Warm and Cool Spices in Aromatherapy

An article about the aromas of warm and cool spices in aromatherapy. A quick introduction provided by certified aromatherapist Sharon Falsetto Chapman.

Have you ever thought about which is a “warm” or “cold” spice aroma in aromatherapy? We talk about the hot and cold properties of essential oils, and also which essential oils are good to use with a hot or cold ailment. But what about the aroma itself and how does that change within a blend? Let’s take a quick look!

Warm Spice Aromas in Aromatherapy

We often think of spices as “warm” because we find them in our favorite spicy recipes such as curry, spicy teas to warm us up on cold days, and even spicy aromas to spark a romantic night in. But if you want to blend an essential oil into an aromatic blend to give it a “warm” feeling, here are some essential oils that you might want to consider:

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Cardamon (Eletteria cardamomum)
  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
  • Pimento berry (also known as allspice) (Pimenta dioica)
  • Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum).

Cold Spice Aromas in Aromatherapy

Spices are always hot, right? Wrong! Some spices can be cooling in aroma and can add a bit of spiciness to a blend – but not heat it up. Some essential oils that you might want to think about include:

  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
  • Cilantro leaf (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Dill (Anethum graveolens)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare).

Aroma of Warm and Cool Spices

The difference between the aroma of warm and cool spices is subtle. Some might be fresh, dry, woody whereas others might be deep, earthy, tenacious. Want to know the different aromas of those essential oils listed in this article? We have uploaded a handy PDF chart to the resources in Botanical Aromatherapy™ Membership school for you to print out and keep!

Learn More About Warm and Cool Spice

If you are fascinated by warm and cool spices in aromatherapy and would like to discover how to blend essential oils in different ways, including the use of different blending charts and guidelines, join the sunflower level of the Botanical Aromatherapy™ Membership School today!

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 a UK-certified aromatherapist, a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®, a gardener, and a certified herbalist with several years of study. She is also a botanical perfumer, working on launching her first fragrance line.

Sharon is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, and custom blend formulator. 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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