10 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Good for Christmas and Other Holidays Without Making Your Allergies Worse
Posted Dec 18 2013 10:03pm
Do you want to have a great smelling home for Christmas yet, you are sensitive to smells or have a lot of allergies?
Here are 10 ways you can make your home smell great without allergic reactions.
1. Diffuse Essential Oils. This is always a good idea during the Winter months anyway since diffusing essential oils can help kill bacteria and viruses in the air and make it so that you can sick less often. The smell from diffusing essential oils lasts a pretty long time and few people have allergies to real therapeutic grade essential oils.
2. Make a natural air freshener with water and a few drops of essential oils. This is another idea that can work really well. This is especially good if you are in a hurry and need to cover up the smell of some burned food or some other unpleasant smell and you don’t have the time to wait for a diffuser.
3. Burn natural soy or palm wax candles only. Candles made from paraffin wax create a lot of soot and are horrible for the environment and for your health no matter if you have allergies or not. Obviously this one will only work if you are able to handle candles and the perfumes. Make sure that if you do try this one, that you find a candle that is completely natural. Personally Mia Bella Candles are my favorite. They are made from pure palm wax and even though I have a lot of allergies, these candles have never bothered me.
4. Decorate with dried herbs. This is another way to get a great smell and yet enjoy them without allergies and with some added health benefits. Again as with all of these suggestions you’ll want to make sure that whatever herbs you use are ones that you do not have a reaction to.
5. Boil herbs in water for the smell and then drink the tea for your health. This works especially well with herbs like peppermint or thyme.
6. Slice open a lemon or orange and leave it on the counter on a plate and let the smell absorb into the air. This is a great way to deodorize the air and to get a great smell. Then you can eat the fruit later as well.
7. Make apple cider with cinnamon and instead of drinking it right away let the smell from the pot boiling absorb into the air. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice glass of apple cider at Christmas time?
8. If you want a pine smell but you can’t have a real Christmas tree, try a pine candle if you can handle it, or try boiling a few leaves from a pine tree and see if that works. Sometimes this will cause fewer allergy problems than keeping a real Christmas tree in your home for a month.
9. Boil water with essential oils in it. This can work just like the herbs if you have essential oils in your cupboard but you don’t have the herbs handy.
10. Put a few drops of essential oils inside your vacuum bag and vacuum your house. You need to clean and vacuum your house anyway so you might as well use some essential oils to deodorize the carpet and to create a nice smell.
These are just a few ideas and I’m sure you can come up with more ways to make your home smell good for Christmas and without all the chemicals and allergies.
AnnaLaura Brown is a health coach who helps people manage and control their health using essential oils and other natural forms of medicine instead of drugs. She specializes in allergies, asthma and autism and has personally struggled with all three of these and strives to help others realize that you don't have to use drugs for these and you can live a happy and productive life despite health challenges. Be sure to visit my site .