Boost your mood, soothe your senses, calm your mind. Aromatherapy is a quick and easy means to this end, requiring no more than natural materials. Potpourri -- a mixture of dried petals, herbs, plant materials, essential oils and spices -- is, perhaps, one of the most artful forms of aromatherapy. It is decorative as much as it functions as an air freshener. It dates back to 17th century France, according to some historical records.
Here are three quick, easy recipes for potpourri to freshen up your home:
1. cinnamon, orange, cloves
Combine two (2) cinnamon sticks with dry cloves. Add bits of orange peel from two (2) oranges and mix everything in a cup of water. Bring to a boil in a kettle, and pour in a bowl or a mason jar. Cover the lid with sheer cloth, securing the cloth with a length of string or a rubber band. The act of boiling itself should suffuse your kitchen with invigorating scents, chasing away the lingering traces of a greasy dinner cooked the night before.
2. lemon, apple, orange
This fruity combination proves refreshing, perfect for bright, airy sitting areas, giving the space some extra zest. Simply combine one (1) lemon, one (1) apple, and one (1) orange, all cut into fourths, with two or three (2-3) cinnamon sticks. Simmer in a pan with a cup of water. Pour in a suitable container and cover with sheer cloth.
3. cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, apple, ginger
Look to this spicy mix to add a touch of Christmas to the air. Combine three (3) tablespoons of cinnamon, three (3) tablespoons of clove, two (2) teaspoons of nutmet, two (2) teaspoons of ginger, and one (1) apple, cut into fourths, in a pan with one to two (1-2) cups of water. Bring to a simmer, then transfer to a container.
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