Welcome Fall with Aromatherapy

We can feel it in the air…fall is on the way! But cooler days, dry winds and diminishing daylight can also make this a season of transition for us physically and mentally. That’s where aromatherapy comes in. A few drops of pure essential oils in a diffuser, blended into a natural soy candle or mixed with a soothing lotion can make all the difference in how you feel. We checked in with Sean Shrum at our Los Gatos store for some tips on how aromatherapy can help you embrace the transition to fall.

When fall leaves and dry, windy days trigger allergens

Choose anti-inflammatory essential oils to help fight symptoms.

Spring isn’t the only season for allergy symptoms. Ragweed and mold spores from decaying leaves are common fall allergens. Dust mites can also get stirred up when your heat is turned on for the first time. To clear stuffy noses and breathe easier, try diffusing essential oils that have anti-inflammatory properties, like peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary or tea tree oils from Pharmaca. One of Sean’s favorite remedies: a blend of peppermint essential oil with detoxifying Garden of Life Sweet Orange Essential Oil.

And these days, essential oil diffusers are not just functional; the latest designs are perfect for complementing your home décor. We love the simple look of the Greenair Serene Living Amber Glass and Gaiam Aromatherapy Diffusers; for kids, choose a playful version like the Jax the Frog from Greenair.

When shorter days and getting back into the school/work routine can affect our mood

Choose uplifting and energizing essential oils, or enliven the season with spicy scents.

Citrusy scents are really good at reviving our spirits. Fill your space with fresh scents with long-lasting and clean-burning candles like Tru Melange Bergamot & Lime Glass Soy Candle or Aloha Bay Chakra Energy Candle Jar – Protection with refreshing bergamot, lime and grapefruit essential oils.

If you can’t wait for cool temperatures and seasonal holidays, celebrate fall with a plant-based candle from Sanari in Biscotti, a warming blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and honey (it makes the perfect hostess gift, too!).

When less daylight and switching to standard time disrupts sleep patterns

Choose grounding and calming essential oils to decompress.

When Daylight Savings Time ends in November, the time change can interfere with our ability to get a good night’s rest. Aromatherapy can help our bodies adjust more quickly, says Sean. To help feel grounded after a hectic day, try Rosemary (especially if you have tension headaches) and Oregano Essential Oils from NOW.

Before bedtime, switch to a lavender essential oil, which is scientifically proven to improve sleep quality. Add a few drops to a warm bath, or mix it with a massage oil and rub on your neck and temples. Men also find Rose Absolute Essential Oil to be especially soothing.

When dry air and indoor heating makes skin flaky and itchy

Choose soothing essential oils blended with moisturizing carrier lotions.

Dry air robs skin of moisture, so removing dead skin cells and replenishing moisture is essential come fall. Exfoliate your face with gentle natural botanicals like the oat and almond powder found in White & Elm Exfoliating MicroGrains or S.W. Basics Exfoliant. For an all-over skin-smoothing body polish, try Trilogy Exfoliating Body Balm, which features nourishing rosehip oil and finely ground rosehip seeds.

After exfoliating, revive skin with rich moisturizers like Pharmaca Ultra Moisturizer or Shea Terra Organics Nilotik Shea Butter—they’re unscented, so perfect for blending with essential oils that reduce skin irritation and redness like Dr. Mercola Geranium and Lavender.