Personalized All Natural Room Scents
I’ve been growing my own herbs in the window.
At first I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them. I’ve never really grown herbs before. They were on an end cap at Lowe’s calling my name with the tiny clip-on chalkboard tags and the little tin buckets….put there for people just like me who go into Lowe’s to buy a light and come out with an herb kit.
I wasn’t sure if they would actually grow.
Well….actually I wasn’t sure if I would remember to water them.
But I did.
And they grew.
And now I have herbs and I need to think up something to do with them.
Some people would use them to cook. They would be making a sauce from a recipe their grandmother gave them and have the herbs sitting in their kitchen window ready to be pinched off and added to a hundred-year-old recipe that only called for fresh basil.
I’m not some people….and my grandmother’s best friend was Sarah Lee.
So I’m using them to make homemade room scents…..personalized just for me….from herbs and citrus and extracts.
When I was younger, we traveled to the New England coastline every summer. Long lazy days were spent on jetty-lined beaches with the salty sea air dancing across the sand. There were clam bakes and sailboat rides and treasure hunts for sea glass and quiet afternoons spent in the summer sun. I can still remember the first glimpse of the ocean with the pounding surf and the constantly changing tide. As we rounded the corner on the winding gravel road, we would roll down the car windows and breathe in the smell of summer.
It was always the same. It never changed…..that amazing, wonderful combination of sand and shore and ocean breezes.
And we would know that another summer had begun.
And that we were home.
That’s what these room scents smell like to me.
Simple, clean and welcoming.
A little less salt air and a little more Kentucky countryside….but full of the smell of fresh air and joy.
Just like home.
To create my personalized scent, I started with two fresh lemons and then added 2 stalks of rosemary and a teaspoon of vanilla in 2 quarts of water in a pan on the stove. I brought the ingredients to a boil and then turned the heat down to let them simmer.
As the water evaporated, I added more water to keep the fruit and herbs covered at all time.
And as the mixture simmered, the house was full of the smell of spring.
The subtle smell of freshly squeezed lemons combined with the heady scent of vanilla and an occasional whiff of rosemary.
It was light and refreshing and full of the joy of the everyday.
I added the extra ingredients I had in a mason jar and stored it for a couple of days in the refrigerator until I was ready to simmer them on the stove.
You could create other scent combinations with mint or lime or ginger or citrus fruits like oranges. Why not add a stick of cinnamon or bay leaves or even almond extract?
The possibilities are endless.
All you need is mother nature…..a herb kit from the end cap at Lowe’s…..and a little imagination!
PS If you have ever done this….I would love to know what combination works for you.
PPS In the interest of full disclosure….I bought the herbs from the store….mine are still too young to make a room smell. But give us another month….and watch out world.