August 24, 2017
Is it possible to scent your home without air sprays, scented candles, or plug-in warmers? It is! Whenever I walk into the air care aisle at the grocery store, all those artificially- scented products make my head start to pound. I don’t think that it’s one specific scent that bothers me. Instead, I believe it’s being exposed to all of those artificial scents all at once. I’m far from unique: I have several friends who are allergic to synthetic fragrances. Thankfully, there are natural ways to scent your home without air sprays.
There is nothing I love more than the scent of fresh flowers. In the spring, we bring in lilacs cut from our trees. There are quite a few fragrant flowers that you can enjoy including gardenias, roses, jasmine, and peonies. Pick them from your own yard if you grow them, or visit your local florist or garden shop for cut flowers.
Potpourri is a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices will give your home a floral and spicy scent. I like to add a scoop of potpourri to a small pot with about a cup of water and simmer on low, and the scent fills the entire house. (Be sure to keep an eye on the water level in the pot). I use different potpourri mixtures depending on the season. During the winter holidays, I use balsam needles, apple peels, citrus peels, cinnamon sticks, and cloves for a festive scent.
Unlike artificial fragrances and fragrance oils, essential oils are distilled directly from plants and are natural. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your diffuser or just place a drop or two directly on a cotton ball and hide somewhere in the room. Either way, there are hundreds of different types of essential oils to choose from. A few of my favorite essential oils for air care are lavender, rose, peppermint, cinnamon, and lemon grass. You can even place the cotton ball in your car for long lasting natural fragrance when you’re running errands.
One of my favorite scents is vanilla. Did you know that you can buy artificially-scented sugar cookie candles? Instead, bake a batch of sugar cookies and enjoy the smell that way. A few other popular food scents are apple crisp, pumpkin pie, birthday cake, freshly baked bread, and maple syrup.
No matter what your favorite scents are, there are many ways to enjoy it naturally.