I found these recipes circulating on the internet and just had to share them with you! Now that cooler temperatures are upon us and we’re firing up the woodstoves, a steamer pot full of rich, natural potpourri is a wonderful treat for the senses. Scent is such a powerful connector, linking us to people, places and events and is a simple way to create a warm, inviting atmosphere in your home. Now, if you don’t heat with wood, don’t fret! You can always use a kettle on low heat on the back of the stove or an Aromatherapy Electric Simmering Pot. I love these electric simmer pots because you can move them around from room to room without worrying about children and pets around an open flame—or forgetting that you had potpourri on the stove until it cooked dry, ignited and stunk for days. Ahem.
What I really like about these recipes, aside from the fact they’re not putting toxic chemicals into the air in our home, is that you can make many of these out of kitchen scraps like citrus peel, frost-bitten herbs or fruits that have begun to go south. AND if you’re really clever, which I know you are, you can make these shelf stable and use them as handmade gifts. Simply dehydrate the apple and citrus slices, cranberries and herbs, toss them in a bag with the remainder of the ingredients and sprinkle with any extracts, spices or essential oils. Seal them tightly in a pretty bag and give them as a gift with an electric simmering crock. Can you think of a nicer gift for a teacher, bus driver, mail deliverer or secretary?
Here are some simple, non-toxic, handmade scented recipes for you!
CINNAMON APPLE: 1 sliced apple + 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon + 1 tsp. maple or vanilla extract + 2 cups of water
MINTY CITRUS PINE: 1 sliced lime + 1 tsp. vanilla + 1 small branch of fresh pine needles + 1/4 cup fresh mint + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 cups of water
WINTER CITRUS 2 sprigs rosemary + 1/2 of sliced lemon + 1/2 sliced grapefruit + 1 tsp. vanilla + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 cups of water
CRAN-ORANGE 1/2 cup fresh cranberries + 1 sliced orange + 1 tsp. whole cloves + 2 cinnamon sticks + 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg + 2 cups of water
MULLED ROSEMARY 3-5 cinnamon sticks + 1 sliced orange + 1-2 sprigs of rosemary + 1 cup fresh cranberries + 1 tbsp. cloves + 2 tbsp. nutmeg + 2 cups of water
SPICED VANILLA 4-6 cinnamon sticks + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + rind of 1 orange + 2 tbsp. cloves + 3-5 bay leaves + 2 cups of water
But don’t stop with these recipes! Create custom scents for your house using ingredients from your kitchen! How about Viennese cinnamon using inexpensive coffee grounds, a few cinnamon sticks, and a dash of vanilla or maple extract to 2 cups of water? Or chocolate mint using a few tablespoons of Dutch cocoa and a dash of peppermint extract? Or candied citrus, with orange slices, vanilla extract and Dutch cocoa powder? Personally, I love more savory combinations such as cranberry, rosemary and bay leaves. But anything works so long as it’s pleasing to your senses!
So tell me, what are your tricks for making your home smell amazing during the long, closed-window seasons of fall and winter?
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