The smells of Christmas are perfect for cozying up indoors on a crisp winter day. For Christmas diffuser blends, I like to have minty, woodsy, spicy, and warming aromas, as well as citrus and anything else in between!
Christmas Essential Oils
Candles often rely on artificial fragrances to recreate the aroma of the outdoors, and aside from containing potentially toxic ingredients, many times they don’t smell like the real thing. This is where essential oils shine—not only are they completely natural, but they also smell like the real thing because they are the real thing!
Just like the scents of fall, this time of year is perfect for experimenting with different blends and aromas. Scents of cranberry, orange, mint, pine, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg mingle together to create aromas that are truly unique to this time of year. Plus, you always need a good potent blend to help fight germs.
While you're free to choose any oils you like, some of my favorites are:
Nothing screams Christmas quite like the smell of balsam fir. But aside from the fun, festive scent, it's often used to promote respiratory health and soothe tired and achy muscles.
Cinnamon essential oil blends well with other spicy scents like nutmeg, ginger and clove to make the ultimate warming winter scent.
Bergamot is a warm and woodsy scent that also has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Much like bergamot, cedarwood is another woodsy scent with medicinal properties. I love combining it with something lighter and punchier such as Sweet Orange or Lemonbalm to give it some much-needed balance.
Light and crisp, peppermint is synonymous with the holidays. When diffused in the air it has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It also soothes the digestive tract and brightens the mood.
Last but not least, frankincense reduces feelings of anxiety and stimulates the immune system (which may be very helpful this time of year).
Whip up this room spray trio and give it as a gift to your besties or simply stash them around the house and spray whenever you need a quick holiday pick-me-up.
18 Essential Oil Christmas Diffuser Blends
Here are some of my favorite blends to use around the holidays. These blends are perfect for diffusing while you’re enjoying hot cocoa, baking cookies, sitting in front of a fire, and opening presents!
1. Candy Cane Blend
While I do love the aroma of peppermint, I felt like it needed just a little something extra to elevate it so that it smells more like a candy cane—spearmint! The sweetness of spearmint combined with peppermint really kicks this minty blend up a notch, and the addition of vanilla completely seals the deal.
2. Christmas Tree Blend
One of my very favorite aromas during the winter is the smell of Christmas trees. I love the way a forest smells on a brisk winter day, so I enjoy bringing that aroma into my home.
3. Sugar Cookie Blend
Around Christmas, the aroma of baked goods more often permeates our home. This is the time of year that I bake treasured family recipes for family and friends. And most of the time, I put my own spin on the recipes—often by adding cinnamon to the mix.
4. Snowy Day Blend
I love the smell of a crisp winter day, don’t you? There’s just something so invigorating about breathing in a deep lungful of the brisk air around Christmastime. Often, there’s a faint aroma of wood smoke or pine, and it totally refreshes the mind and body.
5. Peppermint Latte Blend
Just like pumpkin spice indicates the emergence of fall, peppermint is representative of the advent of winter. Peppermint lattes and peppermint cocoa are the drinks of the season. Coffee essential oil is one of our favorites, and this decadent diffuser blend recipe smells just like the seasonal latte:
6. Boughs of Holly Blend
There’s just something so invigorating about breathing in a deep lungful of the brisk air around Christmastime. This blend brings in frankincense and myrrh, two scents with a long history with Christmas.
7. Hot Cocoa Blend
Besides tea, hot cocoa is my family’s favorite drink for the winter season. A nice creamy cup of hot chocolate really hits the spot on cold winter days, and we indulge in the rich treat a few times throughout the winter.
However, even on days when we’re not drinking hot cocoa, I still like to have the aroma wafting throughout the house because it just smells so good. So here’s my recipe for a diffuser blend that smells like hot cocoa:
8. Winter Spice Blend
Have you ever simmered spices, herbs, and fruit on your stove to make your house smell amazing? I absolutely love the scent of oranges, cranberries, cinnamon, and herbs when they’ve been simmering for hours, but I don’t always have all the ingredients on hand to do it.
That’s when I use essential oils to recreate the aroma. Here’s a great recipe to use that’s remarkably similar:
9. A Minty Christmas Blend
Peppermint permeates our teas, our baked goods, and even our chapstick and sugar scrubs during Christmas! And with essential oils, you can recreate these aromas in your home at a moment’s notice.
10. Winter Germ Blend
I like to have a potent antimicrobial blend to diffuse during the winter months. If somebody in the house is feeling run down or we’ve been exposed to an illness, I diffuse this blend throughout the main living areas of the home.
11. Wintertime Relaxation Blend
Although the pace seems to be slower for me during the winter, the holidays can be crazy busy! Sometimes, I still need a little help winding down at the end of my day—especially as it gets closer to Christmas.
12. Christmas Wreath Blend
This combines several traditional holiday aromas into one delectable blend. It reminds me of Christmas, and it’s a great one to use to help get your home ready for the festivities! I promise it’ll make your home smell awesome!
13. Christmas Sweater Season Blend
Who doesn't love curling up in a cozy sweater by the fire? This blend brings brisk winter air indoors—without the freezing temperatures!
14. Sugared Citrus Peel Blend
Making homemade sugared citrus peel candy is a time-honored holiday tradition for many families. The fresh aroma of citrus combined with warmed sugar creates a wonderful fragrance during this time of year.
Here’s a great recipe that’s reminiscent of that aroma:
15. Christmas Cookie Blend
We become enveloped in the scents of fresh-baked cookies, apple cider, pies, and homemade breads this time of year. This essential oil blend is reminiscent of all that baking without all the effort!
How To Make a Holiday Room Spray
If you don't have a diffuser, try your hand at making a holiday room spray. These natural air fresheners make amazing gifts for teachers, girlfriends, moms, and neighbors. They’re cute, functional, and best of all, nontoxic. Plus, with the right blend of oils, they even have aromatherapy benefits.
Here’s a quick video showing you exactly how to make them.
And in case you missed it, here's the ingredients in my favorite blends.
16. Oh Christmas Tree
This one smells just like a freshly cut Christmas tree. Spray it around your entryway to give guests a warm welcome as soon as they walk in.
17. To All a Good Night
Thanks to soothing chamomile oil, this room spray makes a great nighttime blend. When combined with sweet orange and cedarwood oils you're left with a warm and inviting scent.
18. Merry and Bright
This is a fresh scent perfect for spraying in the morning, or whenever you need a pick-me-up.
This article was written by a licensed aromatherapist and medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow's medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.12