6 Stove Top Aromatherapy Recipes That Will Have You Blowing Out Your Candles For Good

Nothing beats a good-smelling house. When we walk through the door after a long day of work, many of us are quick to light our favorite scented candle to fill the room with a calming aroma that can help us unwind. Others might spray air fresheners for a quick spruce-up before guests come over, or burn incense sticks to get their zen on.
While using candles, air fresheners, and incense sticks in your home can certainly set a variety of moods, many of them emit toxic chemical ingredients into the air as you use them. These chemicals easily make their way into our bodies, where they can go on to cause serious health problems.
Some of the most common chemicals found in candle emissions, air fresheners, and incense smoke include benzene, toluene, pthalates, and even formaldehyde (gross!). These harsh toxins have been linked to a variety of health concerns ranging from increased allergies, certain cancers, and birth defects. They can also damage not only the lungs and respiratory system, but the heart, brain, and central nervous system. In fact, studies have found that the fragrant smoke produced by burning incense is more cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic than cigarette smoke. This should be a wake-up call to those in the holistic health field, who traditionally burn incense during many forms of yoga and meditation.
Now that I've rained on your sweet-smelling parade, I'm happy to tell you that there is good news after all: There are alternatives. There are many all-natural remedies for filling your home with fragrance - one of them being a practice called stove top aromatherapy.
Stove top aromatherapy is not only healthier for you, but it's fun and easy to do! Simply grab a small cooking pot, and gather your favorite herbs, spices, and essential oils. Experiment with different scent combinations, and place your ingredients in your pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover all of your ingredients, and bring your stove to low-medium heat. As you allow your mixture to heat up, boil, and steam, its aroma will begin to fill your house just as a candle or incense stick would. Keep it on a simmer and replenish the water as needed to have a nonstop flow of fragrance!
To help you get started in the world of stove top aromatherapy, we've put together 6 different recipe combinations for you to try. Let's get started!

1. Ginger Citrus

  • 1/4 cup of grated fresh ginger
  • 2 fresh orange peels
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 bay leaf

2. Apple Spice

  • The fresh peels of 2 apples
  • 1 cinnamon stick, or 5 drops of cinnamon extract
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essential oil

3. Floral Escape

  • 1/2 cup of fresh lavender
  • 1/2 cup of dried rose petals
  • 1 branch of rosemary

4. Vanilla Citrus

  • 2 fresh orange peels
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essential oil
  • 3 drops of bergamot essential oil
  • 3 drops of lemon essential oil

5. Sensual Jasmine & Grapefruit

  • 2 fresh grapefruit peels
  • 5 drops of jasmine essential oil

6. Soothe & Sleep

  • 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil
  • 3 drops of patchouli essential oil
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of bergamot essential oil

Keep in mind: Essential oils and dried herbs are interchangeable. Maybe you do not have lavender oil, but you do have fresh lavender to pick from. Or perhaps you have ginger extract, but no fresh ginger to grate. These are both perfectly okay - that's the beauty and fun of this practice!

Goodluck! Make sure to comment and let us know which recipes you liked best, as well as any you came up with on your own!

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