Scents have a strong connection with our emotions because of the way our brains perceive them. The holidays might be more than a month away but that is no reason why one shouldn’t make their home smell like it already. No Christmas is complete without a home smelling warm, cozy and Christmassy. So today, we are presenting some easy ideas that will make your home smell like the holidays:
1. Bake something
Baking is the easiest way to get the Christmassy feeling early on. The scents of the herbs and spices you add to your baking recipes, especially the sweet ones, will permeate all across your home. Use spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and any other holiday herbs in your recipes and soon your home will be ready to welcome Christmas.
2. Easy homemade Christmas scent recipe spray
Spray the following room freshener around your home…
- Cut lemons and oranges into slices or quarters.
- Combine the fruits with cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and cloves.
- Cover with 2-3 quarts of water and simmer on low heat.
- Add more water as needed. Cover any leftover mixture and refrigerate it.
- Reuse as needed. Spray all around the house.
3. Use essential oils
Diffuse some Christmas scents essential oils like Pine, Frankincense, Myrrh, Clove, Sweet Orange, Nutmeg, Vanilla and Cinnamon. You can add a few drops of these oils to your humidifier or simply some to a bowl of water placed on the room heater. This method also adds moisture to the room and is a surefire way to get your home smelling like Christmas. Here is a Christmas scent recipe for room freshener that uses all the popular Christmas scents essential oils:
- 2 drops of Fir/Pine/Spruce essential oil
- 8 drops Mandarin essential oil
- 1-2 drops of Cinnamon essential oil
- 2 drops of Clove essential oil
Dilute the above blend with 300ml of water and store the mixture in a plant mister/spray bottle. Spray all over the house. You can also invest in an oil burner. Placing a few cotton buds dipped in your favorite Christmas scent essential oils on warm radiators can also do the trick.
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4. Use Christmas potpourri in a jar
Many stores have sales on Christmas potpourri. However, you can easily make your own. This is a simple way of making your home smell amazing in winters to remind you of the holidays:
Christmas potpourri recipe 1
- Cinnamon sticks-4-5 nos
- Star anise-1-2
- 3-5 cloves
- Walnut and hazelnut hulls
- Cinnamon essential oil-10 drops
- Clove essential oil – 4/5 drops
Collect the spices, herbs and nut shells in a jar. Sprinkle the essential oils on top. Cover the jar until needed. Replenish the scents by adding more oils every few days.
Here is another easy Christmas potpourri recipe in a bowl or jar
Christmas potpourri recipe 2
- A few cones and branches of any of the following: Pine, Juniper, Spruce or Cypress
- 10 drops of Pine essential oil
- 5 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
Arrange the dried materials in a jar or bowl. Add the oils. Cover up until ready to use. Refresh with more oil as desired.
5. Wood fire
If you have a fireplace, you can quickly scent up the room like Christmas by placing pine cones, orange peels, and seasoned apple wood on the wood as it burns. You can also add essential oils to logs before burning. Just add 1-3 drops of the oil to the log and let it soak and dry completely before you burn it. The best firewood oils are Pine, Fir, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cypress, Cedarwood, Spruce and Myrrh.
6. Orange and lemon peels
Make a stovetop potpourri by placing a saucer of orange and lemon peels on the stove or on warm radiators to scent up the room. Oranges studded with cloves are not only decorative; they also add holiday scents to the environment while repelling bugs. Roll the oranges in some essential oils (orange, clove or cinnamon oil) first.
7. Christmas scents yankee candle
Candles add a lovely touch to your Christmas decorations and you can easily buy Christmas scents yankee candles on sale or make your own with candle making kits. These are aromatic and you can add your favorite Christmas scent essential oils to it. Spruce, fir, vanilla, pine and bay are some fine choices as they all evoke Christmas atmosphere.
8. Holiday food
Christmas food can also make your home smell like the holidays. Bake a turkey, make mashed potatoes, pies, eggnog, gingerbread, applesauce, hot cocoa, cranberry sauce, and of course cakes and cookies. These can all get your home to smell amazing.
Try these 8 easy ways to make your home smell like Christmas and invite the holiday feel early on in the season!