Ground Yourself with Autumn Essential Oils
Autumn is a time to begin looking inward. Just as the trees draw in their sap to protect their branches from the soon-to-be cold, we too need to draw our energy inward.
We are guided by nature to begin grounding ourselves and nurturing from the inside out. One way to do this is to warm the body through food, herbs, deep thought (or meditation) and essential oils.
Autumn Essential Oils
Spicy scented essential oils share some common traits as you will see below. One of which is the ability to warm the body energetically and help nurture your core. This must be why we use them in stews and desserts that tend to make us feel all 'warm & fuzzy' inside.
The following are a basic list of essential oils that are great to diffuse throughout your home this time of year. If you do not have the essential oils handy, feel free to simmer the herbs or spices in a small pot covered with water (potpourri) to get a similar experience.
Allspice Essential Oil
Allspice is a thin, lightly colored oil that really does smell similar to "all spices", thus its name. Allspice is similar in aroma and therapeutic benefits to cinnamon and clove partly because of its high Eugenol content.
Allspice is said to bring warmth to the body's core and reduce inflammation. When using in an aromatherapy diffuser, a little goes a long way. Just a few drops of Allspice has been shown to reduce viral and bacteria growth and is great for colds/flu season.
While this oil is great for diffusing, it should be noted that it can be a skin irritant if applied directly to the skin or mucous areas (nose, eyes, mouth) undiluted. To dilute spice oils, simply add a few drops to a shot glass-sized container of sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil or even olive oil and mix.
- Stimulant: Known to stimulate digestion, blood circulation, the metabolism and sex drive (aphrodisiac)
- Anti-Viral: Inhibits bacteria and viral growth both topically and airborne.
- Anesthetic and Analgesic: When applied to skin, has a numbing effect locally which can reduce pain reception.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon is another thin, lightly colored oil that imparts a very powerful aroma similar to the spice itself. It is a seasonal sensation that will surely have everyone in the house asking what's for desert.
Cinnamon is great diffused in the air to reduce airborne pathogens and purify the air, but be sure to dilute it in carrier oil or add just a few drops to a blend as too much can be irritating. And, as with all spicy essential oils, do not use directly on the skin or mucous membrane areas without heavy dilution.
- Antioxidant: Antioxidants actively seek out and destroy free-radicals lurking in your body that can cause harm.
- Digestive Aide: Taken internally (through the use of the spice, never the oil), cinnamon can reduce digestive sluggishness and help to restore the enzymatic balance.
Orange Essential Oil
Not all fruit is able to be made into essential oils due to their lack of oil available for distillation, for instance, apple, cranberry or mango. Soap and skin care items that have these scents are using synthetic fragrance oils to achieve this aroma. If you're like me, you do not want yet another chemical floating around your house, so instead, reach for a citrus oil like orange, grapefruit or lime.
Citrus essential oils are a great addition to any spicy autumn blend to help balance it out. Orange is a clear, yellow liquid with a sweet, fresh, crisp aroma that smells just like the real deal.
Blended with a few drops of cinnamon and clove in a diffuser and your home will smell as good as it gets! Because orange is considered a "top note" in aromatherapy, it will diffuse and dissipate quickly so feel free to add a couple more drops of just orange to the diffuser blend every hour and enjoy!
- Balancing and Uplifting: While some may say stimulating, others tend to argue that orange e.o. simply balances emotions and brings lightheartedness to one's mind - think antidepressant.
- Medicinal: It has been noted to improve bronchitis and lung ailments due to colds and coughing when diffused into the air. Also esteemed as an anti-inflammatory.
Regardless of the essential oils you choose to scent your home this autumn, our suggestion is that you simply do it!
Diffusing essential oils into the air has known therapeutic benefits, even if you don't know what they are! Nature has found a way to share its oils with us, we should find ways in which to use them.