One of my favorite parts of the Fall season is the smell of the spices and flavors. But who wants to spend hours cooking in the kitchen to fill your home with the amazing scents of Fall? Whenever I’m in the mood to channel the feel of Fall, I use some of my favorite essential oils to create customized Fall diffuser blends.
They leave my home smelling like I’ve been baking all day! And here’s the best part: These incredible-smelling oils come with a host of health benefits. From fighting infections to aiding digestion to promoting healthy blood sugar maintenance, let’s dive into some of the top benefits of my favorite autumn-inspired oils and the best blends you’ll love to use in your diffuser.
So, what essential oils are good for Fall? Here are four of my favorite oils to use in Fall diffuser blends, along with some of their top research-backed benefits.
Numerous studies have shown that cinnamon oil contains anti-bacterial properties. In fact, one study showed that when combined with clove oil (another one of my favorite oils to use during the Fall), it was effective against different bacterial strains.  Another study investigated the antimicrobial activity of cinnamon oil against fluconazole-resistant Candida (yeast). The researchers found that the properties in cinnamon actually did help improve the Candida outbreak. 
Cinnamon is also known for its lipid-lowering, insulin balancing, and anti-inflammatory effects, making cinnamon oil a well-rounded, health-boosting oil that’s great to use year-round.
This spicy-smelling oil is one I typically incorporate into my Fall diffuser blends due to its many health benefits. First, it contains both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, having shown beneficial effects against certain strains linked to respiratory infections.  Researchers found it was effective when it was administered as a vapor. 
Clove oil is also commonly used to help reduce pain. In fact, a 2006 study of more than 70 adults found that applying clove gel before dental procedures significantly reduced pain. The researchers even noted that they believed clove gel could potentially replace benzocaine (a common dental numbing agent). 
Finally, clove oil has shown promise as a digestive aid. A study published in 2011 revealed that clove oil displayed gastroprotective activity in animals. As a result, the researchers believed that clove oil could serve as a potential treatment for gastric ulcers and other digestive issues. 
Ginger is another oil I love to use in my Fall diffuser blends. Why? Well, it not only offers a sweet, spicy smell, but it delivers some great health benefits. Ginger has long been known to aid in digestive health—specifically useful in fighting nausea. And a 2013 study confirmed that ginger oil is effective in fighting nausea and even reduced the need for anti-nausea medications post-surgery. 
Interestingly, ginger also shows promise as a therapeutic agent for asthma. A study showed that ginger has the ability to relax the smooth muscle in the airway, which may help provide quick relief to those experiencing asthma attacks. 
All of my Fall diffuser blends contain a citrus note, and orange is the perfect pairing during this time of year. This sweet-smelling oil not only delivers a “clean” smelling home, but it also contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. In fact, one study showed that orange oil was able to stop the spread of the bacteria strain Salmonella.  And another in vitro and in vivo study found that orange oil was able to fight off several different types of fungi. 
Another major benefit of orange oil—and perhaps one of my favorite— is its ability to fight anxiety and depression. A 2015 study revealed that orange oil actually has the ability to lessen anxiety. In the study, women in labor who inhaled orange oil reported less anxiety than those who didn’t. 
Now it’s time to dive into the fun part—revealing my top three Fall diffuser blends! These are so easy, and they smell so amazing that you’ll be running them in your diffuser all season long. And all the while, you’ll know you’re doing something healthy for your body and mind. If that’s not a win-win, I don’t know what is.
Here are my top three Fall diffuser blends:
2-3 drops cinnamon oil
2-3 drops clove oil
2-3 drops ginger oil
2-3 drops orange oil
2 drops cinnamon oil
2 drops nutmeg oil
1-2 drops ginger oil
1-2 drops orange oil
1 drop clove oil
3 drops orange oil
2 drops cinnamon oil
2 drops clove oil
Other oils I like to use in my Fall diffuser blends include:
Once you’ve tried out my Fall diffuser blends, exercise your creativity and try out some blends of your own. Some essential oils have sweet, light notes while others have heavier, darker, or spicy notes. So, give some thought as to what might pair well together (I like to use my favorite dishes as inspiration) and have fun with it!