One thing that most people can agree on when it comes to the holidays is that the smells are amazing. When you walk into a home and the holiday smells surround you, you’re instantly taken back to your favorite fall and winter memories. But did you know that some of those air fresheners and candles can be filled with toxins? Always choose the natural and safest options for you and your family to create that holiday atmosphere easily and naturally at home.
However, because you’re busy, don’t feel like you need to bake all day to make it happen. Instead, here are a few simple ways to cheat the process, to keep it easy, safe, and just as delicious.
For starters, make your own Simmering Potpourri. It’s quick and easy:
In a small saucepan add:
- 1 cut up or sliced orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half (releases the fragrance better than the powder)
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- 1 – 2 teaspoons cloves (whole or ground)
- 1 – 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 2 – 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 – 2 teaspoons vanilla
Fill with water to about 1 inch below the rim (you could also use apple juice or cider). Place your pot on the stove and set it to simmer. Soon, your house will smell like the joyous season you love. And the bonus is you can enjoy it as a tea. Just sweeten as needed.
Other Natural Holiday Scent Ideas
Cinnamon: Place cinnamon sticks in little jars around the house. You can toss a couple cloves, rosemary, and even sprigs of fir to the mix for an added fragrance boost. Tie a gold or scarlet ribbon around the jar, and you’ll finish it with style.
Clove: Diffuse clove oil in an essential oil diffuser.
Coffee: Keep small dishes of coffee beans near your doors and walkways to keep a feeling of warmth and freshness.
Orange: As you use oranges in your meals, throw the peels in the garbage disposal for that citrus burst in the home. You can also add our Citrus-Infused Eucalyptus Oil to your diffuser with cloves for a balanced smell.
Setting the mood for the holidays with natural smells is easy. It’s about combining sweet with spicy and warm.
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