Monday, November 10, 2014
Smell is a powerful trigger; the strongest, some might argue, among the five senses. As such, aromatherapy came to fore as an alternative science, applicable not only in curing mild ailments, like headaches, but in creating a desired atmosphere. The home, of course, could certainly use a bit of this – a scent or two in the air to soothe or enliven, to make any space fresh and inviting. To that end, look no further than these four simple, affordable, and easy-to-make fragrances to freshen up your home.
Essential Oils - Essential oils like lavender, lemongrass, or eucalyptus, among their many variants, can be utilized as aromatherapy. Add a few drops of your oil of choice with water and pour into a spritzer to use. Or leave this mixture out on a container to infuse the room with its soothing scent. Boil the water for those extra fumes. Pour into a mason jar. Add about 1 tsp. of oil. Poke holes into the lid or into a square piece of paper and use as cover, tying it down over the lip of the jar with rubber band or a piece of string. You can opt to to add baking soda to the oil-scented water to absorb any bad smells. If you’re looking for a more decorative arrangement, place the oil and water mixture in a small glass bottle or vase and put reed diffusers into the container, like incense sticks. The diffusers serve to absorb and infuse the fragrance into the air.
Citrus & Cinnamon - Boil a pot of water containing several slices of an orange, with skin. Throw in a couple of cinnamon sticks, or sprinkle with cinnamon powder. Let simmer. It’ll work wonders in your kitchen, chasing away the stench of a spicy or garlicky dish. As with essential oils, you can also place this concoction in mason jars to set out on your mantelpiece, on your tabletop, or on your bathroom counter.
Coffee Grounds - Its strong and tantalizing smell makes for a distinct fragrance. For this reason, coffee is a popular deodorizer to boot. Line the bottom of wastebaskets or garbage bags with freshly ground coffee. Likewise, use the grounds in ashtrays to neutralize the smell of cigarette ash. Mix with bits of orange peel for added effect.
Potpourri - Dried petals or flowers, fragrant herbs, essential oils, and spices thrown together in a bowl or a jar. Potpourri will freshen up your space not only by scent, but also by sight. It’s pretty to look at and it’s “easy on the nose,” to play with a popular expression.