The leaves are turning and falling, and there’s a brisk chill in the air that makes everyone move indoors to warm spots near the oven and fireplace. The flowers of summer are long gone, but their scents have been replaced by the smells of the autumn season: cinnamon, spices and citrus peels. To create a delicious, long-lasting scent-scape in your home with natural ingredients, try these combinations.
Start by saving your citrus peels and the skins of apples and pears. When dried, these make delightful additions to a pot of simmering spices. To eliminate inconvenient trips to and from the sink with a heavy pot, consider installing a pot filler faucet by your stove. You can top-off the water with ease and keep the pot simmering for hours.
Fill a small pot or saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Add your favorite ingredients and keep the water at a rolling boil for a few minutes. Then turn down the heat to allow the mixture to simmer, and add water as needed. The idea is to release the scent of each item, and avoid burning the mixture.
There is no right or wrong amount of each ingredient to use. Start small and add more for a stronger scent. A handful of the fruit peels or a few cinnamon sticks would probably be fine, but adding a whole handful of bay leaves, for example, might be overpowering, so we suggest only adding two or three of these.
Apple Pie Delight
Sweet Citrus Spice
2-3 bay leaves
4-5 drops of vanilla extract
Fields of Fresh Air
1 cup of dried lavender
Dash of pumpkin pie spice
If all the burners on your stove are occupied cooking delicious treats for guests, you can create these autumn scents by burning aromatic items in your fireplace. Mature dry pine cones (without sap), dried apple and orange slices, cinnamon sticks, citrus peels and sage or other herbs create a lovely scent when they burn. Apple wood creates a homey smoky apple scent when burned; add a cinnamon stick to the apple wood fire and you’ll be wondering if someone just pulled an apple pie from the oven.
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