MAKE YOUR OWN NATURAL HOME SCENT WITH FRUIT
Ahh, the fresh smell of spring air, the promise of vitality and cleanliness, the smell of flowers — it's finally almost spring! There are many ways to bring those scents into your home, and the best and easiet don't involve harsh artificial or chemical scents. Here is one way to freshen the air in your home to make it smell like the most inviting season using natural ingredients like citrus and ginger.
Citrus, sliced -- lemons, oranges, limes
Herbs -- rosemary, thyme, & bay leaves
Spices-- whole cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg
Ginger (fresh or powdered)
Extracts--vanilla, almond, mint
Slice ingredients and use a mason jar, container, or pot to combine scent waters. Add ingredients to a container, cover with water, and choose your warming method:
--simmer on stove top, topping off with more water as it evaporates
--add heated mixture to a slow cooker something similar that will keep mixture heated. Preheat waters to a boil (in microwave or on stove top). As water evaporates, always top it off with HOT water to keep the temperature as high as possible. Higher heat = more fragrance.
HERE ARE OTHER FRAGRANT COMBINATIONS:
1. Orange, Cinnamon & Spice. 1 orange, 2 cinnamon sticks (or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon), 1/2 tablespoon whole cloves (or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves), 1/2 tablespoon whole allspice (or 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice), 1 anise star (optional)
2. Lemon, Rosemary & Vanilla. 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 2 lemons, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
3. Lime, Thyme, Mint & Vanilla. 3 limes, 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, 1/2 teaspoon mint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
4. Orange, Ginger, & Almond. 1 orange (or peel from 2 oranges), one 4" finger of ginger, sliced (or 1 tsp ground ginger), 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
5. Pine, Bay Leaves, & Nutmeg. Handful of pine twigs or needles, 4 bay leaves, 1 whole nutmeg, outer layer grated into mixture.
Scented waters may be refrigerated between uses. Reuse for 2-3 days, or as long as they still have a pleasant fragrance.
They will immediately begin to scent your kitchen and spread to other rooms. How far the scent spreads depends on the size and layout of your house. We suggest making enough to place small mason jars in places in each room as scent stations to enjoy the aroma throughout your home. For a stronger scent, simply double or triple the recipe in a larger pot on the stove.