My Favorite Essential Oil Blends For Fall

Heather Dessinger

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I wasn’t exactly expecting sage wisdom as my husband and I prepared to plant Elderberry Hill  – the sloped grove of elderberry bushes just north of our orchard – but it came anyway. While we were choosing which cuttings to plant and dreaming of homemade elderberry syrup, a farmer friend suggested that I reconsider all the gorgeous, leafy trimmings I’d selected.

Those plants I thought were duds? Turns out they were up to something.

While many of the cuttings focused their energy on big, outward growth, others were quietly developing longer, thicker roots – the kind that can tap deep into the earth for nourishment when things get hard. 

If they could talk, I’ll bet they’d agree with the saying that goes:

Nothing in nature blooms all year. Be patient with yourself.”

This fall, you’ll find me choosing to nourish my roots – reading my childhood favorites to my littles under cozy blankets, sipping chai tea (and maybe a pumpkin spice latte or ten) while I work on home projects, and being okay with the fact that not all personal growth is obvious at first.

And yes, I’ll be diffusing these fall essential oil blends and simmering stovetop potpourri like this is the last autumn ever, because after all it is the last one that will be exactly like this. I love how they make every day feel a bit like a cozy, laid-back holiday – even while I’m doing laundry!

They can be placed in a diffuser or mixed in a glass spray bottle to use as a room spray. The diffuser featured in the photo is currently unavailable, but you can get this space saving diffuser with a larger reservoir or this USB powered diffuser that’s great for bedrooms.

I hope these blends remind you of the best of past years, and inspire you find beauty in this one. Also, I’ve included instructions for making these blends into a room spray at the bottom of the post. Much love and happy fall!


Essential Oil Blends For Fall

Safety note: All the recipes below are considered appropriate to diffuse around children that are six months or older. In general, it’s best not to diffuse essential oils around babies that are younger than six months old.

For more information, check out this guide on using essential oils safely with babies and children.

Autumn Wreath


I’m going to be straight with you. In general I find the scent of ginger essential oil repulsive, but when blended with cinnamon and nutmeg it smells delightfully like freshly baked gingerbread cookies.

Also, because ginger and cinnamon leaf are very strong scents, I’ve kept the total amount of drops in this blend low. However, depending on your diffuser and the size of your room you may want to double it.

French Vanilla Latte

This blend incorporates the rich aroma of coffee beans with notes of sweet vanilla.

Citrus Forest

Fine, I admit it. I listen to holiday music when I’m stressed (even if it’s July), and I’ve been using this blend and imagining myself snuggled up by a fire with a mountain view since around then. Douglas fir is one of my all-time favorite essential oils, and it pairs so well with citrus.


“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

Crisp Mountain Air

This blend is similar to Autumn Wreath, but with a deeper woodsy scent and a hint of citrus.

Chai Tea

You know what goes perfect with this blend? This real chai tea that’s infused with adaptogens for immune and stress support.

Mulled Cider

Tip: If you love this recipe and your kids are over five, you can create a delightful variation by replacing the ginger with star anise essential oil. It smells amazing.

Turning Leaves

How To Make A Room Spray With These Blends

First, increase double or triple the recipe as needed so that you have 20-25 total drops. Add those drops to 2 tablespoons of vodka and stir, then pour into an 8 ounce glass spray bottle. Fill the rest with water and shake before using.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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29 thoughts on “My Favorite Essential Oil Blends For Fall”

    • I do! The bluefiret diffuser is the one in the photo, but the milk glass diffuser on Amazon is actually my favorite one that I use most often. I love the style and it does a really good job of diffusing in larger rooms.

  1. If you use water how long will the room spray be good for ? i was told water might reduce the effectiveness of the spray or make it turn bad

  2. This might be a silly question but I just mixed up some nighttime spray for my kids yesterday and did not add vodka to the bottle, if I add it now will it still help? Thanks!

  3. I’ve been buying my essential oils from Walgreens for $5 each. Do you have an opinion on the difference in quality of oils? I know someone who just spent $50 on the same bottle I got for $5. I would love your opinion on it! 🙂 I don’t know if I’m ready to make that kind of investment yet. Thanks!

    • Just make sure you are not buying a synthetic fragrance. You don’t want to even breathe that into your lungs or apply it to your skin. A therapeutic grade oil used to support the body functions will be more expensive. Because you are paying for a specific chemical compound range. Citrus oils are usually the most economical. Lemon. Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, etc – they are cleansing and emotionally uplifting. Since the oil is taken from the outside of the fruit the processing is less expensive.

  4. Thanks so much for these amazing blends! I have a handmade soap business, and I generally like to use essential oils to scent my soaps. I’ll bet some of these blends would make fantastic soap (looking at you, Chai Tea!).

  5. Ive always used Patchouli and Frankincense together but never thought of adding in Douglas Fir and Orange. Guess what ill be trying today?!

    Thanks for the blend ideas!

  6. I can’t wait to try some of these blends in my diffusers. I have already made some similar blends of my own, but you have some other great ones… I can already smell the holiday goodness :)!

  7. Will vanilla oleoresin clog up the air or attract dust the way a candle would? Or if used with an air purifying oil would it hinder the purification? I just don’t want it to leave a nasty film like my candles used to. Thank you

    • I don’t use reed diffusers very often, but in the past what has worked best for me was to pour the essential oils in some vodka/rubbing alcohol and mix until dispersed, then add water and place reeds in the container.

  8. 5 stars
    Through just smelling and having a blend with it in it, I have discovered that I can’t stand patchouli!
    I planned to just leave it out of the “Turning Leaves” but wondered it you have a suggestion for replacing it?
    I know, I know, so many just LOVE it. NOT me! I even had a roll on and didn’t read the ingredients. Got home, rolled some on and …phwew!!! Yuck. THEN I read the ingredients, and voila!!! Patchouli. Gave it away.
    Just FYI: LOTS of comments that have not been answered.

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