Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Capture the Scent of the Season

There is no scent like that of a Balsam or a Fraser Fir tree.

If you use an artifical tree but long for the true scent of the season, follow this simple suggestion and you'll have the scent of a beautiful Christmas tree all through your house!

Visit your local tree farm or farmers market that is sells Christmas trees. Most all of these Christmas tree vendors will make a 'fresh cut' on the base of the tree trunk leaving behind small pine disks that typically get thrown away. Before they make their way into the wood chipper or landfill, ask your local tree seller if you can have a few!

Placing the disc in a pan of simmering and steaming water extracts the natural oils from the wood, filling your home with the wonderful scent of a fresh cut tree. Each tree trunk disc will last for about 12 hours. Another option is placing the disc in an electric potpurri pot filled 1/2 way with water. As the water heats and steam rises, the scent will be relased into the air. You'll get that farm fresh evergreen scent that no candle can replicate!

One important note: Use an old pan if you elect to use the stove top simmering method.. the natural 'gum' that is also extracted during the simmering process is impossible to remove.


claudinehk said...

That is one of the best ideas ever!!!

Elaine said...

I agree that this is the best idea I have heard it a long time! Our house is smelling like Christmas since we put up our live tree - just nothing like it.