Combining different herbs and spices to scent the home or cover up unpleasant odors has been going on since the time of the ancient Egyptians, states Janice Cox in her book "Natural Beauty at Home." Pleasant options included the use of spices to add taste and fragrance to baked dishes, jellies, meat and fruits such as the autumn favorites of apple cider, cinnamon cookies, roast turkey and pumpkin pie. You can create your own homemade autumn spice blends to fill your house with the scents of fall.
Homemade autumn spice scents the air and covers up other odors. It evokes the feelings of safety and comfort. Make it from ingredients already in the kitchen and house. Use slices of fruits, nuts, flowers, such as marigolds, roses and mums, as well as fall leaves. Mix with spices and add essential oils.
Essential oils derived from spices and herbs such as sage, used in turkey stuffing, are said to have benefits of calming, reducing stress, energizing and relaxing depending on the spice or herb. The smell of rosemary is said to be boost mental activity according to organicfacts.net Combining different scents and oils can produce more than one effect.
Oil, potpourri, candles and diffusers are all ways homemade autumn scent is dispersed. Essential oil is dropped on heated rings, light bulbs --not lighted-- and potpourri to refresh it. Candles have the scent added to the wax before the candle is molded. Reed diffusers wick the scented oil up from a closed container. When the scent dissipates, turn the reed around and put the other end into the container.
The scents of autumn include cinnamon, cloves, nuts, anise, smoke, apple, pears, rosemary and wood. Most homemade potpourri for fall is in shades of orange, red, rust and brown. It may contain whole nuts, fruit slices, whole and ground spices and essential or artificial oils.
Autumn spices, such as vanilla, cinnamon and cloves smell like food. Small children may be tempted to eat potpourri that smells good, especially if it also has dried apple, pear or citrus slices. Some of the oils, such as cinnamon used to scent potpourri cause skin irritation. Other ingredients, such as wood shavings, may be indigestible. Dried flowers that aren't edible cause stomach upsets.