Clean and Refresh Your Home With All Natural Warming Fall Scents (DIY)

Fall cleaning: It’s not as common a phrase as “spring cleaning,” but preparing our nests for the long winter is just as wonderful as cleaning out the cobwebs after a cold season spent indoors. And using botanical oils to get our homes cozy for fall is a natural way to nix cold-weather illnesses and boost spirits.

Fall Scents to Warm the Home and Heart

Anise: The slightly sweet and aromatic scent of anise has spicy undertones. It is commonly described as licorice-like. In addition to being a powerful antiseptic, anise also has antifungal properties, as detailed in a 2005 study in the journal Acta Pharmaceutica. The essential oil makes a potent ingredient in any disinfectant cleanser.

Cinnamon: One of the oldest spices used by humans, cinnamon has a characteristic spicy fragrance. Various studies have reported the strong antimicrobial activity in cinnamon extract, and the essential oil has been found to be especially effective in repelling insects. Cinnamon’s stimulating volatile oils are also vasodilating, increasing circulation and warmth in the body.

Clove: The hot, spicy scent of clove has a sweet finish. Energizing clove oil possesses antihistamine, antiseptic, antifungal and antiparasitic properties. But its real strength lies in its antibacterial applications. In 2009, the Journal of Food Science noted the significant effects of clove oil against several bacterial strains, including Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes. The oil inhibited the growth of these bacteria when used directly or in a vaporized form.

Fir: The fragrance of the fir pine tree is one of the finest coniferous scents. Fresh, balsamic and piney in fragrance, the oil and resin of the fir were traditionally used for their antiseptic properties. Use it in your home to disinfect especially noxious areas by adding it to an all-purpose cleanser. The volatile oils are energizing and can help protect against respiratory diseases.

Rosemary: Truly intoxicating, the scent of rosemary is fiery and spicy with a hint of pine. The volatile oils of rosemary have long-lasting antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which make it a favorite in cleansers and sprays. It is also highly effective at dissolving grease and repelling insects thanks to its high camphor content.

Naturally Clean and Fresh

Making your own cleansers for a fresh home is easy and economical. The first step is to stock up on basic ingredients such as white vinegar, baking soda and a few spray bottles. Then, gather some old towels or T-shirts to use for rags. Finally, use the scents of warming essential oils in any one of these easy formulas for a fresh fall fragrance.

Clove Spice Air Freshener

1 cup water
10 drops cinnamon essential oil
5 drops anise essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
1 tablespoon witch hazel

1. Combine all ingredients well.

2. Pour into a spray bottle.

3. Spray generously throughout the home, avoiding contact with eyes.

Rosemary-Fir All-Purpose Disinfectant Cleaner

2 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
25 drops rosemary essential oil
25 drops fir essential oil

1. Combine all ingredients well.

2. Pour into a large spray bottle.

3. Use to cleanse and disinfect kitchens, bathrooms and counter tops.

 

 

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