Hello everybody! Check it out, my first blog! Welcome and I hope you enjoy this one and many more to come. Today I thought I’d share a little project I did using my delicious essential oils that I use in my MSquared Naturals products for their healing properties and as fragrance. I also use them around the house in as many ways as I can to add an aroma that not only smells amazing but has added therapeutic value. I got this idea while bouldering at Flagstaff with Matt and some friends of ours who came to visit from Minnesota.
Near the boulders were these beautiful pine cones and they were EVERYWHERE. Convenient stores sell fragrant pine cones during this time of year and they usually cost around $10 a bag. As I'm sure you are all aware, they tend to have them on display right when you walk in too so that you immediately experience the bright cinnamon scent that they are doused in making you feel obliged to purchase. Being my frugal self I never give in, though I am always tempted. They smell amazing! So anyway, when I saw these pine cones just lying on the ground screaming for me to take them with me; I knew exactly what I had to do.
So here’s what you’ll need:
· Pine Cones- as many as your heart desires; get outside, enjoy the fresh air and find your own!
· Large resealable bag; I used a freezer bag I had handy
· Small spray bottle with a bit of tap water inside
· Essential Oils of your choice; I used Cinnamon Leaf, Sweet Orange, and Clove Bud
· Aluminum Foil (optional)
· Cookie Sheet
That’s it! And if you’re like me and have essential oils in every corner of your home, or even just a few start up ones, this project should be extremely inexpensive. If not, invest in some high quality 100% therapeutic grade essential oils so that you get the full botanical healing experience and peace of mind. You can usually find them at your nearest Whole Foods or other natural foods store. And don’t worry, I will have plenty more posts on ways you can use your new essential oils up around your home! I do want to remind you though; these will generally not have that same strong smell as those at the grocery store. They will have a lighter aroma that will still turn your head when you walk by but it won’t be synthetic. And if those synthetic fragrances give you headaches like they do me then this project will be perfect for you!
Rinse your pine cones under running water to get rid of any dirt or dust. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and place cones on an aluminum foiled lined baking sheet. Bake for one hour. This ensures that there aren't any insects or bacteria left behind plus the heat opens up the pores of the pine cones so their ready to absorb the oils. Remove pine cones from oven and let cool completely before placing inside large resealable bag. Make sure there is enough room in the bag to shake the pine cones around.
Using a dropper, if the oils don't already come with a built in one, drop in your essential oils to the spray bottle filled with a bit of water until you have a fragrance you prefer. I put about 30 drops EO in about 1/2 ounce water. Shake well and generously spray onto each pine cone. Seal the bag and shake pine cones around to evenly disperse oils. Open bag and repeat this process two or three more times. Seal bag again and let sit for a minimum of 24 hours and up to a couple weeks so that the pine cones retain the cinnamon, or oil of your choosing's, scent. Shake the bag at random while they are setting to redistribute the oils. Once you have hit your desired aroma strength, break them out and place around the home and decorate as wished!
I added ornaments, garland, and lights to a dish to spruce my look up and I absolutely love my cute little centerpiece display! I’m feeling quite proud to say that I made it myself too. These could also make for a simple and fun Christmas gift idea or craft project with the kids. Whatever you do, have fun and I hope you enjoy!
Happy Holidays everyone!