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I love scents from nature, those canned  air fresher not so much.  So when I came across this recipe for a natural alternative I thought I’m going to give it a try.
Natural room scents

Natural room scents

Courtesy of the Yummy  Life 
Natural Room Scents
By Monica
Ingredients
  • Citrus, sliced — lemons, oranges, limes (may use peel only, if preferred)
  • Herbs — rosemary, thyme, & bay leaves
  • Spices– whole cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice (optional), anise (optional); may substitute ground/powdered spices
  • Ginger (fresh or powdered)
  • Extracts–vanilla, almond, mint
  • Pine twigs (or other fragrant twigs)
Directions
Use a pint (2 cup) jar, container, or pot to combine scent waters. Add ingredients to container, cover with water, and choose from these options:
–simmer on stove top, topping off with more water as it evaporates
–add heated mixture to a slow cooker, fondue pot, or 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.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), 1 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.

I plan to give this a shot sometime soon.

See ya later, Bye!

Kim

4 thoughts on “the natural way

  1. Kim Hood says:

    Thank you for reminding me to use what I’ve got in the yard and refrigerator for air fresheners. Sometimes we get too busy and rely on a lit candle to do the trick and miss out on so many natural God-given fragrances. Great inspiration with those combos, too. 🙂

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  2. You are right Kim, seems we all have become so accustomed to taking the easy way out. I always say easy doesn’t make it right. xok

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  3. MightyMama says:

    Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try these. I’m always wondering what I’m breathing in with air fresheners and scented candles. Nothing good, I’m sure.

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