NATURAL SCENTS

Just looking to this picture below I can feel the odor of the room: the fresh scent of flowers! As you know, the first impression that we have when we enter in a room, is not only visual, but also olfactive. Does your house smells good?!

Today I’ll give you the 5 MUST HAVE air freshners. And forget about “Ambipur” , “Febrise” and other chemical and unhealthy products. Today is just about ECOlogic and ECOnomic tips to make your own home fragrances.

1) FRESH FLOWERS

Not a mystery. A nice bouquet of  fresh roses, jacarandas, camellias, hibiscus, magnolias, geraniums, violets, jasmine, orchids,  lilies… make the difference in a room.

2) DRY POTPOURRIS

Potpourri is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, used to provide a gentle natural scent inside rooms. It is usually placed in a decorative wooden bowl, or tied in small sachet made from sheer fabric. The word “potpourri” comes from the french word “pot-pourri” that generically means collection of miscellaneous or diverse items. Naturally scented plants used in traditional potpourri include:

  • allspice
  • cinnamon bark and cassia bark
  • cloves
  • fennel seed,
  • incense-cedar wood shavings
  • jasmine flowers and oil,
  • jujube flowers and blooms,
  • lavender leaves and flowers,
  • thyme leaves and flowers,
  • citrus ( lemon and orange) balm leaves and flowers,
  • citrus peel,
  • marjoram leaves and flowers,
  • mignonette leaves and flowers,
  • mint leaves and flowers,
  • rose flowers, hips, or oil,
  • rosemary leaves and flowers,
  • Attention! Much modern potpourri consists of any decoratively shaped dried plant material (not necessarily from scented plants) with strong synthetic perfumes (and also often strongly colored dyes) added, with the scent often bearing no relation to the plant material used.

3) SIMMERING POTPOURRI

For an intenser effect try a simmering potpourri. Very easy!

– Fill a pan with water and simmer all your favourite ingredients on low heat on your stove’s smallest burner.

– Stir hourly and refill the water as needed.

– Refrigerate the mixture after each use, adding water and reheating for up to a month. The wonderful perfume of his “cook” will spread for all of your house.

Most used ingredients:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Apple peels
  • Lemon peels
  • Orange rinds
  • whole cloves
  • Vanilla
  • Dried rosemary, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus…

 

4) ESSENTIAL OILS

An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. They are generally extracted by distillation. They are used in perfumes, cosmetic products, incense and household cleaning products. Oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer, heated over a candle flame, or burned as incense.

My suggestion:

Pour 1 cup of distilled water into a spray bottle.

Add 8 -10 drops of your favorite essential oil (can mix 2 or 3 scents, but do not overtake the recommended amount) and shake very well.

Cap the bottle, and allow to sit for a few hours before using.

Shake the bottle before each use to evenly distribute the scented oil throughout the water.

Or you can purchase a package of reeds (bamboo sticks) that are marketed for reed diffusers (they’re fairly cheap) and plunge them into the essential oil bottle. Slowly the odor of the liquid will be released through the sticks.


Attention!  Not recommended to pregnant women, allergic people and families with animals and children. It can’t be ingested or applied directly on skin because of its irritating proprieties.

5) Incense

 (from Latin incendere “to burn”) is composed of aromatic bionic materials, which release fragrant smoke when burned.  It is used in religious ceremonies, for creating a spiritual atmosphere, and for masking unpleasant odors. The use of incense may have originated in Ancient Egypt, where the (oleo) gum resins of aromatic trees were imported from the Arabian and Somali coasts to be used in religious ceremonies. Incense is composed of aromatic plant materials, often combined with essential oils. The forms taken by incense differ with the underlying culture, and have changed with advances in technology and increasing diversity in the reasons for burning  it.

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