That’s the sound of me with a fresh Christmas tree, Yankee candles, perfume, freshening plug-ins, Febreeze, or pretty much any other product that should make my home (or me) smell good. I can’t even walk through the cosmetics aisle at a department store. Even a quick visit to Kirlands leaves me with itchy eyes and a runny nose.
But besides all of that, most of the products (minus the fresh-cut Christmas tree) are really not very healthy for us to breathe in anyway. So what’s a girl to do who wants to have a home that in December wafts with the smells of the season?
How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas, Naturally
Here are a few suggestions of way you can make your house smell like Christmas. But naturally, so that you can avoid the sniffles and sneezes, really freshen the air, and maybe even add a few health benefits.
Diffuse Holiday-Scented Essential Oils
I used to live for those little plug-in air fresheners, until I realized the artificial scents were contributing to my allergies and headaches. Now, instead of plugging in a chemical smell, I plug in my essential oil diffuser, filled with water and all natural essential oils.
Here are a few essential oil combinations that you may enjoy:
- 6 drops fir needle
- 3 drops cypress or spruce
- 1 drop orange
- 5 drops ginger
- 4 drops orange
- 1 drop cinnamon
- 5 drops orange
- 3 drops cinnamon
- 3 drops orange
- 3 drops mandarin
- 3 drops clove bud
- 1 drop cinnamon
- 3 drops fir needle
- 3 drops spearmint
- 3 drops cedarwood
Make a Room Freshening Spray
Using a simple recipe of witch hazel, water and essential oils, you can make simple room freshening spray for your home, rather than diffusing them. Spritz your spray into the air or on linens any time you want your home to smell like Christmas. You can use some of the same combinations as suggested for the diffuser; simply adjust the number of drops according to the recipe below.
Add Essential Oils to Your Home’s Air Filter
Your HVAC air filter pushes air throughout your house all day long. Buy adding a few drops of your favorite holiday-scented essential oils to the filter, you’ll waft the scent throughout your house.
Make Simmering Potpourri
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 tablespoon cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange peel
- 3 cups of water
Fill a saucepan with three cups of water. Put the pot on the stove under low heat. Add the other ingredients to the water and let them simmer for a delicious holiday scent.
Make Your Own Christmas-Scented Cleaning Spray
The popular blend known as “Thieves” essential oil blend makes a great blend for cleaning. You can make your own Thieves-type immune blend with this recipe and then use it to make a cleaning spray. This blend has a strong cinnamon/clove scent – perfect for adding more Christmas-y smells to your home.
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 8-16 drops immune blend essential oil
Add the essential oil blend to a dark glass spray bottle. Add remaining ingredients to the bottle. Store in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry, and shake well before each use.
Simply Earth December Recipe Box
Last month, I shared with you about a new essential oils recipe box I received from Simply Earth.
For just $39 per month, Simply Earth send out a box with $150 worth of products, including 4 bottles of essential oils (15ml each), 6 recipe cards for DIY products that use the oils sent, and fun toxin-free extras you’ll need to complete the DIY recipes. Well, my December box just arrived this week and it’s perfect for many of the ideas above!
The four essential oils included this month are peppermint, pine scotch, mandarin, and a blend called “Candy Cane.” Candy Cane includes: Spearmint, Frankincense, Orange, and Lemon Essential Oils and is “kid safe.” The recipes that come along with this month’s box are so fun. There’s a peppermint and pine salve that can help with congestion this winter, a Christmas-scented room spray, a candy cane lip balm to help with those dry, cracked lips, a cold-buster roll-on that will also help with the congestion that comes with a cold or flu, a Christmas-candy diffuser blend, and a mandarin and coffee sugar scrub. You also get some of the “extras” needed to make these recipes, and if it’s your first time subscribing, the Big Bonus Box that comes with your first monthly box will help fill in the gaps with the supplies you’ll need as well.
An essential oils recipe box is a wonderful way to start building both your essential oils collection AND your recipes. Many of the recipes on the cards you will receive can be tweaked with other oils from your collection so that the possibilities become endless. This is especially great for those of us who want to incorporate essential oils into our natural homes, but don’t know how to do so.
Ready to Try a Recipe Box?
If you’d like to try a Simply Earth Recipe Box, enter the code MARCYFREE and you’ll receive the current month’s box, the Big Bonus Box (a $40 value), and a $40 gift card to use on your next box. The gift card is only good for a future subscription recipe box, not other purchases in their store. Remember, there is no long term commitment and they have a liberal return policy. If you aren’t as impressed as I am, there’s really no risk here.
If you prefer to just shop the Simply Earth store for essential oils and supplies, you can do that, too. I think you’ll find their prices very competitive. I love Simply Earth and feel confident in the quality of their oils.