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7 Ways to Use Herbs to Freshen Your House

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7 Ways to Use Herbs to Freshen Your House

Our sense of smell is one of the strongest ways we connect to our memories. Pine needles conjure up the holiday season, this-or-that soap takes you right back to Grandma’s house, wet earth suggests spring, and pumpkin spice means autumn; it goes on and on.

Surrounding ourselves with pleasing scents is an easy, effective way to produce feelings of comfort and calm. Commercial air fresheners exist, but they’re chock full of chemicals – some potentially carcinogenic, some certainly toxic, and many that are known allergens. Using fresh or dried herbs instead is a natural way to fill your space with the scents that you love the most. Here are 7 simple ways to get your groovy fragrance on:

Boil

Spices such as cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, cardamom pods, fennel seeds, etc., can be boiled in a pot on the stove. They’ll fill every nook and cranny with a warm, spicy, autumn-y aroma. To shake it up a bit, throw some orange slices in there.

Burn

During the winter, you can use pine cones, dried rosemary branches, and cinnamon sticks as kindling in your fire place. These awesome little fire starters will leave the whole place smelling quintessentially seasonal.

Grow

Aromatic plants like jasmine, honeysuckle, and tuberoses can all be grown indoors. Herbs such as rosemary and mint are also easy houseplants, though they’re less fragrant then their flowery alternatives.

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By Sayward Rebhal, Networx

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8:06AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Loved these ideas.

1:58AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Great tips:)

2:56AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

awesome tips!

10:09AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing these great ideas :)

9:15PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thanks, I have lemon balm growing all over, now I know a use for it.

2:25PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Wow, I think I will try the potpourri.

12:21AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

2:52PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Like the dust ideas...

11:34AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thanks

4:15AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

thanks

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