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Easy and simple Natural Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Autumn

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Mother Nature paints this beautiful landscape of rich golden enchanting colors. The sound of leaves crackling benefit my feet as I take a deep breath of the fresh air crisp. My soul begins to feel the renewed harmony from the hot hazy, hustle and bustle days of summer. In the distance, I hear the gabble of a flock of geese all lined up in perfect formation beginning to head south for the winter. The smell of fall scented candles and Friday night football games let’s not fail to forget the fun of tailgating. I have many fond memories of laughing around a bonfire, and staying toasty while enjoying a night out with friends. I just love the way my oversized sweater snugs my skin and the warm pumpkin latte keeps my belly warm. Fall is one of the most packed holiday seasons. This is a season to be truly thankful, and to simply surround yourself with friend and family that are dear to your heart. Falls scents make me think of Pumpkin spice lattes, gingerbread men, cinnamon and citrus flavors.

I love when guests come over and say , “Mmm! Your house smells so clean and  inviting”! “What’s your secret?” It’s really not that hard to get your house to smell wonderfully delicious. Sometimes it’s because I’ve been baking, and other times it’s because I have a pot simmering on the stove.

Autumn is a the beginning of a perfect season to start making your own scents for your  home. You can impress your friends and family  while creating a healthy all natural fall scents that are warm, comforting and cozy.

After I started researching on my journey to heal my hypothyroidism. I was stunned by  how these delightful and sometimes very expensive scents were so toxic to our bodies.

These products are often filled with  carcinogenic chemicals and other harmful toxins which can have an affect on our breathing, our hormones and our brain.

Look at some of the common chemicals found in air fresheners:

Acetaldehyde – This chemical with a deceptively innocuous fruity odor is a known carcinogen.

Benzaldehyde – Classified by United States Environmental Protection Agency as a hazardous substance, this chemical smells of almond oil.

1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol – A strong-smelling chemical known to cause kidney and liver cancers.

1,4-Dichlorobenzene – Another carcinogen with a strong smell that can mask other odors by numbing our sensory receptors.

Methyl pyrrolidone – featured on the list of Chemicals Known to the State to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity according to the California Proposition 65.

Add to these to a petroleum-based solvents and fake fragrances, and now we are talking about a potent concoction of cancer- causing substances, least not fail to mention their role in causing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Stove Top Classic’s

Pots that are simmering on the stove or using your crock pot are really easy ways to  make your home smell wonderfully amazing. it’s pretty simple. All you need to do is grab a pot, fill it with 2 cups of water, bring to a boil then add the ingredients that make up your favorite Autumn scents. I would let the pot simmer gently on the stove and adding more water when needed. Before you know it, the scent will fill be filled throughout your entire house.

Here are a few combinations of fall scents that you can play around with until you find your favorite.

Recipe #1
2 Cinnamon sticks
Apple peels
Orange rinds
Whole cloves

Recipe #2
Peel from 1 lemon
Peel from 1 orange
2 bay leaves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 Tablespoons whole cloves

Recipe #3
A few drops vanilla
Orange peels

Recipe #4
1 cup dried lavender
1 tsp anise
1 Tablespoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
1 Cinnamon stick

Recipe #5
5 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon

Recipe #6
Cinnamon sticks
Sliced oranges
Fresh cranberries
1 Tablespoon Whole cloves
Recipe #7
Apples Peels
Cinnamon sticks

1 Tablespoon Nutmeg

Recipe #8
Cinnamon sticks
1 cup fresh or dried Lavender
1 Tablespoon Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Whole cloves
Recipe #9
Peel from 1 lemon
A few drops vanilla
1 cup fresh or dried Rosemary

Essential Oil Diffuser‘s

Essential oil diffusers  are wonderful little devices that come in all shapes and sizes. They help improve your health, increase your energy,  improve your sleep, make you more relaxed, fight off illness’s, improve your mood, help you sleep better, help to reduce the  inflammation and congestion if you have a clogged nose and help you to think more clearly. I think some of the best smelling combinations of for a Fall scent includes a different variations of anise, cardamom, cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, orange, pine, rosemary, sage and vanilla.

Scents of Autumn Walking

This blend is will remind you of  walking in the woods in autumn –  damp leaves and soft moss under your feet, and let’s not forget to mention the first breath of crisp cool air that carries with it just a hint that winter is coming.

Recipe #1

3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Birch

Halloween

What a fantastic warming blend of sweet and spicy.

Recipe #2

3 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Vanilla
1 drop Cinnamon
1 drop Clove

Orange Spice

What better take on a traditional autumn scent is the combinations of an orange aroma along with cinnamon and clove.

Recipe #3

4 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Cinnamon
1 drop Clove

Earthy Citrus

This earthy combination of scents is very smooth. it tends to linger throughout your home hours after its been turned off.

Recipe #4

4 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Ginger
1 drop Patchouli

English Pomander

This scent is similar to a citrus spice but with an different interesting twist, this combination of these scents creates the sweet aroma of a traditional English pomander.

Recipe #5

3 drops Sweet Orange
1 drop Bergamot
1 drop Cinnamon
2 drops Clove
2 drops Sandalwood

Holiday party

This scent is perfect for any holiday party. All your guests will fill relaxed and happy.

Recipe #6

3 drops Frankincense
2 drops Pine
1 drop Cedarwood

Late November

This scent is inspired by the idea of a  late November weekend spent in a log cabin needled deep in the mountains.

Recipe #7

5 drops Fir Needle
2 drops Wintergreen
1 drop Rosemary
2 drops Cajeput
1 drop Cedarwood

Warm Chai tea

I simply love a cup of hot chai on a chilly fall morning.

Recipe #8

3 drops Cardamom
2 drops Cinnamon
1 drop Clove
1 drop Nutmeg
2 drops Ginger

A slice of Pumpkin Pie

What better way to bring in fall with a wonderful slice of pumpkin pie.

Recipe #9

2 drops Ginger
2 drops Cassia
1 drop Clove
1 drop Vanilla
2 drops Cardamom

 Autumn Sunrise Cold buster

These scents will have  your air ways clear in no time flat. the combinations of scents are not only immune-boosting but it helps to ward off autumn colds.

Recipe #10

2 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Eucalyptus
1 drop Cinnamon
1 drop Clove

Where To Buy An Essential Oil Diffuser

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

InnoGear 200ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser, Wood Grain

Wood Grain Aroma Diffuser is in gorgeous design. It fits in with any decor.The color changing lights make it beautiful in low light rooms. Most of all, this stylish cool mist humidifier adds moisture to your air to eliminate dryness and help with your dry chapped skin, chapped lips and dry sinuses. Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to give your room a fresh, fall clean scent. Only $39.99

 

Where To Get Essential Oils

You can click on this link and put in what scent you want to purchase. For all of the blends on this page, I use only doTerra essential oils.

doTERRA Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend – 15 mL

Non Toxic Fall Candle Scents

Everyone should have some warm and inviting candles. They are a nice way to make your home fell warm and cozy throughout the cool Fall and cold Winter months. Why not make you own all natural and safe scented candles? These super easy mason jar candles contains beeswax along with , essential oils such as cinnamon, vanilla and clove.

Cinnamon Spiced Candle

Supplies:

Instructions:

Ok you will need to start by melting your wax.  Melt  2 cups of  wax and this will make 2 candle jars. Melt one cup of wax at a time and microwave for two minutes.  Continue microwaving at 1 minute intervals until melted.  Next add the other cup of wax to the container and  microwave in one minute intervals until it is all melted.  It normally take about me about 5 minutes total.  (make sure you never use the same measuring glass that you use for your food. I have one that I use just for candle making.

Next start to prepare your candle wick while you wax is melting.  Wrap the end of the wick around a wood skewer or pencil and balance the skewer on the top of the jar-this holds the wick in place while your candle is setting. Make sure the metal end of the wick is resting on the bottom of the jar.

When the wax is completely melted add vanilla and spices, mixing well with a skewer.

Gently and slowly pour the wax mixture into your two jars, adjusting your wick necessary. Sometimes the wick likes to move, this is when you need to adjust it back into place.  Let the candles to set for 4-5 hours until firm.

Why do I use beeswax instead of other products.

Beeswax candles: Natures natural air purifier

Pure beeswax candles are healthy.  Beeswax candles produces negative ions that actually clean your air of odors, pollen, smoke, dust, dust mites, viruses, asthma, allergies, and hay fever!  Bee-wax candles leave your indoor air fresher and cleaner. Many air purifiers and water filters harness this effective negative ion technology.  They are the only candle for anyone with chemical sensitivities or allergies.

When you increase the negative ions in the air. Your mood improves and it gives you a  sense of wellness.

With increased negative ions, studies how shown that it : 

  • Improves sleep
  • Enhances immune system
  • Relief from hay fever & allergies
  • Proven to lessen asthma related symptoms
  • Improves air quality
  • Improves concentration
  • helps to balancing  hormones
  • Its’ a natural detoxification

Sneaky labeling on beeswax candles

A candle may be labeled “beeswax” if it contains as little as 10% beeswax – the remaining ingredients is most likely paraffin. watch out for  “natural” labels.  If the label doesn’t say “100% beeswax” or “pure beeswax”, it almost certainly is not.

Insist on 100% Pure Beeswax. The natural choice.

The problem with paraffin candles

“Regular candles,” are made from paraffin wax, a by-product of petroleum refining. The result? A highly toxic (and environmentally unfriendly) product that literally poisons the air you breathe.

Paraffin wax is the  sludge at the bottom of the barrel of crude oil.  Then the “Chemists” mix in toxic concoctions of colors and fragrances to make this waste product appealing to us consumers! These candles when burned release eleven documented toxins –two of which are carcinogenic.  Have you seen the black soot stains left on your walls, ceilings, furniture, and drapery.  These toxic tiny particles are easily inhaled and may cause respiratory irritation in your lungs. The American Lung Association has issued a warning against breathing the eleven documented toxins (two of which are carcinogenic) that are released, along with soot, when a paraffin candle burns.

 

Fall Scented Room Spray

Supplies needed
  • 3 tablespoons vodka, ethyl alcohol or witch hazel
  • 10 drops juniper or cedar wood essential oil
  • 10 drops clary sage or rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot or orange essential oil
  • 10 drops cinnamon or clove essential oil
Instructions

Combine all the ingredients along with filling the water to the top of the 8 oz spray bottle in a . Make sure you shake it good each time before  spritzing.
Note: All though this is completely organic and all natural it is wise not spray directly onto skin, and do avoid  spraying yourself in the face, ours eyes or inhaling.

 

Fall Potpourri with Dried Fruit + Nuts

Supplies needed
  • Dried apple slices
  • Dried orange slices
  • Whole nuts (with shells)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves
  • Juniper berries
  • Dried rose hips
  • Laurel (bay) leaves
  • Pine cones
  • Essential oils: cedar wood, clove, cinnamon, orange and pine are all great together

This is your creation. I love making homemade potpourri . it has a wonderful light scent and a variety of colors and textures. You can place this on a table in a nice decorative bowl, or allow it to work as a deodorizer for the bathroom or kitchen. I like to add everything into a big jar, sprinkle with the essential oils and gently toss. Then your can pour it in a bowl to show off.

Apple Spice

Supplies needed

3 tbsp dried apple slices
1/2 cup pink and red carnation petals
1/4 cup dried sweet woodruff leaves
2 tbsp crumbled cinnamon or one 3″ cinnamon stick
1 whole nutmeg, grated (1 1/2 tsps)
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 tbsp julienne orange peel
3 drops of cinnamon or vanilla scented oil

You will want to dry your apples, slice them paper thin and place the apple slices on a baking sheet in a single layer for 30 minutes in a  150 degree oven.

After the apple slices have completely dried, mix dried apple slices with remaining ingredients.

You can also add a 1/2 cup of this potpourri to 2 cups of water in a crock pot or simmer it on a stove on low heat. After you done if you want to reuse it, strain it, allow it  let dry and place it in a container with a lid.

Scented Pine Cones

This is my favorite thing to have in a nice decorated bowl. Instead of buying those chemically loaded bags of cinnamon pine cones that you see at the stores. Why not make your own.  it’s so easy to make these, just two ingredients! This is a great way to get your kids involved. They will love gathering up the pine cones!

Bake your pine cones in the oven at 200F for one hour. Allow them to cool.  Once cooled, sprinkle with essential oils and keep in an air-tight container for up to one week to allow the scent to develop. Remove them and place around your home, if needed add more  essential oils when the scent starts to fade. keep the extra pine cones in a resealable plastic bag for the scent to last longer. Sprinkle drops of essential oils on the cones, seal and shake. Leave in bag for at least one week.

We all know the most common scent for pine cones is cinnamon. But you can use any these essential oil scents , or even mix some together.

Supplies needed
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine

 

Herby Fire-Starters

Supplies needed
  • Coffee filters
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Dried orange and apple peels
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Lavender

This is such a easy and simple way to have some homemade fire-starters. grab you a box of coffee filters and a handful of the spice mixture, next stuff those filters with the mixture. Take a threaded the needle and sew the top opening closed.

Cinnamon Carpet Freshener

Supplies needed
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 30 drops essential oil(s)
    OR
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or ground cloves

Instructions:

Mix the borax and baking soda in a container. Next add your essential oils or the ground cinnamon or ground gloves. Make sure it is free of lumps.  Pour mixture in a an empty shaker container.  Shake the powder onto your carpets, and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming thoroughly.

 

Pumpkin Spice Aroma

Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend

20 drops organic Cinnamon essential oil
20 drops organic Ginger essential oil
20 drops organic Nutmeg essential oil
15 drops organic Clove Bud essential oil
5 drops organic Cardamom essential oil

 Add all the essential oils to a glass bottle. A  1/4oz bottle will hold this blend great. After you’ve placed all the drops in the bottle , tighten the lip of the cap and gently invert the bottle to blend the oils but please don’t shake to mix the blend.

   Add some water to your essential oil diffuser reservoir.  Next, add 5-6 drops of the Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend. Place a beeswax tea Light in the base of your of your diffuser and soon you room will be filled with a delightful a spicy aroma!

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way,   Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving.      
and   Secrets to my Hypothyroidism Success:: A Personal Guide to Hypothyroidism Freedom.   You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
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