Top Five Fall Scents to Diffuse

This article is a fun look at which top five fall scents to diffuse this season! Written by professional aromatherapist and botanical perfumer Sharon Falsetto Chapman.

Autumn conjures up muddy, earthy, and smoky scents of leaves, walks, and open fires. Then there’s the aroma of pumpkin spice combined with homemade pie and coffee. Are you wondering which aromatherapy scents to diffuse this fall season? Read on for our top five fall scents to diffuse!

Diffusing Fall Scents Safely

Before diffusing essential oils in any public or private space, make sure of the following points:

  • you understand how your aromatherapy diffuser works; consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific use on a diffuser
  • you understand any cautions for diffusing your chosen essential oil/s
  • you are aware of people with any sensitivities in the area in which you intend to diffuse the essential oil, including pregnant women, babies and young children, seniors, or those with specific health conditions
  • if your aromatherapy diffuser has a timer, know how to set it, and when it will switch off.

Cinnamon Essential Oil for Fall

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil has a warm, spicy aroma that is conducive to the fall season. It combines well with citrus essential oils, such as sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), and other spice essential oils, like nutmeg (Myristica fragrans).

Cinnamon essential oil can also be used for stress, to combat colds, emotional exhaustion, and, some say, it possesses aphrodisiac properties.

However, cinnamon essential oil should only be used in low quantities, as it is a powerful essential oil which may cause irritation to the mucous membranes.

Nutmeg Essential Oil for Autumn

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) essential oil also has a warm, spicy aroma. As with many of the spice essential oils, nutmeg essential oil should be used with caution. In high amounts, it may cause nausea. It should also be avoided in pregnancy.

However, used safely and correctly, nutmeg essential oil would be a good addition to a diffusion blend of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) and cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil. Nutmeg essential oil is good for confidence building and to dispel emotional fatigue.

Pimento Berry Fall Scents

Pimento berry (Pimenta dioica), also known as Allspice, has a warm, spicy, balsamic aroma when diffused as an essential oil. Blend it with ginger (Zingiber officinale), patchouli (Pogestemon cablin), and sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oils for a spicy, earthy aroma with a citrus note!

Although useful for seasonal coughs, relieving stress and depression, and surrounding you with a feeling of warmth, avoid using this essential oil in high amounts. It can irritate the mucous membranes.

Vetiver Essential Oil for Fall

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) essential oil has a deep smoky, earthy, woody aroma which is the reason that we’ve included it in five fall scents to diffuse. Perhaps not the most popular choice in essential oil fall scents, it is a great one to use for nervous tension.  Diffuse while taking an evening bath to relax before bed.

If you love earthy aromas, combine vetiver with patchouli (Pogestemon cablin) and clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oils for the ultimate fall scent.

Cardamon Fall Scents

Cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum) essential oil is the quintessential fall scent. It has a spicy, warming, balsamic, woody aroma encompassing everything fall-like. Another great essential oil for mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion, cardamon is found in many fall confectionaries.

Combine cardamon essential oil with citrus, clove (Syzygium aromaticum), and labdanum (Cistus ladanifer) for an autumn feel.

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About the Author:

The author of this article has been working in the health care industry since the 1990’s and in the aromatherapy industry since the 2000’s. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®. She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she gardens and distills plants from her own aromatic gardens, surrounded by natural fauna and flora on an original pioneer homestead property.

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