• Cinnamon Decorations & Natural Potpourri

    I love diffusing essential oils in our home and especially enjoy when the fragrance of a home-cooked meal lingers in the air.   I have also tried using outlet plug-ins, scented candles, and potpourris but my sensitive nose, skin and throat do not like anything with chemicals in them…and I’m trying to keep everything in our home and bodies as natural as possible (and with respect to the environment!) Additionally, there are often balls or nerf darts flying through the air in our house (boys!) and dogs running in circles so candles and glass objects are safety hazards!  =)  Therefore, I have begun to experiment with safe, simple, natural alternatives to readily available commercial options.  

    Ayurveda Tip:  Cinnamon and citrus are gently stimulating, earthy and warm in nature, which is a balanced blend for Vata and Kapha dosha…especially in colder months.  As Pitta dosha is inherently sensitive to synthetic chemical compounds, these natural ingredients won’t trigger your allergies!

    The first recipe is a childhood favorite:

    Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

    • 1 cup of applesauceIMG_6817
    • 3/4 cup of cinnamon
    • Optional:  Add 10 drops of favorite essential oils.  I used a nutmeg, clove & cinnamon blend, plus a few drops of ylang ylang. 

    Mix well.  Sprinkle the counter with cinnamon to prevent the dough from sticking and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.  Use an upside down cup to cut out circles or use cookie cutters to make different shapes.  If you want to make hanging ornaments, use a straw to cut out a small circle before baking.

    Bake at 250 for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until dry and crisp.

    Place in a decorative bowl or thread ribbon through hole and hang.  Enjoy!

     

    The second recipe is a recent favorite and I look forward to continued experimentation!

    Natural Potpourri

    • 3 oranges, sliced in rounds about 1/8 inch thick
    • 1 lemon, sliced in rounds about 1/8 inch thick
    • 6 inches of fresh ginger, sliced in rounds the size of a nickel or quarter
    • Sprinkle with cinnamon
    • Add 10 drops of favorite essential oils.   This time I used lemon.
    • Optional: fresh flower blossoms, pinecones, rosemary, etc.

    IMG_6822Slice the oranges, lemon and ginger and lay between two towels to soak up excess juice.  Place on a baking sheet and bake at 250 for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until dried completely.  If you are using fresh herbs or flowers, you’ll need to lower the temperature to 200 and bake a while longer.  You may want to turn the slices over halfway through.  Place in a decorative bowl and enjoy. 

     

    If you have variations that you would like to share please leave a comment!

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