•Orange, cinnamon sticks, cloves and vanilla – A festive scent for the holidays, which can be enhanced by the addition of cranberries. Powdered cinnamon or a bit of apple cider can be used in place of cinnamon sticks.
•Lime, coconut oil and vanilla – Who wouldn’t want their home to smell like the tropics? The coconut oil gives off a strong scent, one that will leave you dreaming of bathing suits and fruity drinks.
On the stove
To prepare this special treat, select a day you’ll be home for a considerable period of time. Days you’ll spend cleaning or cooking or when company is coming are excellent opportunities.
Cut fruits into slices. Usually one whole fruit will do. Herbs can be chopped, broken apart by the stem or left whole. A tablespoon or two of vanilla will suffice. Only a few drops of essential oils are needed.
Fill a sauce pan half to two-thirds full of water. Toss your ingredients in the pan and bring to a boil. This releases the strongest fragrance. Reduce the heat and let simmer through the day. Feel free to allow the wonderful scent transport you to the realm of daydreams.
If leaving something simmering on the stove makes you nervous, use a crock pot to keep your ingredients warm. It’s helpful to bring them to a boil on the stove first, then transfer to your crock pot.
Do not leave your concoction completely unattended as you will occasionally need to refill the water in the pan. If you need to leave your home, turn the heat on the stove or crock pot completely off. You can resume the simmering process when you return home.
You may get repeat uses out of your brew if you put it in a jar in the fridge after the initial use. Just bring it to a simmer again to reactive the fragrance and relive your daydream all over again.