Many of our memories of Christmas are tied up with particular smells and aromas.

Whether it is the gentle spice of Christmas cake or mince pies, or the fresh smell of a real Christmas tree, the aromas around Christmas are an important part of the season.

But did you know that you can help make new Christmas memories and revive old ones using essential oils?

Recommended essential oils for Christmas

Some of the essential oils that work particularly well at Christmas include – cinnamon leaf, orange sweet, clove bud, frankincense, pine, cypress, mandarin, lime, ginger, cedarwood and sandalwood.

Here are 5 ways to use these Essential Oils for an Aromatic Christmas -

  1. Use a Diffuser

    Put 6-8 drops of essential oil in a diffuser or vaporiser to set the mood. Christmas is also a good time to bring out the oil burner (don’t forget to use one with plenty of water) as the glow of a candle can really add to the atmosphere.

  2. Make your own aromatic room spray

    Mix 20-30 drops of essential oil with a teaspoon of essential oil dispersant in a 50ml spray bottle. Top up with water and shake to mix. Spray into the air for a gentle fragrance.

  3. Create your own aromatic paper or cards

    Add the scent of Christmas to your gifts by placing your Christmas cards or wrapping paper in a large plastic bag with a tissue or cotton wool ball on which you have placed a few drops of essential oil. Seal the bag (zip lock bags are good for this) and leave for at least a week (longer if you can) to allow the smell to infuse the paper

  4. A last minute Aromatic Gift trick

    If you don’t have time to infuse your paper, you can instead put a single drop of essential oil on the ribbon of your parcel. (avoid dropping oil directly on paper as it may damage some finishes.)

  5. It’s not only real trees that smell great!

    Real Christmas trees have a wonderful fresh aroma that always makes me think of Christmas. But even an artificial tree can have a great smell if you put some essential oil on a few cotton wool balls and tuck them in between the branches.

Try a few of these ideas and start your own aromatic Christmas tradition!

Do you have a favourite scent? Share with us in the comments.

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  • I have many favourite but I particularly like Lavender.


  • I love oil burners. I don’t have a favourite scent. I do tend to like the floral scents more then herbal


  • I do love essential oils – so aromatic and calming.

    • Every year I explore new oils and aromas and their properties for calming and rejuvenating the mind and body.


  • I tend to love vanilla and use diffusers throughout the house. I will probably have a candle or two on Christmas day, too.


  • thank you for the tips.. we just came back from bali with heaps of essential oils and candles


  • I love those smells and use then throughout the whole year ! I would like to add licorice root, anise and fennel….Mmmmmm


  • The names of these smells brings back nostalgic memories for me. Thanks.


  • I love all those Christmas smells. they bring back happy memories.

    • Smells are great memory triggers! Thanks for commenting. :)


  • I enjoyed your article but….not ideal if you or a visitor suffers from asthma or hayfever or sinus problems which are aggravated by aromas, scents etc.

    • Thanks for commenting and you raise a great point. You should always take into account your own health issues as well as those of people around you and adjust your usage accordingly. Most recommendations on the internet and in books are for the average person, and will not take into account all sensitivities. And some people can be very sensitive to aromas, even if they are from natural products like essential oils. Thank you for your input! :)


  • ho doesn’t like a lovely fragrance ?! I love to do it on my ribbons as well :)

    • Thanks for commenting – love that you use one of these ideas already!


  • wowoowww thats probably a whole list ..can be used anytime of the year for a lovely freshness in the air!

    • Great idea! you can even change the essential oils used with the seasons.


  • I am more interested in the smells to reproduce Christmas, so I am happy to see that list above.

    • Thanks and I’m glad you enjoyed the article. :)


  • These ideas are great and I’m eager to try them.

    • Glad you enjoyed the article – hope you enjoy trying out some of these ideas.


  • I love the idea of adding essential oil to the ribbon!
    I love lavender. It’s so relaxing!

    • You’ll have to let us know what you think if you try that idea out! And I love lavender too – such a beautiful oil.


  • A aromatic room spray sound’s like a great idea!

    • And so easy too! It’s a great option if you don’t have a vaporiser or diffuser to hand.


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