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    Summer Scents for Your Home


    When the weather turns warm and sometimes sticky, most of our homes
    could use a little help smelling and feeling fresh. Clean summery scents
    can do a lot for us, but we donít want to rely on plug-in air fresheners
    or air freshener sprays: both contain chemicals thought to be harmful.
    Instead, we can rely on the wisdom of our great-grandmothers, and use
    natural ingredients to make our homes smell delightfully refreshing and
    clean. Find out how lemon peel, fresh or dried mint, vanilla extract,
    lavender, and more can make your home smell fresh as the proverbial
    daisy, here:

    Lively Lemons -
    The zesty clean fragrance of lemon is an instant uplift. Try rubbing a
    few drops of lemon essential oil on doorknobs, or peeling a lemon and
    simply twisting the peel so that the oils are released into the room.
    You can simmer lemon slices in water on the stove to scent the air
    deliciously, too.

    Lavender Refresher Plunk -
    A handful of dried lavender in a pretty container next to the bed to
    make your bedroom smell fresh and to promote relaxing sleep and deep
    dreams.

    Rosemary Smudge -
    You can burn sprigs of dried rosemary (using an ashtray underneath to
    catch any sparks!) to cleanse the atmosphere in your home. The scent is
    refreshing, and the herb has been used in sickrooms for centuries, since
    it is a time-honored antimicrobial.

    Sweet Green Mist -
    Mists and sprays are an easy way to add wonderful, natural scent to your
    home and they are proven allies in the fight against germs. Mists and
    sprays are a simple way of providing aromatherapy by just using
    essential oils, water and a spray bottle. Nothing could be easier than
    spritzing a few drops of these antibacterial sprays on doorknobs,
    bathroom surfaces, telephones--anything you touch--to keep your home
    smelling sweet. Because essential oils are antibacterial, they also help
    kill germs. The formulas keep indefinitely and, in a pretty bottle tied
    with a ribbon, they make great gifts. Your home will smell marvelous,
    and you wonít need to worry as much when guests bring coughs and sneezes
    in with them.

    Look for all-natural pure essential oils at your local natural foods
    store. This couldnít-be-easier recipe makes enough for five cups of
    mist, enough to share with a friend. Use liberally on non-staining
    surfaces or simply spray upward in the center of the room, being sure to
    avoid contact with eyes.

    Mist Ingredients:

    Use an eyedropper to place the following in a small glass jar with a lid
    (a baby food jar is ideal)--
    20 drops sweet orange essential oil
    10 drops lavender essential oil
    10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

    Mix well. To use, add 4-8 drops of this base to one cup of purified or
    distilled water in a spray bottle, shaking to mix. Store in a cool, dark
    place.

    Spicy Summer Potpourri-
    This potpourri looks lovely set out in a bowl, or stored in little
    potpourri bags.

    Base: a combination of any or all of the following, thoroughly dried--
    orange peel, marigolds, chrysanthemums, lavender, asters, Queen Anneís
    lace, star anise seeds, cinnamon powder or sticks, whole or powdered cloves

    Oil scents: a few drops each--
    Sweet orange essential oil
    Lavender essential oil
    Clove essential oil

    Sprinkle dried base with oils and mix well. Refresh base with a few
    drops of oil whenever needed.

    Vanilla Odor Remover -
    The vanilla bean has properties that reduce odors! Try this super-easy
    trick for removing smells you don't want: 1 to 2 teaspoons natural
    vanilla extract. Just put the vanilla in a small cup anywhere you want
    air freshening.

    Summery Stovetop Freshener-
    Mint is a wonderful freshener that gives an uplifting feeling to the
    atmosphere. You can use either fresh or dried mint in this formula.

    Ingredients:
    A handful of mint leaves
    8 cups of water

    Combine all the ingredients in a pan on the stove. Bring to a boil, and
    then turn down to a simmer. Replace the liquid when needed as it
    evaporates.

    Cinnamon Trick
    I have a small terra-cotta pot filled with ground cinnamon sitting near
    my desk. I get wafts of the sweet fragrance all day long.

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    I like how baking cookies or baking bread makes my house smell better.

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