St. Patrick’s Day is not only celebrated in Ireland, or by people claiming Irish ancestry. It is a legendary occasion enjoyed by everyone in North America, too. I love to get in the spirit for any and all holidays and special occasions. I think it’s become more of a ‘thing’ since I’ve become a mother and kids love all of this excitement (from crafts to treats to dress-up, you name it…). So! I just get in the spirit, and have some fun with it, too. Diffusing essential oils on St. Patrick’s Day can be both fun and therapeutic!
As an oily person, St. Patrick’s Day means “green” colored and themed essential oils. I’ve curated a few fun “green” themed essential oils that you may or may not already have in your stock pile of oils. I invite you to put your festive hat on and diffuse something different this March 17th.
What Is St. Patrick’s Day Anyway?
St. Patrick’s Day is being celebrated on March seventeenth every year. Historically, it is a day for commemorating the beginning of Christianity in Ireland and the death of St. Patrick, an Irish Christian patron that preached in the 5th century. He was born around 390 A.D in Britain to Christian parents. As a teenager, St. Patrick was later kidnapped to Ireland where he worked as a slave. Today, he is renowned for abolishing the traditional religions of the Irish people and converting the people to Christianity. During his teachings, he explained the Holy trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit using the three leaves of a shamrock, which is still the symbol of St. Patrick’s Day today. He died on March 17, 461 A.D. ¹
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How People Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t be surprised if you see your friends and neighbors drinking green beer or parading around the neighborhood fully dressed in green. They are just in the mood for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! There will be sing-a-long live bands, Irish film festivals, and random merriment at Irish bars and pubs in cities around the country. Furthermore, St. Patrick’s Day hosts entertainment performances including impersonators of Irish Elvis Presley, marching bands, bagpipe bands, and parades with millions of citizens witnessing this annual holiday.
Children may like to try and trap one of the mysterious St. Paddy’s Day leprechauns (pictured).
You may be wondering and saying, ‘Do I have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?’ Absolutely not! It is celebrated everywhere in the United States of America with hilarious parades and entertaining dances.
Essential Oils for St. Patrick’s Day
Many people like to prominently display the color green on St. Patrick’s Day. Have you ever “gone green”? Do you wear green clothes, accessories, drink green beer or eat holiday-themed “green” finger foods or cupcakes at a house party? I have!
As an oily person, stay in this “green” spirit and try diffusing green colored oils, too. It’s fun! It’ll add soothing relaxation to your home at the end of the day, while bringing the spirit of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration home. Try one of my St. Patrick’s Day essential oil blend combinations and enjoy fresh, minty, and spicy celebration. Who knows, you might just discover a new favorite blend of essential oils altogether!
Some of the essential oils I use on St. Patrick’s Day are:
- Silver Fir Essential Oil: Kick out the winter cold during St. Patrick’s Day celebration by setting up an aromatherapy steam inhalation bowl with White Fir essential oil and breathing the warm aromatic vapor. It cleanses your lungs and respiratory tract, improves breathing, and aids sinusitis. It smells a lot like snow-laden tree branches out in the forest.
- Peppermint Essential Oil: After long hours of parades, dances, eating and drinking, massage peppermint essential oil (diluted) onto your belly in circular motions, and on the neck or head to ease headaches, general stress and pains from your body.
- Spearmint Essential Oil: Get the milder minty scent of spearmint essential oil and inhale the invigorating aroma. It can help to calm your bowels after a St. Patrick’s Day party gone out of hand.
- Lime Essential Oil: Calm down the anxiety and restlessness before and during St. Patrick’s Day celebration by diffusing Lime essential oil in your home. You will also enjoy a warm, positive, and enthusiastic aroma.
- Lemongrass Essential Oil: A personal favorite, Lemongrass’ cleansing aroma is sure to uplift your spirits and chase away and unpleasant after-party smells from your home.
- Bergamot Essential Oil: Are you in need of a green oil that can last throughout your planned St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Get bergamot essential oil into your diffuser and benefit from its lively, energetic, and stimulating aroma to uplift your mind before (or after!) any possible stressful parades.
- Rosemary Essential Oil: De-stress after the festive period by rolling Rosemary essential oil (diluted) on your chests, wrists, and on your neck to calm your nerves and nervous system. It also does well in an essential oils massage for muscle aches or tired feet. After a tiresome parade filled with singing and dancing during this Irish holiday, give your body a special treat by massaging Rosemary oil (diluted) into your muscles.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Apply Eucalyptus essential oil (diluted) on your neck and spine during winter or spring for fresher and more clear sinuses and nasal passages, especially during (or after a vigorous) St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It is also advisable to use the oil as a chest rub after blending with your favorite carrier oils to clear up any throat and chest congestion.
- Pine Essential Oil: Give your household an invigorating and refreshing fragrance during St. Patrick’s Day celebration by diffusing Pine essential oil in your house. On it’s own, Pine essential oil smells quite strong, so blend it with something lighter like Lime or Lemongrass to mellow the punch.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil: A perfect example of a super woody smelling oil, tea tree is also a strong component in any essential oils blend. Make sure to only use a little bit, otherwise the scent becomes overpowering.
Diffuser Blends for St. Patrick’s Day
- 3 drops Rosemary
- 2 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Lime
- 4 drops Spearmint
- 2 drops Eucalyptus
- 2 drops Silver Fir
- 2 drops Lime
- 4 drops Rosemary
- 2 drops Lemongrass
Pot of Gold
- 3 drops Bergamot
- 2 drops Eucalyptus
- 1 drop Tea Tree
- 1 drop Lavender
- 2 drops Lime
- 4 drops Sweet Marjoram
- 3 drops Pine