There’s no denying that the sense of smell can influence your mood without you even realising it. If you have trouble sleeping, suffer from lack of productivity when working from home, have trouble relaxing or can’t change the musty smell from last night’s dinner, don’t panic! From candles and essential oils to diffusers and scented plants, anything goes to provide a cool scent in your home.
Simmering essential oils
You can buy natural oil diffusers which are small jars of scented oils that you can turn on in any room. The scent is guaranteed to lift your spirits and make your mood lighter. You can also dip cotton wools in your choice of essential oils such as eucalyptus or lavender and leave them in the bathroom to create a soothing spa-like environment. Likewise, it is possible to find reed diffusers refills.
You can use the age-old trick of perfuming the house by simmering a pot of spices, herbs and fruit in some water. This is very easy to do since you already have everything you need in your kitchen. Throw apple peels, lemon halves, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, aniseed and any other delicious herbs you like the smell of into a pot of water and simmer it all over low heat until the delicate perfume fills your house. Once it has cooled, strain and store in spray bottles that you can later use in the kitchen and elsewhere whenever your home needs a fresh smell.
Incense sticks and aromatic candles
Incense sticks or coils made from aromatic plants or herbs give off a heavenly scent. They are usually combined with essential oils and the variety of scents to choose from is endless. Note that Indians have a tradition of burning incense sticks regularly in the evening, which was thought to be beneficial for their homes and it’s one of the main reasons scented candles are considered a perfect way to fill your home with beautiful smells. Keep in mind, however, that you should avoid those with synthetic fragrances that may contain chemical compounds. Instead, go for natural candles made from a special blend of beeswax or soy wax. These also contain pure essential oils and natural elements that help them burn longer and thus make them much safer than synthetic candles.