Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Scent of Christmas

During the holidays we are taken in by the scent of a fresh cut Christmas tree.  There are many candles, room sprays, and oils that try to mimic the scent, but nothing replaces the real thing.  Unfortunately, 'real' Christmas trees aren't always the best choice in some homes.  Here's an excellent alternative:  Evergreen boiling blocks. 

Next time to pass your local Christmas tree lot, stop and ask for a few of the end cut pieces.  With every tree purchase, the tree merchant will typically give the trunk of the tree a fresh cut.  These end cut pieces are loaded with natural oils. 

Place 1-3 cut pieces (depending on size) into a pan of simmering hot water.  Within minutes, the room will begin to fill with the scent of a fresh cut tree. 

You can also use these end cut pieces in other ways - drill a small hole at one end of the piece and loop a piece of twine through the hole.  If you have forced air heat, you can secure the piece inside of your floor heat vent.  As the warm air passes over the block of wood, the oils will be released. 

This is a great 'green' way to fill your home with the scent of the holidays and best of all, it's free!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great idea! Maybe without the green stuff attached, my cat won't eat it! :0)

Elaine said...

We still get a real tree each year as much for the the evergreen scent as for the look. I have not heard of this idea before and it sounds like a much better way to get a natural scent of the tree rather than purchasing candles and oils.

Pru said...

What a great idea. We collected our tree on Saturday and are enjoying the smell as we enter the living room, but it would be lovely to smell the tree from elsewhere. I will go find wood to boil!

Hope you and David are well and enjoying this time of the year.

Merry Christmas to you both.