there are so many great benefits to using oil and can be blended in a lot of ways that may help improve health issues in people. And they do make great Christmas gifts!! I have a Christmas posts you should read. Christmas and Essential Oils : An Amazing Combination and these two have great gift ideas for women: 8 Superb Homemade Essential Oil Gifts For Mother’s Day and Last Minute Essential Oil Gift Ideas For Mom
      Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

  4. Awesome article Lynn!
    I just got myself a diffuser, but I had no clue you can mix essential oils and combine the benefits. My idea was to simply rotate the oil I use.
    Can’t wait to try your recipes – can’t wait to try the pumpkin pie recipe!

    1. Alex,
      That’s awesome you got yourself a diffuser! There are so many great combinations. I have a great post about blending oils you can read HERE. HERE’S another one that has more recipes. I would love to hear back from you if you try any of these and let me know what you think about the pumpkin pie recipe!
      Thanks for reading!

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