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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. 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 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.
2. NUTMEG ESSENTIAL OIL
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.
3. CINNAMON BARK ESSENTIAL OIL
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.
4. GINGER 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.
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.
5. ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL
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 OIL
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.
For The Diffuser
Let’s start with some diffuser recipes. For each recipe, add the drops of oil and enjoy the aroma!
- 3 drops cinnamon
- 1 drop clove bud
- 2 drops nutmeg
- 6 drops rosemary
- 2 drops thyme
- 1 drop black pepper
- 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. 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.
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 Spray
- 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.
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
- 2 oz. dropper bottle
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
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.
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 (Here is a great Fall set of blended 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
- 8 oz. glass spray bottle
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
- diffuser necklace
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 Thoughts
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!