Essential Oils for the December Holiday Season

Essential Oils for the December Holiday Season

The annual, December holiday season goes by many names depending on what you celebrate and what you believe in — Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Mōdraniht, Soyal, Bodhi Day, Kwanzaa, to name a few. And other names are festivus for the rest of us, the crazy season, the season of giving, the season of heavenly scents, the season to be jolly, the season of food, the season of joy, the season of family.

The season is lots of fun no matter how you do or don’t celebrate. There are twinkle lights on people’s houses. There are still children innocently playing and laughing in the snow. There’s ice skating, skiing, caroling, gift giving, snowboarding, egg nog, family, concerts, gingerbread houses, fireplaces, snowmen, charities, sun worshipping, chocolate galore, secret santas, candles, cinnamon hot chocolate, candy canes, bells, wreaths, service. Aaaahhhh. It’s all fun.

So. Let’s talk about how to use essential oils during the winter holiday season. What essential oils you can use to keep yourself calm, happy, focused, and able to enjoy what is a truly magical and wonderful time of year.

Oils for the season

Here are some suggested oils for different feelings, needs, etc that you might have during the holiday season. The blends can be found at Rocky Mountain Oils.

The usual ones

  • Singles: Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Peppermint, Pine Needles, Black Pine
  • Blends: Joyful Moments

Remember to have fun

  • Singles: Orange, Bergamot, Tangerine, Wintergreen, Birch Bark, Lime, Black Pepper, Cucumber Seed
  • Blends: Orange Cream, Citrus Blend

Increase your energy

  • Singles: Peppermint, Lime, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Wintergreen, Birch Bark
  • Blends:  Citrus Blend, Focusing, Flu-Time,

Keep you calm and centered

  • Singles: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Blue Tansy, Lavender, Rose, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Patchouli
  • Blends:  Tranquility, Peace & Quiet

Keep your spending, and your mood, under control

  • Singles: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Rosewood, Frankincense, Cinnamon Bark, Spruce
  • Blends: Secret, Balance, Present Moments, Overcome

What to do

  • If you are planning topical use, make sure you can handle the oils on your skin by testing on a small area first.
  • If you are worried about spending too much money buying gifts, you can diffuse oils to help you stay in control in your home and/or your car as you prepare to go shopping. You can also apply to your forehead, back of neck, and your ears. I have used the Rocky Mountain Oil blend Secret to keep my spending under control. I used to put it on my checkbook. Now I scent my purse with it. I also scent my desk area for a few days before payday.
  • Try to donate to a charity. If I remember to do that, I do better at not going overboard in my own spending. It’s fun to give money to the Salvation Army guys who stand outside of stores ringing bells. Especially if you have small children and let them put the money into the pot.
  • To keep your home calm, especially if you have excited children, diffuse the calming oils of your choice. You can also make a mist spray and liberally spritz the room.
  • Remember that the holiday season should be fun. Use some of the citrus oils or the fun mints to brighten the day of everyone around you.
  • Frankincense and Myrrh, as well as some of the spice oils, work so well together to create a warm, festive, holiday spirit. One thing to do is gather some pine cones, dry them out for a few days and then liberally sprinkle them with any of the oils you want to use for scenting your room.
  • An added advantage of using Frankincense is the aroma will also help boost the immune system of all who breathe in the scent.
  • If you have pine cones that you have used in Christmas decorations for long enough they have lost their natural scent, you can refresh them by sprinkling several drops of Pine Needles oil or Black Pine oil on them. You can also make your own Cinnamon pine cones by sprinkling several drops of Cinnamon Bark oil instead.
  • Put a drop or two of Peppermint oil on the neck of decorative teddy bears. One year, I found some small, red and white striped teddy bears so I put 2 drops Peppermint oil on their necks, tied a candy cane to one paw and my daughter gave them away to some of her friends. We kept two and every year when I decorate for Christmas, I add a couple of drops of oil to refresh the scent.
  •  For more suggestions, look up other recipes for some of these oils in the tagged section under the title for the article.
  • Add 10 – 20 drops of the oils of your choice to the last load of your laundry. This will help you have the holiday scent you want around the house.

Recipes for fun things

Here are a few things you can do to create a holiday atmosphere in your home.

Holiday Mist Spray

  • 40 drops Clove Bud
  • 30 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 30 drops Ginger Root
  • 20 drops Orange
  • 4 ounces pure water

Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Liberally spritz room many times during the day. Can usually refill water 3-4 times before you need to refill the oils. (1)

Stress Relief Mist Spray

  • 70 drops Melissa
  • 20 drops Fennel Seed
  • 20 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 20 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 4 ounces pure water

Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Liberally spritz room many times during the day. Can usually refill water 3-4 times before you need to refill the oils. (1)

Spicy Scent Potpourri

  • 75 drops Caraway
  • 75 drops Clove Bud
  • 30 drops Cumin
  • 20 drops Patchouli

Gather dried leaves, flowers, and wood shavings. Crush plant materials to the desired size. Place 1/2 cup of plant material in a wide-mouthed glass jar, add the essential oils to formula, and stir the contents well. Close lid tightly and let sit for several days to allow the scent molecules to be absorbed by the plant material. (1)

Holiday Meditation Mix

  • 2 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Frankincense

Diffuse in the room you meditate in. (Just make sure it is a diffuser that can handle thicker oils.) You can also put them in a bowl of hot water and allow the aroma to flow around you. (1)

Other Suggestions

Here’s what our friends on facebook have said when asked what are their favorite oils to use during the holiday season:

  • NA: “Patchouli, Grapefruit and Lavender”
  • CR: “I like using Immune Strength and then diffusing Joyful Moments.”
  • SG: “I am using Sandalwood and Cardamom a lot now! I really like the scent of it. Very calming.”
  • JRW: “I love all the fall oils. Clove. Cinnamon. Etc For health… Lots of lemon and a few blends.”
  • JA: “Tranquility….LOTS of Tranquility!”
  • HO: “Immune Strength. It keeps me healthy and makes the house always smell like clovey cinnamony goodness.”
  • JS: “I love the spice oils. Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud and Orange is what I like to put together.”

And finally,

What do you like to do? What makes you feel more festive during the holiday season? More calm? In control? Healthy? Please share in the comment section below. And when you get done commenting, go do something fun. You deserve it. As for me, I’m going to drink me some cinnamon hot chocolate and go hang more twinkle lights.


  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  3. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller

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I was able to post this entry but not the 12 Days I am receiving via email.  The links on those entries are only to "follow" RMO.  Do digital copies exist?  I've been searching but haven't found them...perhaps they're under my nose??? :) 



Thanks so much.  




Bravo!  I love your holiday tips and The 12 Days series.  Congrats.  I'd love to be able to share these with my followers.  Is that possible?  



JCShannon moderator

 @dana_frost Hmm. You may have to copy and paste them into a digital document. Sorry about that!