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The Best Winter Scents for Your Home

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During the seemingly endless and bitterly cold days of winter, it's the little things that get us through. A warm caffeinated beverage, an intriguing novel or new television series, an afternoon ice skating trip or simply looking forward to a weekend of warmer weather keeps us entertained until the last of the snow finally melts. And when it comes to keeping your air at home fresh and enjoyable this season, there are several winter scents to get you through until spring.

Simmering Spices
There's something about the aroma of blended spices that instantly makes you feel warmer. While the same can be said about a scented candle, many are known to give off artificial scents that may not be good for you. If you really love candles and still want to use them, turn on your console air purifier while it is lit. This will help promote comfortable air in your home. As an alternative though, you can simmer a pot of a variety of spices on your stove top to create an equally invigorating aroma throughout your home. From vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, orange peels, apples and nutmeg, you can really get creative in what you add to the pot.

Baked Goods
You'd rarely turn on your oven to bake a warm bread or batch of cookies during the middle of those never-ending dog days of summer. That's what makes getting cozy and whipping up a homemade cake or tray of freshly baked cookies during a cold winter afternoon so special. Evoking thoughts of family, holidays and warmth, the irresistible aroma of homemade baked goods is enough to last the entire winter season.

Baked goods are undoubtedly one of the best winter scents that can fill your home.Baked goods are undoubtedly one of the best winter scents that can fill your home.

Typically, lavender is more of a springtime scent. However, creating this delicate, pale, flowery aroma in your home during the cold winter months is a great way to brighten your spirits and get you through those final few bitterly cold days. Waves of this purple fragrance will you remind you of the bright days that are just around the corner.

Here's how to make a lavender simmer pot at home:

  1. Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add 1 cup of dried lavender.
  3. Add 1 cinnamon stick.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon anise.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon nutmeg and 1 tablespoon whole cloves.
  6. Continue to boil for a few minutes, then bring the pot down to a simmer.
  7. If needed, add water about every 30 minutes.

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