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:
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.
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.
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.