Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Autumn
As the warmer weather disappears and we emerge into cooler fall temperatures, we find ourselves spending more time indoors. It takes a lot of plant material to produce essential oils, so I don't recommend diffusing oils just to make your home smell "nice," and I don't recommend running a diffuser continuously. Having said that, the safe, moderate use of essential oils has the potential to benefit our mood and make the transition into cooler, darker days a bit easier.
Below, you will find a selection of diffuser blends that are nicely suited for diffusion during Autumn and cooler seasons. To keep things simple and more affordable, each blend intentionally uses only 3 essential oils and includes substitutions when possible.
Everyone can respond to essential oils and blends differently. These blends are offered as a starting point and as inspiration in discovering the blends that you will love and enjoy the most during Autumn.
- Select one of the essential oil diffuser recipe blends shown below.
- Create the blend by adding the proper amount of each essential oil to a dark-colored glass bottle.
- Each recipe consists a total of only ten drops that you don't waste much essential oil if you find that you don't like the blend.
- Once you try the blend and confirm that you enjoy it and find it beneficial, you can double or triple the batch. However, when adding the blend to your diffuser, do not exceed the number of drops suitable for use in your particular brand and model diffuser.
Essential oils must be used with care. These blends are intended for diffuser use by adults. Less is more with essential oils. These blends are undiluted and some blends contain essential oils that can be phototoxic and irritating to the skin. They should not be applied topically. Be sure to follow all safety precautions and always research the safety info and contraindications for each essential oil that you are considering working with.
- Add 1-3 drops of one of the below blends to your diffuser.
- Every diffuser is different, so refer to the manufacturer's instructions that came with your diffuser to know how many drops is appropriate to add to your particular diffuser. Thicker essential oils and citrus oils must be carefully used in particular types of diffuser models including atomizing and ultrasonic diffusers. Check the instructions that come with your diffuser for specific information.
Essential Oil Diffuser Blend for Autumn #1
- 3 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
(Substitutions: Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil or Cassia Bark Essential Oil)
- 1 drop Nutmeg Essential Oil
(Substitution: Ginger Essential Oil)
- 6 drops Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil
(Substitutions: Tangerine Essential Oil or Sweet Orange Essential Oil)
With its warmth and aroma, Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is a wonderful oil to diffuse, in moderation, during cooler temperatures. However, it's a very pungent oil, and you'll notice that this blend calls for only 3 drops. If you don't have Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil on hand, you can substitute Cinnamon Leaf or Cassia Bark oils. The aroma of these two alternatives isn't quite as delightful in my opinion, but they are more affordable options that will still work nicely in this blend. Nutmeg combines beautifully with the cinnamon, but it is another oil where too much can dramatically overpower a blend. With the image of falling leaves gliding to the ground, Virginian Cedarwood Oil came to mind as the oil to soften this beautiful fall blend. If you're not a fan of Virginian Cedarwood or don't have it on hand, you could instead substitute Tangerine or Sweet Orange. I didn't list Atlas Cedarwood as a substitute option because it is endangered and I suggest using Atlas Cedarwood only when necessary for therapeutic or spiritual blends.
Essential Oil Diffuser Blend for Autumn #2
This is such a fun, happy, Autumn blend. With its lemony notes, this would also be a lovely blend to use during the transition between summer to fall. Having said that, it is also a cheerful blend that some may find helpful on gloomy winter days. I especially prefer ginger oils that are steam distilled from the fresh root instead of the dried. Oil distilled from the fresh root is much sweeter and pleasant than Ginger Oil distilled from the dried root. A touch of Clove Oil is added to complement the Ginger and Lemon oils. It gives this blend an added touch of warmth and spice.
Essential Oil Diffuser Blend for Autumn #3
- 4 drops Coriander Essential Oil
(Substitution: Cardamom Essential Oil)
- 2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
- 4 drops Lime Essential Oil
This blend features the sweet spiciness of Coriander Seed Essential Oil. When blended with a touch of Nutmeg Oil and Lime Oil, it creates an uplifting, happy fall blend that isn't quite your typical warm-spicy Autumn blend. If you don't have Lime Oil on hand, you could try substituting most any other citrus essential oil to see what you think.
Essential Oil Diffuser Blend for Autumn #4
- 2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
(Substitution: Vetiver Essential Oil)
- 3 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
(Substitution: Amyris Essential Oil)
- 5 drops Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil
For Autumn, I wanted a blend that symbolized the earthy, woody, leafy aroma of raking leaves on a crisp, cool sunny day. This blend features Sandalwood Oil (please make sure you are working with sustainably sourced Sandalwood Oil) and Virginian Cedarwood Oils. I added a hint of Patchouli Oil to enhance the earthy characteristics of the blend. Vetiver Oil may be substituted for the Patchouli Oil if desired. I didn't list Atlas Cedarwood as a substitute option for the Virginian Cedarwood Oil because it is endangered and I suggest using Atlas Cedarwood only when necessary for therapeutic or spiritual blends.
Essential Oil Diffuser Blend for Autumn #5
- 3 drops Rosemary ct Cineole or Verbenone Essential Oil
- 3 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
(Substitution: Pink Peppercorn Essential Oil)
- 6 drops Black Spruce Essential Oil
(Substitutions: Siberian Fir Essential Oil or Hemlock Spruce Essential Oil)
I created this blend to serve as a more energizing blend that highlights the crisp aromas of Rosemary and Black Spruce Oils that are heated up just a touch by the addition of Black Pepper Oil. This is a lovely blend to try if you don't like the traditional seasonal aromas of Cinnamon, Nutmeg or Clove. This is an especially nice blend to try diffusing on fall days where it might be sprinkling or snowing a bit.
Why Don't I Name My Recipes or Essential Oil Blends?
I normally don't name my blends on AromaWeb, but I know a lot of people prefer to work with blends that have names. A potential problem with naming my blends is that I'd hate to accidentally infringe on someone else's blend name or trademarked name. It would take me hours of added work to doublecheck to see if any of the names I chose were already in use. And in no way am I trying to intentionally mimic any blends that someone else has created.
More Information About Essential Oils for Autumn
For details and for a few more seasonal blend ideas, see AromaWeb's Guide to Essential Oils for Autumn.
Sources for More Information About the Essential Oils Used In These Blends
- Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy Third Edition Volume 1 - Foundations & Materia Medica (Brisbane Australia: Black Pepper Creative, 2018).
- Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016.
- Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele, Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Toronto ON: Robert Rose, 2014).
- Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014).
General Safety Information
These recipes are offered for educational purposes only. Before using any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications.