Create your own stove-top potpourri.

Part of what makes a home is the atmosphere you create around you. The pictures on the wall, the style of furniture, and even the colors on the wall. Yet, one aspect that can play a very important role in your environment is one you can't even see... scent. Who doesn't instantly feel warmed by a memory of a baked apple pie filling the house? Certainly these tantalizing aromas can be created through air fresheners, candles, or plug ins. Yet you might wonder what kind of ingredients might be in any of these products and therefore affecting the air you breathe. What if you could create your own natural and fragrant home scent? A new trend does just that called stovetop simmers. Using easy items that may already be in your home like apple peels, cinnamon sticks, slices of citrus, fresh rosemary, and more you can create any combination of flavors in a pot filled with water and bring to a boil. Then reduce on low and simmer slowly for up to a few hours. The delicious scents will waft through the air and fill every room in the house with a warming aroma. Mix and match and place orange slices with lemon and rosemary. For more spice, fill a pot with a few pieces of clove, a stick of cinnamon and apple. Other additions and combinations can use mint, fresh cranberries, and even pinecones. Just make sure you don't leave the house with the stove on or let the water completely evaporate from the pot. This simple and natural way of creating a cozy fragrance will have everyone sniffing the air and asking 'What is that amazing smell?'

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