This time of year it’s hard to avoid the embrace of cinnamon, the lure of nutmeg, or the refreshing zing of peppermint in holiday cooking, baking, and drinking. What you may not realize is that these same holiday spices and herbs can also help you around your home.
- Cinnamon: This warm and spicy scent can conquer stagnant air with its naturally occurring antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Simmer ground cinnamon in a pot of water, incorporate cinnamon sticks into your holiday décor, or create a room spray by mixing its essential oil with water or vodka. Germs and odors will succumb willingly.
- Nutmeg: This powerful spice not only helps you relax, but it’s also beneficial for your digestive system and helps fight cavities. It may not directly help keep your house germ- or clutter-free, but, in small doses, may help create a more enjoyable, relaxed household.
- Rosemary: This woody herb is brilliant in both fresh and essential oil form. Add it to a vinegar cleaning solution for an anti-microbial spray or keep a few fresh sprigs around the house to keep fruit flies at bay, spirits uplifted, and bellies hungry.
- Peppermint: This uplifting and potent herb contains a whole host of antibacterial properties. Add a few drops of essential oil to a spray bottle with a mixture of vinegar and water (you can dilute the vinegar to your sensitivities). The vinegar smell will dissipate quickly, and you’ll be left with a bathroom smelling festive and funk-free this holiday season and beyond.
Most importantly, if all else fails, get the scents simmering, dim the lights, and breathe deeply. No one will mind the clutter if the smell is fantastic. Take our word for it.
What scent do you most look forward to during the holidays?