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25 November 2011

Essential oils for Christmas

Tea light candle holders made from Australian Banksia seed pods

Diffusing essentials oils in your home at Christmas will not only help with creating a lovely festive aroma, but they can encourage a calm and relaxed state of being - a special gift at this busy time of year!

Although we have a hot Christmas in Australia, we still love the warming and woody oils traditionally associated with Winter in the northern hemisphere like Pine, Cinnamon, Cedarwoord, Clove oil and Nutmeg.  

For a lovely festive blend mix a spicy oil like Cinnamon with a gentle citrus oil like Sweet Orange, Mandarin, Lemon or Tangerine. Only a small amount of spicy oils should be used as they can be over-powering and irritating.  Avoid contact with the skin also.

The mix of spice and citrus is familar to those who have smelt a traditional Clove Pomander, used for generations to mask smells and add to festive decorations.  These are typically a citrus fruit such as orange, spiked all over with black clove heads and then hung with a red ribbon.

You can play with any combination of mints, such as Peppermint or Eucalytpus with woody oils, citrus and spice.

Banksia scent pots $13.95
Place the oils in one of Biome's hand turned Banksia scent pots, an oil burner or vaporiser.  Banksia is a particularly porous material that will soak up the essential oils and fragrance your room for weeks before needing to add more oil.

See Biome's essential oils here, plus we have a greater selection in our stores.

The Thurlby Scents of Christmas sachet ($7.95) is another lovely idea for your home or a gift.  This Australian-made natural fragrance sachet can hang on the tree or anywhere. 

Queen B Christmas beeswax candles
For creating a beautiful festive atmosphere, candles are the centrepiece.  Choose Australian beeswax candles for their purity and eco-friendliness.  Queen B offers gorgeous beeswax candle designs for Christmas with Christmas Trees, Jolly Santa and Mary, Joseph & Baby Jesus.

Don't forget the essential oils for relaxtion to help you through the busy festive schedule.  Try the Mt Retour certified organic relaxing blend or Mandarin, which is meant to relax, sooth and calm restlessness, especially for hyperactivity in children.  What parent doesn't need that at this time?

Author & Editor

Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.


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