Thursday, October 17, 2013

Scintillating Scents – The Natural Way

If your house begins to smell really musty, it is time to do something about it. If it is missing the aromatic scent you so long to whiff after a draining day, maybe your house is in dire need of some fresh air. For a start, open all the windows and let the air circulate all day. 

Everybody wishes to walk into their house and inhale a lovely aroma right? Nothing overpowering. Just pleasant! I feel your pain but with little effort you can transform your space into a sweet smelling haven.

While most of us initially turn to air fresheners and scented candles, it is important to know that these are harmful for your health and must be eluded. Instead, make your own subtle scents with a blend of spices, herbs or even fresh fruit and enjoy a clean and safe atmosphere at your convenience.

When you feel like you need to lighten up the air at home, just simmer some sweet scent in a pot. You will be surprised at how quickly your entire space starts to feel incredibly blissful. The steam infuses the air and it begins to acquire a natural aroma around you. So, what do you have to do for some natural fragrance? Follow these simple DIY aroma sensations at home.

Spice it up
For a start, do not discard the peels of apples and oranges. Instead store them in an airtight mason jar topped with water, a few cloves and a cinnamon stick. Cut up some lemon slices. Add them to the infused water. Close and refrigerate this magic potion for up to 2 weeks. 

Herb Delight
Another option for that natural scent in your home is to add some herbs. Rosemary and thyme are great scents to have this time of the year combined with pure vanilla extract and some lemon slices. Trust me, your house will be as fragrant as if you were in the Williams-Sonoma store.

Citrus Punch
For a sweet, delicious and lasting scent, slice some ginger and orange slices in a mason jar. Add a dash of almond extract. This is a refreshingly fresh scent for any time of the year.

All these options can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Adding water to them increases their life span, so do not forget to top up with water.

Whenever you want to indulge in some sweet air, just add the ingredients to a pot on the stove, bring to a boil and then simmer over low-medium heat. Keep an eye on the water level in the pot to make sure it does not evaporate quickly. 

I guarantee you will have the best fragrance in every corner of your home and what a neat idea for a wonderful gift the next time you go to a party. Do away with the store bought fragrances and make your own instead. You are entitled to enjoy a healthier option for a renewed and amazingly sweet-smelling home.
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