Do you have enough money to spend on scented candles and essential oils? And even if you do, can you compare the flagrance produced in laboratory with the one emitted so easily by herbs, fresh fruit and spices?
You don’t need to cook brioches or biscuits if you want to bring the smell of Christmas at home. You can have festive scents, such as cinnamon, orange and clove; it is a very easy, as well as psychotherapeutic, activity for adults and a game for children. Take a look at that: you only need oranges, plenty of cloves (you can find the best of them in the spice shops around) and cinnamon sticks. Additional tool: a small but sharp knife, or better, a vegetable peeler.
You use cloves to fill either the whole orange surface or to draw patterns on it (let children’s hands handle this; they have a lot of patience and they can do it perfectly).
You can also draw patterns using the knife; be careful not to reach the orange pulp. Keep the oranges laid or hanged; their scent will last for many, many months.
A more difficult version: use a peeler with a sharp end to remove the orange pulp, where you can put a cinnamon stick.
This was the raw version. Here is the cooked one as well.
- A whole orange or just its peel
- ½ cup of cranberries (you can find them at the nut shops)
- 1 tablespoon of whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- Some ground nutmeg
One dose of this lasts for many days; slowly and silently on fire, it brings the smell of Christmas at home!
Source: bostanistas.gr / article by Anastasia Lambria