Thursday, December 29, 2011
Okay, enough with the bad puns. I wanted to make my place smell nice, and had the idea to use the mini-crock that came with my six quart slow cooker. I put in a sliced lemon, whole cloves, and cinnamon (I should have used cinnamon sticks).
Other combinations I've used are: orange peel, cloves, cinnamon, or orange or lemon peel and rosemary or dill or mint. I'll also throw lavender into the mix, if I have any on hand (which I haven't had for the past couple of years--I used to grow it but haven't lately. I probably should start again this spring with lavender). Sometimes I'll use a cut up apple that was in danger of spoiling (or I'll save apple peels in the freezer and use them instead of citrus rinds).
I like candles but I don't light them very often. Something about the scents or the chemicals make my nose run; the only candles I can tolerate for longer periods are soy candles. So this is a good alternative. It also releases a mild, not an overly strong scent into the air (as long as you don't use the commercial potpourri, which is frankly rank). A lot of candles smell great, but they also smell strong.
Other things I do when I feel like my home is too stuffy: I crack open a window. Even if it's just for a few minutes. Revolutionary, I know.