Cozy season has officially arrived, and we are ready for snuggles under soft blankets, hot tea or cider, cozy books, the changing leaves, pumpkin patch adventures, yummy food, and all the autumn aromas. So, get ready to make your space cozy, make an autumn bucket list, and try some recipes using essential oils. In this article I am telling you all the ways you can make your autumn non-toxic.
Autumn Inspiring Essential Oils
First let’s talk about the aromas that are quintessential in evoking autumn aromas and flavors. Each of these essential oils can be used in many ways, they are not just for making your house smell good or for adding flavor to your fall inspired treats. I'm going to share some practical ways to use those essential oils, some of my favorite recipes, and why you would want to consider using them around this time of year.
This is great for supporting a healthy immune system, it's also one of the strongest antioxidants on the planet. When taken internally this oil supports a healthy cardiovascular system. Clove Oil has a very spicy, warm, and woody scent. It can be used to clean the teeth and gums. This oil works well with Cinnamon Bark, Frankincense, Wild Orange, Lemon, and Ginger. Add a drop of Clove Oil to any dish or dessert to add a spicy flavor. If you want to really elevate your sugar cookie recipe, just add a drop of clove oil to it.
Ginger Oil is the oil of empowerment. This is a popular oil for the fall and winter season, especially if you bake a lot. Ginger Oil is great for digestion and when used internally it can work as a digestive aid or help ease occasional nausea. One way to make sure that essential oils are safe to ingest is to check the back for supplemental facts (this is only for doTERRA Essential Oils).
Ginger Oil has a hot, fragrant flavor and a hot and spicy aroma. During the winter season many people make gingerbread and ginger snaps. One of my favorite ways to use Ginger Oil is to add a drop to a cup of hot water and then add a couple of orange slices. For more tea recipes read, Tea Time With doTERRA Essential Oils.
Wild Orange Oil is a great year-round oil, but I love the way that the fresh bright citrus smells when mixed with the aroma of the warming spices. This is the oil of abundance, so you can’t go wrong with wild orange. Similar to Cassia Oil, Wild Orange, also helps to cleanse the air.
Cardamom Oil is similar to some of the oils listed above since it is also great for digestion when used internally. This oil is also great for promoting clear breathing and respiratory health. It also is used to give food a more flavorful spice taste. The aroma of this oil is spicy, fruity, warm, and balsamic; its aroma is perfect for autumn and is great for diffusing during the fall season.
Next up we have Rosemary Oil, Rosemary is supportive to mental clarity as well as helping to clear out environmental threats. This is a great one to put in your diffuser; sometimes I will add this to a diffuser blend with peppermint. There's something about Rosemary that just makes me think of the holiday season. We keep fresh Rosemary in our house around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, and I just love that the aroma reminds me of the coziness of those holidays. The aroma of this oil can be described as camphoraceous and herbaceous. When taken internally Rosemary can reduce occasional fatigue. You can also diffuse Rosemary when you really need to focus or study.
I diffuse OnGuard almost every single day during the colder seasons to keep our family healthy. I also make my own all-purpose cleaner with OnGuard; you can check out my previous blog for making your own DIY green cleaners or you can purchase OnGuard concentrated cleaner and make a ton of your own natural green cleaners for pennies per bottle. The aroma of this oil is warm, spicy, camphoraceous, and woody, which is uplifting and energizing. This is a very powerful surface cleaner and can help to support the body’s natural antioxidant defenses.
Harvest Spice Oil
The final oil I'm going to share with you is Harvest Spice. This oil is only available for a limited time each year. This oil is the gathering blend; it smells exactly the way you’re imagining. This oil is a proprietary blend of Cassia, Clove, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Nutmeg, and Cinnamon. This is another oil that could be turned into a room spray if you would rather use this than the other blend listed above. The same goes for the sugar scrub recipe, just swap out the other essential oils and add this one. This is one of my favorite limited-edition oils of all time.
Madagascar Vanilla is a great oil to have in your arsenal for fall. It’s hard to think about fall desserts without thinking about vanilla. This oil provides a rich warm, sweet, and inviting aroma, it creates a comforting and relaxing atmosphere, and makes a delightful addition to beverages.
Vanilla can be used three ways aromatically, topically, and internally. It is great to add to hot drinks, such as coffee or hot chocolate. You can apply this to your skin, make a sugar scrub with it, add it to your lotion or body wash.
If you are up for a bit of experimenting, you can pair Vanilla and a floral scent. If you use a floral oil and put it on first and then add a bit of Vanilla on top it has an intoxicating aroma. If you, do it the other way and put the Vanilla on first and then the floral oil on top of that it really makes the floral scent stand out and makes it smell sweeter. Of course, you can always play around and experiment with different oils in your diffuser too.
A combo that I think would smell particularly amazing is OnGuard and Vanilla, especially in the fall or the winter. I think the combo of spices and cinnamon in OnGuard combined with the sweet smell of Vanilla would make your home smell warm and inviting.
3 of My Favorite DIYs to Make for Autumn
These three recipes make great holiday gifts too, just add a pretty ribbon to the container and maybe a note. You could whip up a batch of these for your kids’ teachers or as gifts for friends. You could even host a party and make these together and everyone gets to take one home.
Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- ½ Cup of Fractionated Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
- Ginger – 2 drops
- Cinnamon – 2 drops
- Clove – 2 drops
- Cardamom – 2 drops
Mix sugar and essential oils, stir in carrier oil, and store in airtight container.
Note: It is best to store recipes like this that contain essential oils in an airtight container. I prefer to use sugar scrubs in the shower, but make sure you do not reach into your jar with wet hands, this can create bacteria in the sugar scrub and the water will melt the sugar. If you are just getting started with essential oils and don’t have some of the oils listed above, you can still make a sugar scrub and use the oils you have on hand.
Sweater Weather Bath Salts
- 1 Cup Epsom Salt
- ¼ Cup of Baking Soda
- Eucalyptus – 2 drops
- Clary Sage – 3 drops
- Juniper Berry – 2 drops
Directions: Mix dry ingredients together, add in essential oils, stir, and store in an airtight container.
Note: All you really need for this recipe is a cup of Epsom salt and essential oils, but I add a few extras, these are completely optional. The baking soda has some detox properties and helps to soften the skin which is why I like to add it. You can also add some Pink Himalayan Salt to give your bath salts some color.
In this recipe you will notice that the oils used are not your typical autumn aromas, but they work well together, and this combo is very supportive for the lungs. The new Eucalyptus blend uses 5 different species that help to open the airways and support the lungs, you read more about the new blend of Eucalyptus here.
Clary Sage is good for supporting female hormones. Juniper Berry adds a fresh and crisp aroma, it also helps to support the kidneys.
Autumn Breeze Room Spray
- 4 oz spray bottle
- 1 tbsp of Vodka, Witch Hazel, or Rubbing Alcohol
- Harvest Spice – 25 drops
- Lemon – 15 drops
- Wild Orange – 15 drops
- Top With Water
Directions: Add essential oils to an empty 4 oz spray bottle, then add tbsp of vodka or alternative, and top with water. This is better if you let it sit for about 24 hours before using.
Note: If you don’t have Harvest Spice essential oil, you can find more room spray recipes below under DIY Ideas. A good tip is to try diffusing oils together before making a room spray to see if you will like the aroma or even making a room spray out of your favorite essential oil blend. I like to add about 40 drops of essential oils to a 4 oz spray bottle for reference.
Fall Diffuser Blends
30 Roller Bottle Blends
Autumn Bucket List Ideas
Good marketing will tell you that you need those fall inspired candles or room sprays and while they do smell good, they are filled with harmful toxins. You can achieve those same aromas with essential oils, plus essential oils have multiple uses – you certainly can’t use those candles in your cookie recipe, but you can use essential oils. Enjoy making some of these recipes and keeping your autumn toxin-free.
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