4 Ways To Make Your Home Smell Amazing Naturally
I think we can all attest to lighting our favorite candles or spritzing spray to make our homes more enjoyable. Whether it’s to set the mood for dinner, cover up that mysterious smell, or flip a bad day around, a good smelling home is a powerful thing. Don’t believe me? Get some cookies baking in the oven. If that smell doesn’t instantly give you the warm and fuzzies, come find me and yell at me if you please.
The best part about a good smelling home is that there’s no de-cluttering session or vacuuming necessary to uplift your mood in the environment. Say it with me: no de-cluttering or vacuuming necessary. Thanks to our bodies elaborate olfactory systems, scents have the power to jog our memories of positive moments in the past and trigger significant reactions in our hearts and brains. It’s like a lock and key reaction- odor molecules are the keys that open the receptors throughout our bodies, generating real emotions.
Scents have the Power to Jog our Memories of Positive Moments
While Apple Harvest and Cupcake Batter candles sound delicious and harmless, the truth is that most scented candles are very harmful to our health. So unless you like polluting your home with toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia, phosphates, and 1,4-dioxane, it’s time for a healthier (and cheaper) alternative. PSA: these toxins are found in most candles, room sprays, and fragrance sticks and are proven to cause damage to the heart, lungs, brain, central nervous system, reproductive system, and immune system. Here comes the good news: if you can boil water, you can make your home smell amazing naturally. The safest, just-as-effective way is to do just what your grandmother did: simmer a pot of spices on your stove! Here’s 3 natural recipes to make your home smell heavenly all while enhancing your mood.
How to Create a Simmer Pot:
Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients from your favorite recipe, continue to boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer. Add water as needed, usually every 30 minutes or so.
UPLIFTING LEMON & ROSEMARY
- 2 small lemons
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
STRESS RELIEVING CINNAMON & APPLE
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 apple peels
- 2 orange rinds
- 2 whole cloves
MOOD BOOSTING CREAMSICLE
- 4 drops vanilla extract
- Orange peel or slices from 2 oranges
SLEEPY TIME LAVENDER
- 4 drops lavender extract
- 2 -3 sprigs dried lavender flower
- 1 tsp anise
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tbsp whole cloves
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