slice of organic life :: diy natural scents

organic lifetoday's topic is something that i've become really passionate about, however, it can be a little overwhelming, so we're going to ease into it- post by post!  we're going to start off with some handmade how-to's for natural scents to use in your home- that's easy enough, right?

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by simply using some essential oils and herbs, you can create natural and healthy scents for you home and body- and, they're really easy!  if you don't have that much time on your hands, you can always look for products at your health food store that use essential oils.  that's also where you'll most likely have to go to purchase a few of your  favorite essential oil scents for this handmade how-to.

now for the diy stuff:

Rosemary: invigorating, woodsy scent. handmade how to: mix a few drops with  grapefruit essential oils for a fresh-smelling room mister.

neroli (citrus): helps mitigate stress, anxiety, and insomnia.  handmade how to: add 5 to 10 drops of citrus essential oil to 1 ounce of unscented body lotion for a scrumptious handmade lotion.

lavender: calms, relaxes, and balances emotionshandmade how to: add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 ounce of water in a mister, and spray your pillows and sheets for a relaxing night's sleep.

palmarosa: a warm floral scent that acts to gently strengthen the nervous system. handmade how to: add 5 to 10 drops essential oil to 1 ounce of almond oil and add to a warm bath.

rather than using synthetic plug-ins or candles, you can also simmer cinnamon sticks, cloves or allspice on the stove for a fragrant  room freshener!

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[yellow army]

now for the ugly part (remember, we're easing into it!): a little known fact is that the fragrance industry (for the home and body) is self-regulated.  that means that they alone are responsible for overseeing their own safety testing (w/out input from the fda) and that they don't have to show their results, or their ingredient lists to anyone else.

perfumes, colognes, candles, plug-ins and other scented products contain an abundance of harmful chemicals (many are listed on the epa's hazardous waste list) including carcinogens, neurotoxins, respiratory irritants, petro chemicals and narcotics- which have all been linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. whew!

BUT! the good news is it's easy to avoid.   making your own home scents is a great start.  and, when shopping for products, check the ingredients to make sure that the word fragrance does not appear.  if it lists fragrance, then you can bet it has harmful chemicals in it.  health food stores make this easy!

so, go start checking your labels! and let us know if you try some of these how-tos, or have some of your own that you would like to share!

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  • You have put 2 jam recipes on your site and do not mention processing the jam in a water bath/pressure canner. Is this not necessary for homemade jams? I have always processed the jams I make, but that doesn’t make it right.

    Thanks for the input.
    Betty