Science has shown the powerful connections people experience when scents remind them of bygone pleasant times. The holidays are ideal for reminiscing, but it’s important to avoid using harsh chemical-filled sprays, scented candles or plug-in type devices to avoid negative physical reactions rather than joyful memories. Here are four natural ways to infuse the home with the spirited scents of the holidays.
Fresh and Dried Herbs
Certain herbs release an amazing scent when added to bouquets or warm, liquid solutions. However, many herbs don’t grow well during winter, but their dried counterparts also exude pleasingly potent aromas. Holiday favorites include rosemary, sage, peppermint, and lavender.
In lieu of chemically scented potpourri, incense or oil burners, consider filling decorative crystal or porcelain bowls with inviting, cozy smells such as:
- Vanilla Beans
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Cardamom Seeds
- Whole Nutmeg
- Whole Cloves
- Coffee Beans
- Star Anise
Fill the entire space with welcoming aromas by incorporating orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla beans in a simmering crockpot.
As mentioned, oranges are an excellent addition to the holiday scented home alongside other delightful fruits such as lemons, apples, and grapefruit. While fresh slices on the buffet table will provide a light aroma, dehydrated fruit can last for weeks as decor and can be ‘refreshed’ with correlating essential oils for stronger effects.
Organic essential oils can be diffused into the air and fill the entire home with any scent you chose. However, spiced oils such as the herbs and fruity citrus scents such as those mentioned previously reign during the holiday season. Other favorites include soothing mulberry, frankincense, and myrrh.
Remember, there is no ideal combination of smells or application methods. These four methods can be used together to create any scent you desire all year long. Best of all, you will know that you are not causing yourself or your guests any undue duress due to respiratory concerns, allergies or sensitivities that can dampen the holiday spirit.