10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Spring
Spring is a magical time of year. And like any other season, it's associated with its own signature fragrance: fresh herbs, newly-mown grass, rich earth, and flowers in full bloom. We all know that the fresh, light fragrances of spring are nature's best tonic, but how do you capture it without taking a single step outdoors? The answer is simple: all-natural ingredients and household supplies.
Herbs and flowers with strong smells—such as lavender, gardenia, citrus, and mint—tend to work best. Essential oils—extracted from the leaves, fruit peels, and petals of these plants—capture nature's subtle fragrances. Add a few droplets to distilled water and witch hazel and you have a room spray to spritz the air, walls, and furniture in your home. Burn a smudge stick bound with dried herbs, flowers, and twine. Or burn a palo santo wood bundle, which smells like lemons and pine, and is said to promote creativity, clear negative energy, and invite good luck. (They also make lovely hostess gifts if you plan on making a visit.) Sew a few sachets, pour a scented candle, or assemble a simple wreath made organically from clippings in your garden.
Here's another great tip: Hang a tied seeded-eucalyptus wreath in the bathroom where the shower's steam will release its invigorating scent. All of these ideas are customizable with different natural materials; mix and match them to discover your home's signature scent. It's like walking through a field of lavender without ever leaving your living room.
All-Natural Room Spray
Consider this spray your all-in-one wonder. Our all-natural room spray is made with just three simple ingredients (most of which should be readily available at home) and is safe to be spritzed anywhere: your linens, your closet, and the mustier spaces at home. Feel free to experiment by mixing and matching different essential oils until you find your signature scent.
In the spirit of spring renewal, you may want to try burning palo santo. This sacred wood, which originates from Mexico and parts of South America, is said to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing powers. When burned, it has a fresh-from-the-earth citrusy pine scent.
Floral Wax Sachets
These beautiful sachets can be decorated with pretty flowers or dried herbs foraged from your garden, and scented using essential oils for a customized whiff. Hang one in a window, place in a drawer, or set it beside your bedside table to soak in the beautiful smells of spring.
Smudge sticks have been used for centuries to purify the air and invite good energy into the home. The best part? These natural air fresheners are so simple to make, all you need are some dried flowers, herbs, and some twine.
Tucked with spoonfuls of fragrant dried herbs, these pouches are made with porous woven swatches that release scent. Leave them in the drawer with your linens and clothes to have them smelling like spring in no time.
Scented Paper Flowers
For flowers that will last and keep your home smelling great, try making these scented paper versions. (The trick is to use fragrance oils, which can synthetically recreate almost any aroma imaginable.)
Who doesn't love the herbal fragrance of lavender? Concoct your own infused lavender oil and use it to mix a naturally-scented spray. It can be used as a facial or body toner, or as an aromatic spray on your pillows, sheets, and blankets. The scent is relaxing to the mind and soothing on the skin.
Forage from the outdoors and you can fill your home with the fresh scent of real greenery. Hang one of these tied wreaths in the bathroom, where the shower's steam will release their invigorating scent. We made ours from a single branch of seeded eucalyptus, secured with wire, but you could do the same with bunches of rosemary or bay laurel.
Of course, nothing compares to a bouquet of freshly-cut blooms. Opt for famously fragrant varieties such as lilac, jasmine, and lily of the valley. To keep them fresh (and fragrant) for longer, remember to change the water frequently, mist the petals, and store them in the fridge overnight.