So the question is how do I get a wonderful scent without breathing in chemicals? Well, I decided to try and create my own freshener. It came to me after I peeled a fresh farmer's market treat, a juicy tangelo. I wanted to savor the smell of the peel. Pulling out my saucepan and filing it with enough water to cover the peel pieces, I began to simmer it. I immediately thought it needed something else... rosemary! I had just brought home a little tree of live rosemary for our balcony. I love rosemary. Breaking a sprig off the tree and gently separating the leaves from the stem, I tossed the rosemary in with the peel and let its aroma fill the room. So simple! The smell filled my apartment and truly created my perfect home aroma.
What a wonderful way to use every bit of what you eat and grow! I hope you try your own home perfume soon, combining your favorite foods and herbs. Once you do come back and share what you created! Enjoy!