This is an easy way to fill your house with a spicy, wintry, heartwarming scent, without any toxic chemicals. It also doubles as a mini steam bath, perfect for relieving dry throats and helping to thin out and loosen mucus if you’ve got a cold, inhaling warm moist air is a life saver, just be careful not to scald yourself.
If you get into the habit of saving (rather than composting) your lemon, lime and orange peels, and any apple and pear skins you can add them to your mix too. Here’s how to do it …
Ge a small saucepan and fill with water, bring it to the boil and add the ingredients listed below. Boil for five minutes to infuse then turn down to a simmer and that’s it. Be sure to add more water as needed. You can also do this in a small crock pot.
3 Cinnamon sticks
Peel from 1 orange and 1 lemon, or slice up half of each
2 Tablespoons whole cloves
2 Bay leaves