The holidays are in full swing. But, as we are rushing around crossing off Christmas lists, untangling endless strings of lights and cooking for potluck parties, we have to remember that the holidays should be a time to slow down and enjoy the company of others.
What better way to calm the nerves than with a few nostalgic scents of Yule? Below are some fantastic homemade recipes to leave simmering on your stove while you host get-togethers, watch football games and place stockings on your chimney with care. These scents are perfect to have wafting through your house all season and will surely spread that cozy winter spirit.
And, 'tis the season for giving, right? Why not bundle up some of these little ingredients and package them in a Mason jar for that perfect hostess gift (when you are tired of gifting wine).
So, amidst your holiday run-around, take a minute to stop and smell the roses — and warm cinnamon and fresh pine and creamy vanilla and cheery cranberry and...
This one's a classic. Brought to you by Rachel Schultz, this recipe has citrusy notes infused with those warm, familiar spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.
A perfect blend of fall and winter, this recipe calls for pinecones, apples and cinnamon sticks. It's super easy, super quick and will set your mind at ease as it slowly simmers away in your kitchen.
The scent of fresh balsam fir is my absolute favorite around Christmas time. This recipe will brighten your house with woodsy, herbal flavors and will have you craving to grab a blanket and cozy up by a warm, crackling fire.
Along with the joy of snowflakes, twinkling lights and eggnog can come those dreaded colds and flus as well. The ingredients in this recipe are cleansing and purifying, and can help clear your lungs and nostrils. Give it a try to help clear your head and lift your spirit.
If you're looking for something a little different, try this one. With just a few ingredients, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla, your home will smell like a gingerbread house in no time. Be sure to check out Holly's other recipes, like Vanilla Spice and Holiday Love.
Don't be afraid to get creative: Add a drop of peppermint here, a splash of vanilla there, or a peel of ginger over there. Try small pieces of firewood or even a few drops of essential oils like cedarwood, chamomile or rose. The sky's the limit... just watch out for that sleigh!
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