Essential Oils for Autumn


We have been using essential oils as a holistic part of our family’s Daily Rhythm for a few years now. You don’t quite understand how energetically powerful they are until you start using them on a regular basis. We use them in many ways. We have a small diffuser in each bedroom as well as one we rotate through living spaces, we add them to our homemade cleaning products, we add a few drops to homemade lotions, perfumes and bugspray and we also add them to our homemade saltdough.

I usually change our essential oil rhythm each season- swapping out scents to create mood and to prepare for the shift in bodily energy and function.

Note to Everyone: I am not a certified aromatherapist and many oils (eg. Clove Bud, Eucalyptus etc. Are not recommended for use around young children. Please do your research and understand proper dillution ratios in order to use these oils safely with your family. Some oils below are not safe for use on the body. Again, this information is meant as inspiration to get you thinking about scent combinations. Please do the research needed to decide which scents are appropriate for your family’s ages and what oils you can use safely and how.


Essential Oils for Harvest Time through to Late Autumn:

  • Cinnamon Bark – lifts spirits, stimulates the immune system, antiviral
  • Clove Bud – anti-inflammatory, boosts energy, kills mold and fungus
  • Ginger – soothes upset tummies and aids in digestion, gives courage, natural expectorant
  • Wild Orange – supports immune function, lifts spirits, grounding & calming
  • Frankincense – stimulates immune system, stress reliever, relief from coughing
  • Rosemary – pain relief, lowers cortisol levels, improves memory
  • Eucalyptus – anti-septic, anti-bacterial, decongestant and expectorant

Fragrant Fall Essential Oil Combinations

Sweet Spice

Cinnamon Bark + Ginger + Wild Orange

Wild Spice

Cinnamon Bark + Ginger + Clove Bud


Cinnamon Bark + Clove Bud + Frankincense + Wild Orange


Eucalyptus + Rosemary + Cinnamon Bark + Clove Bud

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.