Diffusing essential oils are a wonderful way to create the type of atmosphere where the children will be happy, the guests will feel welcome and stress for all will be relieved. It will enable your family and friends to feel at home and everyone will have a wonderful time.

Here are a few blends to diffuse:

Holiday Spirit

5 drops Lime
2 drop Pine
1 drop Nutmeg

This blend has a woody spice scent and is very uplifting. It creates a refreshing and invigorating atmosphere. It is best avoided during pregnancy. Please do not misuse the Pine and Nutmeg as too much may be over stimulating and become irritating.

Balance Beautifully

3 drops Lime
3 drops Orange
2 drops Geranium

This blend has a citrus scent with a floral undertone. It will diminish irritability, ease stress & tension, and promote happiness. It works wonderfully for my children and encourages them to play nicely too.

Citrus Blend

3 drops Lemon
3 drops Orange
2 drops Grapefruit

This citrus blend is very smooth and refreshing and is especially helpful after eating a big meal as the essential oils will help with digestion and the feeling of being too full. It will also take away that lethargic feeling we usually get after eating turkey.

Sleep Ease

5 drops Mandarin
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Chamomile

This blend has herbal orange scent and children love it! One would use this blend at the end of the night to calm and relax in order to prepare for sleep. Sometimes when there is so much excitement in one day, the children end up feeling overwhelmed and cannot relax to fall asleep. They end up getting overtired. PS: works for adults too.

The Flu

3 drops Lemon
3 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Ginger

I have included this blend for those who may be feeling like they have the flu during the holidays. This blend will lower a fever, halt any chills/sweats and reduce nausea.

Alternatively, if you are dealing with a high temperature, place one drop of lemon and eucalyptus in one cup cool water and wet a wash cloth in the mixture. Place on forehead. Repeat until fever is down to normal (usually takes ½ hour).

If you are dealing with nausea, add 2-5 drops ginger (2 drops for young children – 5 drops for adults) to 1 tsp. vegetable oil and rub in a clockwise position on the stomach. This can be repeated until the nausea has subsided.

Eucalyptus essential oil can raise blood pressure. Be careful if anyone present has this condition.


6 drops Bergamot
2 drops Cedarwood (Atlas species only)

This blend will ease any coughs and helps to strengthen the respiratory tract. It works particularly well for bronchitis. It is also an anti-depressant and helps to reduce mucous production.

If you can manage to find Cajeput essential oil, this works wonderfully on its own for most illnesses, especially the common cold.

How to Use Essential Oils in a Diffuser

Traditionally, a diffuser is where a tea light is lit under a bowl of water and the essential oils are added. Be careful not to let the water run out or the bowl will crack. Today, electric diffusers can be purchased where the essential oils are added to a pre-made slide and turned on or plugged into the wall.

The essential oils are usually added at eight drops at one time. You may find that in a small home, the scent may be too much. In this case, lessen the amount you add.

The essential oils are re-added once the scent is no longer in the air. This is usually every 2-4 hours, depending on the size of the home and the density of the essential oils. They can be re-added as many times as you desire.

I hope you enjoy these blends and find them useful. They have all been created and used by many, including myself. They have been found to be the most pleasant and the most effective.

These essential oils also have many other properties than listed. For more information, please visit www.healthyscents.net. My site lists the Safe Essential Oils and how to use them.

Tina Gent
Registered Aromatherapist

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