Alright, I just made this and now I feel merry and bright. The smell of the cinnamon and orange peel simmering on the stove at dinnertime just helps me de-stress, and more ready to welcome the holidays.
This little trick I do, of filling a saucepan with fragrant odds and ends at the holidays, is something I’ve been doing for over ten years. Once oranges are in season, and I am buying them a lot, my house almost always smells like a chapter in A Christmas Carol.
It costs next to nothing, and is so much better than any store-bought air freshener. Not only is it free of chemicals (that tend to give me a mild migraine), but it is made of things you are probably already eating and cooking with.
All-Natural Holiday Air Freshener
orange slices or orange peels (pretty ones not necessary)
spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves (whole or ground)
cranberries or juniper berries, optional
Fill a small saucepan halfway with water. Add in peels, spices, and berries, bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to very low and allow to simmer. Pay very close attention, refilling with water as necessary. Never leave unattended! Discard after two days.