Winter holiday aromas are spicy, woody, green, warm and comforting. Instead of all the synthetic candles and room sprays that are on store shelves, choose nature.
Cut a few fir boughs to bring indoors and enjoy the fresh, crisp smell. You can wrap them with sparkly mini fairy lights; the small amount of heat from the lights will make the fir more fragrant.
Slice lemon and/or orange peel (the more zest the better). Add to a small pot of water with broken pieces of cinnamon bark and crushed clove. Leave it on low on the back of the stove, making sure to replace the water if it evaporates. You can also put this concoction in a ceramic aromatherapy burner, and light a tea light. This blend fights viruses and bacteria that may be in the air, keeping everyone healthy during the holidays!
Variation: If you are attracted to sweeter aromas, add a vanilla bean – split lengthwise.
Cider for All
Make some mulled cider to enjoy with family and friends with the added bonus of making your whole house smell like apples and cinnamon.
Directions: Put everything together in a pot and turn the element on low. Leave it on all day! Alternatively, you can use a crockpot – just leave the lid off so you can smell the delicious spicy citrusy aroma.
Recipe for Mulled Cider:
8 cups of natural apple juice
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon clove powder or 10 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks (broken)
Orange wedge (1/4 orange)
These citrusy spicy balls have been made since the Elizabethan times! All you need is a bag of whole cloves, a pin and an orange. Poke holes in the orange in any pattern you like, and then push the whole cloves into the pin holes. The cloves will preserve the orange – it will shrink and dry, but it will not go bad. You can throw it in a drawer or bring it out again next Christmas. A whole bowl of these oranges make a lovely, natural display that you can combine with holly, fir pieces and candles.
Karen's Christmas Blend
My favourite traditional Christmas blend of essential oils… It’s been my secret for years. This blend gets more beautiful the longer it ages – like a fine wine, or a human soul!
Essential Oil Blend:
Sweet Orange Essential Oil 8 ml (160 drops)
Rose Geranium Essential Oil 2 ml (40 drops)
Cinnamon Bark 1 ml (20 drops)
(Optional: 5 drops of patchouli essential oil)
HOW TO MAKE IT:
Find a small glass bottle you can mix the oils in. If you have a dropper, you can count drops directly into the bottle. If not, use clean stainless steel measuring spoons. Mix well, cap securely and put in a cupboard away from heat and light. (Remember to keep away from children. Although healthy in small amounts, essential oils in their undiluted state are very powerful).
HOW TO USE IT:
- If you love it, put a few drops in your palms, rub them together and thread your fingers through your hair. The scent will cling to the protein in your hair and you can smell like a Christmas Angel all day.
- Put a few drops under the tap, while running your bath. Safe and great to use with Epsom salts or Himalayan pink salts.
- Collect a few pinecones and put a drop or three of essential oil blend on each. The pinecones can be thrown on a fire or used as a natural potpourri!
- Put 5-8 drops in your aromatherapy mister or burner. Refresh as needed.
Wishing everyone a beautiful, natural and fragrant holiday season!
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Art + Nature = Beauty.
Karen Van Dyck