Fresh and floral, clean and fruity, relaxing or invigorating – try these essential oil recipes in your diffuser to clarify and refresh the air in your home.
These are blends I’ve formulated and tested in my ceramic tealight diffuser, which holds about 2 tablespoons of tap water. If you own a different type, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
To Use: Add water to the bowl of your diffuser and drop in the essential oils. (Adjust amounts as desired.) Light the candle and enjoy! Caution: Never leave open flame unattended, and check the water level frequently.Sunrise: 2 lemon • 2 sweet orange • 2 peppermint
En Plein Air: 1 lavender • 2 cedarwood • 3 tangerine
Raindrops: 1 vetiver • 2 peppermint • 3 lemon
Spring Cleaning: 1 rose geranium • 2 lime • 3 pink grapefruit
Herb Garden: 1 lavender • 1 rose geranium • 2 chamomile • 2 bergamot
Fresh Citrus: 1 lemon • 1 tangerine • 2 pink grapefruit • 2 lime
Springtime in Paris: 2 rose • 2 sweet orange • 2 sandalwood
Gillyflower: 3 clove • 3 lemon
Orange Grove: 2 sweet orange • 2 lime • 2 frankincense
And my absolute favourite:
Like a May Morning: 1 jasmine • 2 pink grapefruit • 3 bergamot
No, that’s not an invitation to waddle up to the holiday groaning board and eat everything until you burst!
Now that wintry weather is here and we shutter our windows to biting winds and snow, your home may start to feel a little stuffy and stale. Simmering spices are an easy and non-toxic way to freshen and fill the air with the delicious scents of Christmas. To help put your household in a festive mood, use this simple method and try these Yuletide simmering spice pot blends:
Add ingredients to a small pot of boiling water and boil for a couple of minutes. Reduce heat and let pot simmer gently, uncovered, for as long as you like. Top up water level as needed; do not let pot boil dry.
Christmas Fruitcake: fresh apple, orange and/or lemon slices with skin • handful of fresh cranberries (optional) • 2” to 3” cinnamon stick or a pinch of ground cinnamon • a few whole cloves • pinch of ground nutmeg • a few slices fresh ginger or pinch of ground ginger (optional)
Spice Route: orange slices and peel • cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon • 2 to 3 bay leaves • a few whole cloves • a few cracked cardamom pods • pine needle sprigs
Cranberry Woods: several fresh rosemary sprigs • handful of fresh cranberries • orange slices and peel • cinnamon stick
Spiced Orange: orange slices and peel • 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks • 2 tbsp whole cloves • 5 whole star anise
Adjust quantities (or omit) according to preference. Keep children and pets away from the stove and pot, and turn off the heat if you leave the house. Simmering spices are for home fragrance only; do not ingest.
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