‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.’ – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
The crisp autumnal air, along with the russet and burnished hues of falling leaves, has fascinated and inspired writers and poets for centuries. Add pumpkin fields, cinnamon-spiced chai, hot apple cider, scarves and boots, and the romance of Fall has us all bewitched. All that is missing from this list are our favorite Fall essential oils to complement the celebration of the season.
We have taken our inspiration from the colors of Fall and translated those into our ‘arboretum’ of aromatic Fall essential oils selection to cozy up your life and help you slow down...just a little.
A walk in the forest
Our suggested list of natural and earthy inspired essential oils is perfect for a sensory Fall experience - reminiscent of a relaxing walk in the forest. The calming presence of trees and crunching leaves underfoot has a way of recentering our minds and balancing our emotions.
Cypress - A time to heal:
Organic Cypress essential oil is made from the twigs, stems, and leaves of the Cypress tree (Cupressus sempervirens), and its many and varied health benefits come from its alleged antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal and antispasmodic properties. It is a wonderful child-friendly Fall essential oil staple.
Struggling with a niggly cough? Cypress oil contains camphene, a molecule which is often found in herbal cough suppressants. Add a few drops to a diffuser and inhale for some natural relief. Added to a carrier oil, cypress oil is said to soothe haemorrhoids, control warts and treat cuts and wounds. Massage the diluted oil onto areas where you experience muscle soreness. Combined with Lavender and Sweet Marjoram, Cypress essential oil may also help to reduce anxiety.
Cedarwood - A time to pause:
The warm and woodsy aroma of Cedarwood Atlas essential oil (Cedrus atlantica) is said to soothe and invigorate the body and mind, just like a walk in the forest. This comforting oil is steam distilled from the wood of the tree. Used in carrier oil applications and safe for children, it is also known to repel insects, stimulate hair growth and encourage a good night’s sleep. Combine 12 drops of Cedarwood oil with 1 oz of Coconut or Grapeseed carrier oil and add to your bath to indulge and soften your skin.
Frankincense - A time to relax:
Another Fall family-friendly favorite essential oil is organic Frankincense Frereana (Boswellia frereana), which is hydro distilled from the gum/resin of the tree. It has an enticing woody-pine scent with a hint of lemon and honey. Diffused, or diluted in a carrier oil, it is known to help with uplifting moods, relaxation and centering, as well as for soothing aching muscles and joints.
Spruce - A time to breathe:
Organic Spruce Black oil is a powerful oil distilled from the needles of the Black Spruce tree (Picea mariana). It is high in bornyl acetate, a chemical component known for promoting relaxation and calmness. Diffuse Spruce Black oil or apply to the back of your neck to create feelings of harmony, balance and serenity - transporting you to a walk in the forest.
‘I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves.’ -Ann Drake
At Sanctus Essence, we invite you to slow down and embrace the season, its colors and scents with our curated Fall essential oils, and to welcome these organic oils into your home. The rustic and earthy aromas of these woody essential oils are wonderfully versatile and becoming ever popular with the guys - for beards boots and man caves.