Merry Christmas, everyone! So how’s your Christmas preparation going? It’s become entertainment for me to check all the decorations on Instagram. The fairy lights, hot chocolates, and scented candles always make me feel festive!
Talking about the hot chocolate, I have had it from Tim Hortons as well as Starbucks. But I think homemade hot chocolates (with Marshmallows) are way tastier than the shop bought ones. What’s your thought? I have already planned to buy the fairy lights. And, now, coming to the scented candles, I always wanted to try Christmasy candles (with Vanilla and Spices). I exactly knew from where I needed to buy those candles as I had seen the ads everywhere. Still, I was doubtful of the demerits of the scented candles, as the fragrances always scare me a bit!
I wanted my home to smell Christmasy, of all those spices and vanilla, but I was not sure of how healthy would be burning a scented candle for a long time. Furthermore, we live in an apartment with less air circulation. I decided to Google if there is any health dangers caused by lighting the shop bought scented candles. Then thousands of facts popped up! The first point was “Scented candles are a huge source of indoor air pollution. They actually put off a lot of dangerous chemicals.” What!! my dreams just shattered into pieces. I had watched several videos on a loop which told I should not try the candles and the reason started from the wicks. The wicks used in almost all scented candles are made of metals like lead and burning these wicks produce hazardous gases. Even, the paraffin waxes produce the same effect of diesel fumes.
I did not want to take the risk at that point but, definitely wanted to make my home smell amazing. My next option was buying an oil diffuser but, we cannot trust the oils available in the shops. It could also contain chemicals unless we get the organic one. I searched the Internet for a healthy alternative and stumbled upon Simmering Potpourri. Potpourri is a blend of fruits and spices, used as natural air-freshener, prepared by simmering the mixture on the stove. It could be also in dry forms, which contains spices, dried flowers and, herbs.
I instantly realized this was what I wanted! All ingredients were easily available at home and, I only had to buy oranges. Once it started simmering, the aroma spread all over the room and it was extremely soothing. The Potpourri is easy to prepare, as all you need to do is combine everything, add water, and simmer it on the stove.
Orange peels – 2 Oranges
Lemon – 1, sliced
Cinnamon sticks – 2
Clove – 4 to 5
Nutmeg – 2
Vanilla Extract – 3 drops
How to Prepare:
Mix everything in a saucepan and add water.
Keep the stove on low flame.
The aroma starts coming once the mixture starts simmering.
Once you are done, you can close the lid and reuse it by adding water the next time, until the whole mixture becomes completely rotten.
This whole Potpourri thing is new to me and I’m glad I could find a natural alternative for room-fresheners. Now, I want to try the Oil Diffusers, only if I find organic oils. Hope you liked the post and you should definitely try it. If you know any organic oils, please do comment down below.