Summer Scents for Your Home

By Cait Johnson, author of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air

When the weather turns warm and sometimes sticky, most of our homes could use a little help smelling and feeling fresh. Clean summery scents can do a lot for us, but we don’t want to rely on plug-in air fresheners or air freshener sprays: both contain chemicals thought to be harmful. Instead, we can rely on the wisdom of our great-grandmothers, and use natural ingredients to make our homes smell delightfully refreshing and clean.

Find out how lemon peel, fresh or dried mint, vanilla extract, lavender, and more can make your home smell fresh as the proverbial daisy, here:

Lively Lemons

The zesty clean fragrance of lemon is an instant uplift. Try rubbing a few drops of lemon essential oil on doorknobs, or peeling a lemon and simply twisting the peel so that the oils are released into the room. You can simmer lemon slices in water on the stove to scent the air deliciously, too.

Lavender Refresher Plunk

A handful of dried lavender in a pretty container next to the bed to make your bedroom smell fresh and to promote relaxing sleep and deep dreams.

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Getting Rid of Smoke Smells In Your Home

If you have had smokers in your home this weekend here’s a tip for you.

Essential oils are effective air cleaners.

They actually combine with and change the air particles, Not just cover things up as artificial air sprays do. Diffuse essential oils on a regular basis and you’ll notice a huge difference.

Here’s a recipe to get you started or try one of your own.

* 6 Spruce
* 6 drops Orange
* 6 drops Lemon

Originally posted 2006-04-01 09:02:55. We hope you have enjoyed this Post From the Past!


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Holiday Blend

Combine These Oils:

* 10 drops Pine oil
* 5 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) oil
* 3 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) oil
* 2 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) oil
* 2 drops Myrtle (Myrtus communis) oil

Use in any aroma lamp


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Scented Beeswax Heart

Scent a room with this decorative accent. Use a cookie cutter to cut a heart shape from a sheet of natural beeswax. Wrap the heart in cheesecloth and infuse it with a few drops of Rose Otto. Place the wrapped heart in a plastic bag for a week. Remove and discard the cloth and glue a ribbon hanger to the back of the heart. You can even decorate it with dried flowers and a bow. Hang it in the kitchen or even the bath!!

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Mint Air Freshener

* 5 d. peppermint oil
* 5 d. spearmint oil
* 2 d. peru balsam oil: in 4 oz. of water.

Combine in spray bottle; mist as needed.


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Floral Air Freshener

* 20 d. rose
* 10 d. orange
* 10 d. clove: in 4 oz of water

Mix in spray bottle; mist as desired around home or office.


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Using Citrus Oils for Your Home

Citrus oils can be used as natural cleaning agents around the house. Simply add a few drops of Orange, Lemon, Bergamot or Mandarin oil to water, moisten a clean cloth with the mixture and wipe down children’s rooms and school bags.

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Home-Made Air Freshener

Here’s a Heloise homemade air freshener: In a spray bottle, add several drops of orange or lemon essential oil (depends on how strong you want the scent) to 16 ounces of cheap rubbing alcohol. Shake to mix, then mist the air — don’t spray directly on fabric, etc. — and the alcohol pretty much dissipates, leaving behind a nice smell.

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Citrus Air Freshener II

* 20 d. orange oil
* 10 d. lemon oil
* 7 d. grapefruit oil
* 5 d. cedarwood oil: in 4 oz. water.


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Potpourri Tea

* 1 cup good black tea
* 1/2 cup dried rose petals
* 2 tablespoons dried jasmine flowers
* 1 tablespoon dried orange peel, freshly grated
* 1 tablespoon cassia bark, crumbled
* 3 sticks cinnamon bark, crumbled
* 4 whole star anise
* 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon whole cloves, freshly pounded

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl with your hands. Store in airtight tins. Use one heaped tablespoon per pot.


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