There is nothing like Autumn; the colors, brisk air, long sleeves, lamp-lit rooms, jazz playing everywhere, and the smells — oh, the smells! My life has been known to turn into a proverbial pumpkin-spice world from my birthday onward each year. Yes, I have always been weak for the renowned spiced hand soaps, air fresheners, candles, (you name it), that fall has to offer.
SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Well, toxins for starters. Yep, I had to go there. Believe it or not, air fresheners and artificial fragrances can be very harmful to our health. I will actually be touching on this in depth when we start our Farewell Friday series up again, but to summarize a few of the main points for you today…
- The word “Fragrance” listed on an ingredients list is a virtual wild card that can hide chemical ingredients a company doesn’t want to disclose. When “fragrances” are in your products, you really have no idea what you are putting on your skin or inhaling. (source)
- Many “fragrances” include synthetic chemicals and often even petrochemicals: “The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety.” (source)
SO WHAT IS AN AUTUMN-SPICE OBSESSED NATURAL MAMA TO DO??? Call on pure, organic essential oils, of course! (Here is where I buy mine.) Not only are aromatherapy oils natural and non-toxic, but they also offer therapeutic (and even health) benefits. That’s a nice turn of events from the potentially cancer-causing effects of synthetic fragrances, if you ask me!
THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO USE THIS AUTUMN SPICED ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND. It can be diffused in a cool diffuser (this is the one I use and love), made into a delightful and safe hand soap, used to create scent in homemade beeswax candles, added into a DIY reed diffuser, or can even be used to scent pine cones or twigs!
THE SECRET INGREDIENTS
Many Autumn blends primarily incorporate cinnamon and clove. I have found that cinnamon is often overly sweet for my taste while clove can be harsh and bitter, and the two together come across quite potent. By mixing in nutmeg, cardamom, and sweet orange though, perfection takes place. It goes from just smelling like basic “spice” to a very soothing and full aroma. Not to mention, the therapeutic benefits are really boosted by adding in my top secret ingredients:
- Cinnamon: Enhances properties of other oils, antidepressant, aids in digestion & gas relief
- Nutmeg: Pain reliever, relieves stress and mental exhaustion, reduces respiratory issues, improves sleep quality, supports heart/liver/kidney health
- Cardamom: Boosts digestion and supports gut health, mood lifter, diuretic which can help detox and promote weight loss
- Sweet Orange: Quickly relieves inflammation, lifts mood, relieves gas and indigestion, boosts immunity, improves cognitive function
- Clove: Purifies blood and boosts immune system, increases metabolism, settles stomach, refreshes mind
Several of the ingredients used in this blend (like cinnamon and clove oils) are rather strong and can become skin irritants if used in excess or improperly. YES they are natural, and YES they are non-toxic, but they are also highly concentrated. Because of their potency, many aromatherapists and herbalists have pointed out that these oils are not wise for use on young children. (Be sure to get free access to our child-safe essential oils chart HERE.)
I personally have not experienced any issues with the blend being diffused in a large common space, but would not advise running it all night in a confined room next to your child’s crib, for example. You also would not want to ingest this blend or put it in a lotion or solution that is meant to stay put on skin, regardless of age (toothpaste and hand soap seems to be fine though).
THE RECIPE: Autumn Spice Essential Oil Blend
Ingredients and Equipment
- 60 drops Cinnamon Bark oil (where to buy), Note: Cinnamon Leaf oil would also work
- 35 drops Nutmeg oil (where to buy)
- 25 drops Cardamom oil (where to buy)
- 10 drops Sweet Orange oil (where to buy)
- 5 drops Clove Bud oil (where to buy)
- Amber glass bottle (buy on Amazon)
Add all ingredients into a colored, glass bottle. Fix lid on top and give a swirl to combine. That’s it!
If you plan to diffuse this oil in your home, be sure to invest in a cool diffuser (I have this one and LOVE it!) or a vaporizer (but those are a little out of my budget). Oil burners will smell good, but the heat can kill of some of the therapeutic benefits of the oils, and if you are making the choice to invest in high quality, organic oils then getting all aromatherapy benefits out of them is vital!
In a cool diffuser you will want about 5-8 drops of this oil. Be sure to wipe your diffuser out afterward as certain essential oils (especially citrus) can corrode the inner plastic parts over time.