Natural Scents for Fall: Photo credit ISP
Natural Scents for Fall: Photo credit ISP

As I write this post, Fall is almost upon us, and thoughts turn to scents to add to my aromatherapy diffuser for the Fall season. Although there is no hard and fast rule as to which scents to use and when (if you are using them for scent purposes), some scents naturally lend themselves to seasons. There is more information on using scents seasonally in my upcoming book, Authentic Aromatherapy, but here are a couple of suggestions for this Fall!

Types of Scents for Fall

One of the exercises which I give to new aromatherapy students is to ask them to describe the aroma of different essential oils. This is both a fun and informative exercise, which often brings about some interesting answers! For Fall season, I would recommend choosing scents which are warming, earthy, woody or green in aroma, giving the sense of connection of the earth with the spirit, as we prepare for the colder climate of winter.

How to Use Scents for Fall

One of the most effective ways to use aromas during the Fall season is through diffusion. You can use either an electric diffuser or a candle-lit diffuser to disperse scents into a room. And you can use a soy-based aromatherapy candle too. You can also carry a personal diffuser and inhale whenever you feel the need. Remember to keep dilutions low.

Suggested Essential Oils for Fall

Based on the above description of Fall scents, here are some suggestions of essential oils to use for Fall:

  • cinnamon – woody, spicy aroma

  • frankincense – warm, rich aroma

  • sandalwood – woody

  • yarrow – green aroma

  • cedarwood – woody aroma

  • fennel – earthy (peppery) aroma.

If you want to lighten the mood, it is always good to add in citrus or mint aromas too.

Recommendations for Using Essential Oils

Always choose authentic essential oils which have been extracted from plants over fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are much stronger in aroma and can cause sensitization and nausea in large quantities. Essential oils are more subtle and can be used in smaller quantities.

If you are using essential oils on the skin, remember to dilute them in a carrier oil or base first. Keep away from eyes, out of reach of children and pets, and don’t use them internally.

Consult a qualified aromatherapist for further information on use – or consider learning more with one of the Sedona Aromatherapie home study aromatherapy courses! Visit the courses home page to learn more.


  • Lawless, Julia, 1995, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, UK: Thorsons

  • Author’s personal training and experience

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