Autumn Aromatherapy

By Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT

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This is my favorite time of the whole year! With October comes cooler temperatures, autumn breezes, dynamic color, shorter days, longer nights, and the changing of the season.  It is a time of celebration of the harvest; a period to reflect on all the blessings in your life and have gratitude. It also means the holidays are right around the corner. No matter what your spiritual path, for many of us our holiday celebrations and festivities involve indulgence, often of the food kind. This autumn, in addition to feasting on candies, cookies, cakes, and pies, treat your other senses!

Smells, scents, and aromas evoke moods and memories and can be a feast for the soul. Nothing smells more like autumn to me than a blend of spice oils and fruit oils. Experiment with different combinations of nutmeg, cinnamon, cassia, clove, anise, fennel, cardamom, ginger, bay, allspice, sage, vanilla, orange, tangerine, mandarin, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and bergamot. (Please remember, some of the spice oils can be hot and caustic to the skin, so let’s focus on using them in diffusers, mists and sprays, and other inhalation therapies instead of applying to the skin.) Here are some of my favorite autumn aroma ideas. Enjoy!

Autumn Aromatherapy Room Spray

1 drop of cinnamon essential oil 1 drop of vanilla essential oil
2 drops of cardamom essential oil
3 drops of clove
4 drops of orange essential oil
(Drops are per ounce of water. So for a 2 ounce spray bottle double the recipe, for 4 ounces multiple the recipe by 4, etc.)

To make a room mist in a spray bottle, start by adding a teaspoon of vodka or witch hazel on the bottom of your bottle (this acts as an emulsifier and mixes the oil into water since oils are hydrophobic.) Then drop your essential oils into the bottle using about ten total drops of oils per ounce of water. Then fill up your bottle with water (I like to use natural spring water or distilled water). To finalize, I like to hold the bottle to my heart and intentionalize it by giving the blend a name.

Ghost or Pumpkin Sachets:

¼ cup whole fennel seeds
¼ cup whole black peppercorns
¼ cup whole star anise
A few drops each of ginger essential oil, orange essential oil, and cinnamon essential oil
Square piece of white fabric for ghost or orange for pumpkin
Strand of ribbon or twine

Mix spices together then sprinkle with essential oils. Mix well. Place mixture in center of fabric square, and draw up the corners to form a ball. Tie with ribbon or string and trim the excess fabric as needed. Flip upside down for a ghost and keep right-side up for a pumpkin. Draw or paint two eyes and a mouth for the ghost or a spooky face for the pumpkin. Hang your sachet with fishing line or monofilament. Make more than one to have a ghostly army!

Gratitude Ritual Candle

Take a tea light candle and anoint the candle and wick with any combination of spice and/or fruit oils you feel drawn to. Use one drop per oil. Then as you light the candle with a match state to the universe your positive wishes and what you are grateful for. Let it burn until the candle goes out on its own.  

Aroma Spice Potpourri
1 cup mixed whole cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks
1 cup dried orange rind peelings
10 drops each of orange, clove, nutmeg, & cassia (or cinnamon) essential oil

Mix the spices and orange rinds together and then drop the essential oils over the mixture stirring well. Place the spice/oil mix in a fancy dish and place on the counter or on a table to fragrance the room. Refresh the mixture with the essential oils as needed.

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About Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach: Christina is a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and leading aromatherapy professional and teacher in the Midwest. She has been professionally using aromatherapy for over 16 years. Christina is frequently interviewed for magazines and radio shows regarding aromatherapy. She combines science with intuition. For more info, please visit:

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