It’s beginning to SMELL a lot like Christmas!

By Jessica Sly

Fresh pine

Fresh cut pine boughs can provide a natural welcoming scent for your home.

Ah, the aromas of the holidays! There’s nothing like the smell of fresh pine needles, ginger cookies baking in the oven or spicy apple cider warming on the stove.

There are many ways to get your house smelling like the holidays without having to use artificial aerosol sprays or lighting dangerous candles.

Love candles but worry about the risk of open flame? Place your favorite scented candle on a candle warmer – a flat heating pad that slowly melts the wax, releasing the aroma into the air.

Bring some fresh cut pine boughs or pine cones indoors and place in arrangements throughout your home for a natural outdoorsy scent.

Simmer up some fragrance! Add aromatic favorites like cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, orange peels and cloves to a pot half full of water. Simmer and let the smells seep into your home.

An easier option is to add some favorite winter scented essential oils, such as cedar, pine, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, sweet orange or peppermint in diffusers and place in different rooms. You can also add an essential oil to your humidifier. Be careful – a little goes a long way!

Don your baking mitts. There’s nothing like the smell of fresh baked goodies wafting through the house. Molasses, chocolate chip, sugar – any kind of cookie will get you that sweet smell. Your tastebuds will reap the rewards as well!

No time to bake? Simply warm your oven to 350 degrees, line a baking pan with aluminum foil and sprinkle on cinnamon and brown sugar. Turn the oven off and place the tray inside. Voila! A fresh baked aroma without all the hassle.

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