Thursday, December 6, 2007
Smell the Season
I love today’s countdown task of scenting your home with fresh-cut greenery. Before the days of instant room deodorizers, folks cut evergreen boughs to accomplish this.
If you haven’t access to fresh evergreens, Better Homes and Gardens suggests adding a few drops of evergreen essential oil to a terra-cotta tree ornament.
We’re planning a quick trip up into the mountains to get some evergreen cuttings and, since today is Saint Nicholas Day, our tree goes up tonight. In the meantime, I’ve been adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to my aromatherapy burners.
Yesterday I made holiday potpourri for simmering. A bag of the dry ingredients would make a lovely holiday hostess gift, too. Just package and add a note of instruction.
I used juniper berries from a friend’s tree and fresh rosemary from my backyard to make mine—check your local herbal store for these ingredients as I've seen both in our store here.
French postcard from The Graphics Fairy. Click to make larger and print.
It all just makes me want to break out singing O Tannenbaum. Because I love you, I won’t. Instead, here’s me as a dancing elf and then you can Elf Yourself.