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Natural Herb Fragrances

Easy ideas to help freshen your home naturally.

A house quickly smells stale. Even being closed up for a day makes a difference. The main offenders are pets, cooking smells, damp bathrooms, and carpets. Many of the artificial air fresheners are just that! Too strong, too sweet and possibly not too healthy because of the chemicals used!

If you really want what’ s natural, go back to nature and herbs in particular. Aromatic herbs have always been used as air fresheners. From ancient times branches of sweet-smelling herbs were thrown onto the floor and when trodden on, released their fragrance. As a result, lavender and rosemary became known as strewing herbs.

Herbs with the “ f” factor (fragrance of course!)
Lavender, rosemary, thyme, basil, pineapple sage, lemon grass, lemon verbena, various mints, catmint, feverfew and rose-scented geranium.

Spice is nice
Coriander seeds are an ingredient of most potpourri recipes. To dry your own let a few plants go to seed. Pull out the plant when it turns brown and hang it upside down, covered with a brown paper bag. The seeds will fall into the bag. Other spices that work well with herbs are star anise, cinnamon, allspice and cloves.


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Natural Herb Fragrances Coriander

This combination of dried herbs and spices never goes out of fashion and once made, can be refreshed and used for months. Use chopped citrus peel with cloves, cinnamon, coriander seeds, allspice berries and dried herbs. Add red rose petals for fragrance and colour. Blend everything together and add a few drops of pot pourri oil. Put in a jar, seal and shake. After a week, add more dried herbs and oil and leave to blend for another week. Then decant into bowls and place in different rooms.

Natural Herb Fragrances Potpourri

Scented herb water
Heating scented herb water is a great way to sweeten up the smell of your home. You will need one or two herbs such as perennial basil flowers and rosemary, citrus (fruit or peel), some spice like cinnamon, cloves, star anise or allspice and water to cover. Place the ingredients in a dish that you can heat underneath, like a fondue pot. Simmer the mixture on the stove, or in a slow cooker – the higher the heat, the stronger the fragrance – allowing the fragrance to slowly infuse through the home.

Natural Herb Fragrances Scented herb water

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