Spring has finally sprung with flowers beginning to bloom, their fragrances wafting in the air, and the warm weather brightening our days. All that's left is to get your home smelling nice and fresh — luckily for you, we have a number of ways to leave your home smelling great using only natural ingredients and products.
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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.
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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.
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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 linesn and clothes to have them smelling like spring in no time.
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For flowers that will last and keep your home smelling great, try making these scented paper flowers. (The trick is to use fragrance oils, which can synthetically recreate almost any aroma imaginable.)
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Here's an elegant way to decorate your home for a special occasion or just to celebrate the arrival of spring. For a long space or a double-layer strand, wire together several garlands. For a smaller space or even a spring table, simply cut a shorter length of wire and use smaller buds.
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Instead of air freshener, 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.
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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.
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Not only will these candles give your home a fresh scent, lavender has been shown to help relieve insomnia, stress, and anxiety.