I love the scent of evergreens… perhaps this is why I walk so often in the nearby forests. In winter, I like to bring those scents indoors to freshen up the indoor air — especially if it’s just too cold to throw open the windows.
So, each year I make a Solstice/Christmas essential oil blend for diffusing and reminding me — on those days I can’t get outside or bring the outside indoors— of the beautiful and healing fragrance of the boreal forest. I normally add a touch of spicy oils that I associate with our Solstice celebrations, such as orange and cinnamon.
This year, I changed up the scent just a little… adding in a touch of Frankincense essential oil (one of my favourites), a reminder of the coming sacred time that some of us celebrate as Christmas or Yule, and others as Winter Solstice (Grianstad an Gheimhridh, in Irish).
I share the formulation in the image above, and in the text below (easier to copy for your own files).
TIP: Feel free to change up this formulation. Experiment with different evergreens such as juniper, cedar, pine, or spruce … with different spices such nutmeg, spearmint, peppermint, vanilla . . . or with different resins such as myrrh, sandalwood, elemi or patchouli.
Depending on the size of the water reservoir in your essential oil diffuser, this should be enough for one (or two) sessions. Start with this small batch of nine drops and — if you like it — scale up in parts. For a single session in the diffuser, use 3-5 drops per 100ml of water. You could even add to distilled water for a room spray.
- 3 drops Fir Needle Essential Oil (Abies balsamea or Abies siberica)
- 2 drops Cypress Essential Oil (Cupressus sempervirens)
- 2 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis)
- 1 drop Cinnamon Leaf or Bark Essential Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
- 1 drop Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carteri)