Friday, October 19, 2012

The giveaway is almost over

Just a reminder, you have until Monday, October 21 at midnight est to enter to win a Samhain Ancestors spell kit form EmKat creations.  Visit this post to enter. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Room spray

This is the time of year when I start to notice smells. As my cooking shifts to recipes that make use of onion, garlic, and sausage, the house begins to smell.  Since the weather is cooler, it's not always practical to leave the windows open (especially since rain storms in the fall tend to mean raining sideways into the windows).

There are many, many ways to deodorize your home.  I don't use the store bought spray deodorizers because they make me choke, and I'm concerned about the chemicals in them; candles are another option, but they aren't practical or safe if you won't be home to watch them. Homemade alternatives are readily available. Some are very complex, like making incense. Others are so simple and effective that you wonder why you didn't do them earlier. Personally, I prefer the simple ones.  I also prefer scents that blend well with other scents, rather than something that covers up all other scents.

Room Spray- this spray is a warm, woody scent that layers well with seasonal scents like apple and pumpkin.

10 drops bergamot essential oil (prosperity)
7 drops peppermint essential oil (protection)
4 ounces of water (distilled is best, but don't worry if you don't have any)
1 plastic spray bottle

Combine water and oils in the bottle, shake well then mist on carpets, throw pillows, and curtains.  Shake before each use.  Store away from direct sunlight.

Orange cup room deodorizer- if you juice oranges, this may be a perfect use of the rind.

One half of an orange, flesh removed to make a cup (oranges promote happiness)
salt (salt absorbs odors as well as negativity)

Fill the orange rind with salt and leave on a counter to absorb odors.  If you live in a high humidity area, the rinds will begin to mold after a day or two and should be thrown out or composted. Do not reuse the salt for cooking (if you need to scrub a stubborn pot or baking dish this makes an ideal abrasive cleaner).

Cinnamon steam

2-3 sticks of cinnamon (you can use cloves as well, but I find them too strong) (healing, love, protection)
1 small sauce pot of boiling water

Add the cinnamon sticks to the boiling water and let the steam scent the air.  This covers most nasty smells (trust me, I used it when I had a project for an archaeology class that involved macerating a fish skeleton- which smelled to high heaven).  The cinnamon sticks will last several days, but the water level will need to be continually monitored and the pot may need special attention to get it clean.

Have you entered the giveaway for a Samhain spell kit from the incredible generous and sweet Kat at EmKat Creations?