Warm spicy scents are so comforting during the holidays!
I think it’s because they provide such a contrast to the weather in climates where it gets cold and snowy. Scents like clove, cinnamon, and cardamom have become traditional for holiday Aromatherapy blends and cooking recipes.
I love using them in Aromatherapy body care recipes, too. Many of these oils have warming properties that can promote healthy circulation, and they smell amazing!
But when we’re using warm spicy essential oils in body care, we have to be sure to balance them with skin-nourishing carriers and essential oils.
The reason is that spicier essential oils can sometimes cause skin irritation if applied undiluted, or in products that you might use every day for a long term.
Fortunately, there are other popular holiday essential oils that have very skin-nourishing properties. They are perfect for blending with spicier oils!
Here’s a luxurious recipe for holiday bath salts that does just that:
- 4 oz (112 gm) natural salt (I like pink Himalayan salt)
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) castile soap
- 8 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)
- 8 drops Myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha)
- 4 drops Cardamom essential oil (Ellettaria cardamomum)
You can make these bath salts in a container that holds at least 4 oz (120 ml), or you can make them right in a jar (a great option if you’re giving holiday bath salts as gifts!) All you have to do is put your salt and castile soap in the jar, and stir in your essential oils with a stainless steel spoon.
Use about 1 oz (28 gm) in your bath. (You’ll get four baths out of this recipe.)
Since you are only using 1 oz of this blend per bath, your blend will have just one drop of Cardamon (balanced by 2 drops each of the skin nourishing Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils).
I like to use Frankincense and Myrrh in holiday bath salts for several reasons. First, they are amazing aromas that are often associated with the season. Many people get contemplative at this time of year, reflecting on the past 12 months and planning for the next 12. Some also take part in rituals or celebrations. Frankincense and Myrrh are excellent resin oils for meditation and ritual.
They’re also incredibly skin-friendly. They encourage cells to regenerate, reduce inflammation, nourish mature skin, and can even help scars to soften and heal. These protective, resinous oils are the perfect balance for warming, spicy Cardamom. (These three oils are great for respiratory support, too—another reason this is a great recipe for the holidays, when you might be around a lot of people!)