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Aromas of the 2016 Holiday Season

Aromas of the Winter Holiday Season

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Essential oils and resins that evoke the magical vibes of the winter holiday season.

Many of these aromas have a rich mythology and tradition of use. Get in the holiday spirit by diffusing them throughout the home.

1. Frankincense Resin & Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil (Somalia)There are few incenses as highly esteemed as Frankincense. Desert peoples have historically chewed the resin of Frankincense for its energizing and uplifting effect. It has traditionally been used across the ancient world to purify and consecrate a space for spiritual activity. In the nativity story, three kings or magi come to honor the birth of Jesus, bestowing gifts of Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold. Place a few crystals of Frankincense Resin on a hot charcoal,  or drop a few drops of Frankincense essential oil on a cotton ball, and place in one of our glass or soapstone diffuser bowls. The wafting aroma helps create an ambiance of calm and serenity that enhances meditation and conjures the feeling of ancient temples and sacred spaces.


2. Myrrh Resin & Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh Essential OilMuch like Frankincense, Myrrh has a long history of use in spiritual practice. Ancient Egyptians used it in the embalming process, since its base-note fragrance is effective at eliminating foul odors. Both Myrrh and Frankincense grow as small trees or shrubs, and our resins and essential oils come from plants that are sustainably wildcrafted. Place a few crystals of Myrrh Resin on a hot charcoal, or drop a few drops of Myrrh essential oil on a cotton ball, and place in our glass or soapstone diffuser bowls. Myrrh’s musky aroma has been said to promote a sense of comfort and purification.


3. Black Spruce Essential Oil

Spruce Essential Oil (Black)Walking through a forest can be incredibly healing for mind, body and spirit. Bring the woods to your home with Black Spruce essential oil. Described by aromatherapists as relaxing, restorative, strengthening and clarifying, this fragrance  imparts the aromatic magic of Canada’s magnificent Spruce forests.


4. Fir Needle Essential Oil

Fir Needle Essential Oil CanadaIt’s an old custom to decorate homes with the clippings of evergreen shrubs, bringing green to the home during winter. Evergreens have long been celebrated as symbols of immortality. Christianity celebrates the Christmas tree as an emblem of Christ’s everlasting life. For many, the aroma of Fir Needle has an amazing power to evoke the feelings of peace, comfort and joy associated with the holiday season. 



5. Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Organic)

Orange Essential Oil - Sweet (Organic)There’s nothing like the sweet refreshing scent of Citrus. Our Organic essential oil of Sweet Orange is expressed from the rind of the fruit. A few drops in a diffuser fills the room instantly with a pleasant, welcoming scent. This oil also blends well and makes a perfect top-note to the essential oils listed above. Oranges studded with cloves or other herbs were traditionally used in Colonial America to make Christmas decorations known as “pomanders.”



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Alexandra Mills

Yoga instructor and aromatherapy enthusiast based in Asheville, NC.

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