This Christmas, not only can you make your conservatory into your very own Winter Wonderland – but you can also learn ways to make your conservatory smell like Christmas too.
Having a conservatory that’s as amazing on the nose, as it is on the eyes, will truly make a great Christmas and here are some tips to help you do just that.
Jam jar scents
These are so simple to make, all you need are:
- Jars with lids.
- Herbs, spices and fruit.
Take a combination of herbs & spices, including some favourites: oranges, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and heat in 2 pints of water. Once hot- (do not allow to boil) transfer into a jar and with the lid on, shake. Remove the lid and place around the room, taking care to place out of reach of small children and pets. The rich aroma of the combination of spices and hot water will travel throughout the room for hours. Just reheat to intensify the scent. One jar will last for a few days.
Can’t face a real tree? Then mix half a pint of water, with 6 drops of essential oil of pine, pour into a spray bottle, and give it that ‘touch of forest’. This can also be used when your real tree starts to lose its aroma after a few days.
Potpourri has long been more than an air freshener, it also acts as a room decoration. By mixing together some festive ingredients you really can add some Christmas spice to your Conservatory Dining area. Take :
- 3 small pine cones.
- 2 whole cinnamon sticks.
- 6 slices of dried orange (dried out in a low oven for 3 hours).
- 6 Star Anise.
Arrange these items in a bowl, or a basket, and place around the room.
White sage sticks
Some of us are only familiar with sage when it’s paired with onion, and that’s a smell that transports us straight to the Christmas dinner table. Burning white sage sticks (known also as smudging) not only gives off a real festive aroma, but the smoke is reported to hold properties that can cleanse and heal the body. To make an interesting table ornament, take an orange and pin with cloves and a sage stick and let the blend of flavours waft across the table.
For a quick trick, take 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract, put into a cup, and place in the oven at 300 degrees for around an hour. The smell from this will fill your home and spread through each and every room within minutes.
Take an unscented candle and add a drop of two of essential oils right next to the wick as the wax starts to melt. You can choose from either a single, or a blend of flavours such as:
- Cinnamon & apple
- Orange & chocolate
- Pine needle
- Ginger & nutmeg
Spray bottle favourites
As well as adding essential oils to candles, you can also add them to water and use as a spray on your tree, plants, potpourri, or as a room freshener. One of the most popular mixtures that emits a smell totally indicative of Christmas is:
- Star anise
This mix can also be simply poured onto a cloth and wiped over a radiator or heater to give off an “Immediate burst of festive fragrance.”
Making your conservatory festive this Christmas isn’t as difficult as you may think, and as you look up through the glass roof, you may even be lucky enough to spot a certain person’s sleigh flying through the night sky!Tags: aromas, christmas