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Powerful Ways to Add Sensory Beauty To Your Home

Aug 15, 2008
Finding ways to scent a car, office, or home can be a powerfully relaxing way to bring sensory beauty to your environment. We'll be exploring methods that can be done.

Carpet Freshener - Very easy to make yourself. Get a pound of baking soda and mix with it a few drops of essential or fragrance oil and mix in a food processor. Pour this mixture out on a cookie sheet and allow to dry a few hours, stirring occasionally. Store in an airtight container.

Two ways you can use this freshener. One is sprinkle on your carpets directly and allow to sit a few minutes, the simply vacuum up. Another way is to put some freshener directly into the vacuum bag and as you vacuum, it'll release scent.

Take a small saucepan at home and add apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange or lemon peel. Simmer this mixture on low adding small amounts of water as necessary so it doesn't run dry. Very homey inviting scent to all who smell this.

Scent a centerpiece with this unique idea. Bake a fresh bundt cake and take a small jar and fill it will fragrant flowers. Set this small jar in the center of the bundt cake. Try different scent combinations. One great one to try is a lemon bundt cake with honeysuckle flowers. The combinations are limitless tho.

Scent your pillows. You can either do a light misting of your favorite perfume (test for color fastness of your linens first), or get an already made linen spray to use. Another method is to insert a small amount of potpourri side a small sachet bag and either pin to the side of the pillow or insert into the pillow case.

Closet or linen drawer scenting. Place dried sprigs of lavender in between layers of towels and sheets and along the sides of the linens. Lavender is both a moth and insect repellent, as well as a calming and soothing scent for humans.

Scent some seashells for a visual and scent pleasure in your bathroom or bedroom. For small shells, soak a couple minutes in olive oil with a couple drops of essential oil added. For large shells, add a couple drops of essential oil directly to the inside of the shell. Then place the shells in a decorative tray or basket.

Scented powder puff. Get one of those luxurious powder puffs along with your favorite scented powder. Take a long bubble bath then pamper yourself with this scented powder after drying off. The scent stays a long time and you'll feel pampered and de-stressed.

Finding ways to incorporate scents, textures, sights and sound can help us relax and combat the stress in our rushed, tension and pressure filled lives. Sometimes simply touches help us to remember to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.
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By Rachel Ray who loves finding new creative ideas to improve the enjoyment of life. Visit her site dedicated to making life more comfortable and reducing stress.
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