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Learn How To Make Scented Pinecones Using Essential Oils

Everyone needs a break now and then, and Fall is a great time to take a few minutes for yourself. Perhaps, for you, that looks like spending time with family, taking a little extra time for yourself, or by putting your creative energy into something seasonal. A great way to get geared up for Fall is making scented pinecones. Many store-bought pinecones are covered in fragrances that are less than natural, which means that by bringing them into your home, you are also allowing potentially toxic scents and fumes into your space. By creating your own scented pinecones using essential oils, you are in control and have the ability to know exactly what you and your loved ones will be smelling.

You don't need many materials. Obviously, you need pinecones, which you can gather locally on your own. If you do so of your property, just make sure you're allowed to collect them where you do. If you don't live in a region with pinecones, you can always order them online or possibly get them at a gardening or nursery store. Other than that, you just need a cookie sheet, oven, gallon bag with zip-lock, and a sink or large bowl filled with water.

You'll also need your choice of essential oils, but good seasonal choices for fall, winter, and the holidays include cinnamon, peppermint , and clove. The only tool you really need is a standard kitchen oven.

About the Essential Oils

Cinnamon scented pinecones

The bittersweet taste of this spice is unforgettable, and the lingering warmth of it is commonly associated with fall, winter, and the holidays. Taste isn't all it has going for it though, as this essential oil helps out with a number of health issues too. Cinnamon essential oil helps boost brain activity in many users, and sniffing the aroma of it can enhance blood circulation too. Both are quite helpful at the time of year where there is less sunlight and the body wants to slow down. The ancient Indian system of medicine known as Ayurveda has also used cinnamon for a long time to treat flu, cold, diarrhea, and menstrual cramps. 1

scented pinecones Peppermint

This essential oil obviously comes from the peppermint plant, which is a cross between spearmint and wintermint, found commonly in North America and Europe. While peppermint oil often sees use as a soap or cosmetic fragrance, or a flavor in food and beverage, the essential oil is helpful for things like IBS, indigestion, and GI tract spasms. Some research indicates its usefulness in the relaxation of tension headaches and even the cracked nipples that might happen from breastfeeding, although additional studies need to further confirm these findings, as of the time of writing.

Clove scented pinecones

This essential oil comes from the dried flower buds, and it can positively influence your health and daily life. It's useful in dental care and treating infections. It also really helps your skin and helps you fight the aging process. Some use it to boost their immune systems and purify their blood of toxins, but it also has mental benefits in terms of stress, depression, anxiety, and headaches. It's one of the most versatile essential oils since it also has a positive impact on respiratory and digestive issues. 2

scented pinecones The Instructions for Making Scented Pinecones with Essential Oils

    • Once you’ve collected or bought your pinecones, the next step is to bathe them so that you free them from any critters or debris that are calling them home. Fill up your bowl or sink with water, and then pour in your pinecones. They do float, so you'll have to use something that covers them and keeps them underwater. A plate often works. Give them at least an hour to soak before continuing.

    • When the soaking is done, line a baking sheet with foil. Heat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay the cones out on the sheet. Put them in the oven for half an hour. This kills off any remaining nasty things that survived the bath, and it also helps your pinecones open up.

    • After you take the cones out, let them cool completely back to room temperature. Once they do, put them in your gallon bag with the zipper top. This is where you get to have fun with essential oils. Get your favorite oil or blend, and sprinkle two to three dozen drops into the bag. Then, seal the bag up and shake it well. If you're aiming for something festive, use two parts cinnamon essential oil to one part clove essential oil. Just remember that depending on what oils you use, direct contact with your skin might not be advisable. 3

    • Put the bag in someplace it won't be bothered, and leave it for the week. That includes being safe from pets, but also safe for pets, as some essential oils can be quite potent to an animal nose that smells hundreds of times better than yours. Whatever the case, you need that week so the cones can absorb the essential oil goodness. You can even let them sit longer, so leaving them for two weeks will mean stronger scents.

    • Once the pinecones have sat for the appropriate period of time, remove them from the bag and place them decoratively around your space. Not only have you added a pleasing scent into the air around you, but you have also created some great seasonal decor.

Make as many as you want for your home. If you get good at it, or just enjoy the creative process, consider making more to hand out as gifts to friends and family. Let everyone you know have the chance to enjoy the health benefits of essential oils delivered in a seasonally-fitting and visually-appealing manner. Good luck!

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