Eco-Activity #94: Homemade potpourri

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Unless you live in a forest surrounded by evergreen trees (if you do we’re totally jealous because that sounds really cool), winter might not have a “smell” like other seasons tend to. When there are no flowers growing and no fresh cut grass swirling around outside, coming home to a burst of cozy scents can be a real treat in the middle of the winter. And when it’s your own home, it can become a choose-your-own-adventure for your winter-nipped nose to come home to! A great way to DIY your favourite at-home scents can be to make your very own potpourri using natural ingredients!

Here are a few things you can use to experiment and create your signature winter scent:

  • Collect some fresh needles from your favourite evergreen tree: pine, spruce, or hemlock are all great options to harvest needles from
  • A piece of tree stump (the sappier the better)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Raw cranberries
  • Orange slices or peels
  • Dried or fresh peppermint leaves (hint: peppermint tea is often pure peppermint leaves)
  • Dried or fresh rosemary
  • Apple slices
  • Cardamom
  • Vanilla extract
  • Grated nutmeg

Put your ingredients in a shallow heat-proof bowl or pot and add water halfway. Another great option is to use a mason jar, but poke holes in the lid to allow the scents to evaporate and escape. Place this in a warm place (safely away from any pets or clumsy family members) such as on top of a radiator, over part of a heating vent, or on the stove on the lowest setting if you’re using a pot.

Enjoy the woodsy winter scents filling your home!

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