An Aromatic Thanksgiving


Among the many things I am reminded to be thankful for at Thanksgiving is the gift of aromatics. And, during this season, there are plenty of delicious scents to enjoy!

If you’ve ever had a cold, you probably noticed that the loss of your sense of smell had a huge impact on your sense of taste! That’s because it’s all connected. Try eating a piece of chocolate while holding your breath. You may be able to sense the sweetness or the bitterness, but without inhaling through your nose, you won’t be able to “taste” all the subtle intricacies and rich variations of the chocolate. See The Surprising Impact of Taste and Smell

pineconeTo enhance your celebration and the experience of your guests on Thanksgiving Day, consider using essential oils in your recipes as well as in your decorations!

Here, I’ve included a few ideas to get you started; but, keep in mind, you can mix and match your favorite scents. I’ve also included a recipe for one of our family favorites at the bottom of this page, our Cranberry Port Sauce infused with citrus and NingXia Red! It is amazing served over turkey or pork, but keep an eye on Grandpa…he may serve himself a whole bowl!

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Virginia Grace (a few years ago) painting our pumpkin place card holders. The clay can be scented with cinnamon essential oil for a special touch!

Aromatic Hostess Ideas

  • Use cinnamon and clove essential oil to scent pine cones, potpourri, or napkins.
  • Diffuse Thieves or Christmas Spirit during your celebration.
  • Set out bowls of Roasted Rosemary Pecans to keep hungry guests from fainting of hunger!
  • Make hand-crafted place cards or party favors using essential oils.
  • Put a few drops of Citrus Fresh, Thieves, or orange in your unscented hand soap.
  • Make a room spray for the bathroom using Young Living’s Christmas Spirit blend.
  • Place a dish of cinnamon flavored toothpicks on the table for your guests to enjoy after their meal.
  • Make individual bottles of breath spray for each guest as a fun and useful party favor! The peppermint freshens breath and may be helpful for the after-turkey tummy!
  • Whip up a batch of essential oil-infused Sugar Dust to serve with coffee or tea!
  • Set out a bowl of cinnamon or lemon infused Creme de la Creme for guests to enjoy with pie, muffins, cookies…or to simply eat with a spoon! Mmmmm…..

thanksgiving cranberry

Cranberry Port Wine Sauce

3 cups fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cup of evaporated cane juice or sugar
1 1/4 cup port wine
1/4 cup cold water
4 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
2 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade Orange essential oil
1-2 oz. NingXia Red

Combine cranberries, sugar, and port in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes or until cranberry skins pop. Combine water and cornstarch. Stir into cranberry mixture. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Allow to cool, then add essential oil and NingXia Red.

(This can be made ahead, frozen, refrigerated, reheated, or served cold.) Yield 2 cups.

sugar dustThis fun “Sugar Dust” is great to give as a party favor, a hostess gift, or placed into bowls for tea and coffee at dessert time! Again, remember to only use Young Living essential oils, since lower quality oils can be toxic!

Sugar Dust

  • 1 C. evaporated cane juice (or sugar)
  • 20 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oil (lemon, cinnamon, orange, tangerine, or peppermint)
  • Mix in a mason jar and store until needed

And don’t forget to have Digize and Essentialzyme in stock in case more than the turkey gets stuffed!


To get started using therapeutic-grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit & get personalized help from me! Click here to shop!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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