Sunday, November 20, 2011


These final calender months are my absolute favorite.  October brings with it an amazing display of color, crisp fall oxygen... and candy!  November is an amazing time of reflection on all the countless blessings in my life!  And then there's December.  Ah, December.  Getting right down to the roots of my faith and enjoying all the traditions that go along with it.  There are just no words to articulate how I feel about Christmas time, but I'm sure most of you know where I'm coming from!

I don't know about you, but for me, along with all the festivities, there is also a lot of gathering with family and friends.  I want my home to send a message of love and for it to create a warm, festive atmosphere... 
This tends to be a season driven by the sense of smell.  Fresh cut pine, fire in the fireplace,  pies baking...  Many times we like to keep these amazing scents lingering in our homes via air fresheners, plug-ins, candles, etc...  Many of these artificial scents contain phthalates, which are harmful to our health.

But fear not! There are several natural ways to enjoy a good holiday scent without compromising your health. 

Ceramic or Brass Oil Ring~
The lovely thing about the scented oil ring is you can put whatever scent "floats your boat" in it that you want and can change it as often as you like!  You simply put a few drops of your favorite essential oils into the well of the ring and place the ring on top of a light bulb.  The heat then evaporates the oils into the air sending your senses to their happy place.  

One of my favorite oil combinations: Pomander
Essential oil of Sweet Orange and Essential oil of Clove Bud... YUM!

Stove Top~  
Another great way to produce a festive aroma is via the stove top.  Fill up a big pot with water and add great smelling spices and fruit scraps and bring to a simmer.  You can also add essential oils if you wish.

Sticking with the pomander theme, whole clove buds and orange peels added to a simmering pot of water is divine...  But adding them to a pot of apple cider?  Even better!  Double yum!

Room Spray~
A little vodka or rubbing alcohol, a lot of water and some essential oils and you have a much healthier concoction to spray your room with. While I normally like to put my fresheners and cleaners in decorative spray bottles, I absolutely love this picture I found on Pinterest.  It cracks me up!  (Click the link and it will take you to the site for the recipe.)

Pinned Image

Some other great essential oils to use during this time of year include pine, peppermint, spearmint, frankincense, myrrh, and cinnamon to name a few.  My favorite place to get my essential oils is Mountain Rose Herbs, but you can also find many at your local health food store.  Just one more way to make the season merry and bright!