Purchase Scented Pine Cones
A popular tradition around the holidays is keeping scented pine cones in a bowl or around the house. Typically they are sold smelling like cinnamon, but many shoppers can’t stand the smell. In that case, you’re in luck! Scented pine cones are very easy to make. First, clean the pine cones to the best of your ability. If you use water, make sure they completely dry before taking the next steps. Make a mixture of water and your favorite essential oils, one or more, and spritz them liberally. Keep them in a plastic bag for the next 24 hours to set the scent.
Give your Home a Signature Scent this Holiday
Here’s an even easier suggestion, that’s light on the wallet. You can distribute a scent throughout your home in a number of ways, so why not do them all? Choose one scent that you love. An easy, agreeable scent is vanilla. Then, purchase candles, scented plug-ins, reed diffusers and oil, and any other scent facilitator you can think of and place them around the home practically. When placing these items throughout the home, think about babies and children that might be visiting for the holidays and keep them out of reach.
Make a Pomander
Pomanders have been around for centuries to fight odors in the home! They can be a fun craft to do with the children, and serve a purpose effectively. Purchase some apples and/or oranges and plenty of fresh whole cloves. Once home, poke the cloves into the fruits in any design you like! The cloves act as small reeds to distribute the scent of the fruit! You can take your scent creation a step further by rolling the fruit in an additional mixture of any essential oils you love.
More Essential Oil Uses
Essential oils are sweeping the nation with their holistic physical and mental health benefits. This holiday season is the perfect excuse to get into them. Peppermint has a wide variety of medicinal uses, but doubles as a holiday scent because when sprayed around the home, it smells like candy canes. You can purchase a essential oil diffuser that plugs into an outlet, or just make a home spray in a medium sized squirt bottle.
Pine is another scent that people love around the holidays. This is why real Christmas trees are so popular! You can purchase pine in an essential oil, or decorate your home with fresh pine greenery. This can be in the form of a tree, garlands, or wreaths. Call your local nurseries or tree farms to see if they carry these products, or make them on your own!
Simmer Pot Recipes
It’s fun to distribute a scent through the home on the stove top. Hundreds of recipes for combining water, fruits, herbs, and spices and warming them on the stove can be found Google. Not only is it comforting to your nose, but it’s appealing to the eyes as well.