Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Lovely Home Scents: Lemon Cinnamon Simmer (Hints Essential Oils)
Lemon Cinnamon Simmer
Of course, we want our homes to smell great...but many of us are concerned about using those nasty chemical air fresheners. (Who KNOWS how to even say those ingredients listed...let alone what they actually do to us??) So many gorgeous smells exist naturally in this big, beautiful world of ours - one of my favorite combinations is definitely citrus and spice.
It's so easy: Just take a lemon and slice it up - don't remove the peel, as the natural essential oils of the lemon are in that yellow peel part. That's why when you peel a lemon or use a zester, it smells SO fantastic and fresh. Anyway - take that lemon, and dump it into a tiny saucepan on the stove. Add a cup of water and a few cinnamon sticks or whole cloves. (If you have ground spices only, no problem! Just pour about a half of a teaspoon in.)
Let this mixture simmer slowly on the stove over low heat. It will release a delicious citrusy-spicy smell that is all-natural and absolutely YUMMY smelling. And best of all - there are no chemicals whatsoever, so you don't need to worry about making your family sick. :) Enjoy! And if you have a different home air freshening tip to share, please post it in the comments, below.