How to make Orange and Clove pomanders

If you love your home smelling delicious and festive but like me try and avoid chemicals to fragrance your home then this is a blog for you.

Having a home with one fibromyalgia, three asthmatics and three migraine sufferers makes using chemical air fresheners a massive NO! So I always try and use natural based things and being a bit of a cheapskate thrifty Mum I always find a way to do things cheaply.

I don't have a quaint village shop with a little fat rosy-cheeked whimsical store lady to help me.  Sadly I don't even have a bike with a basket at the front. I am a Qualified VTCT Level 3 Aromatherapist so all this is magical to me but please don't let this put you off trying anything I suggest. I do all my buying from eBay. Remember I am a poorly sick girl so everything I do needs to be delivered to my door and easy to create from the couch or the bed, so anything I can do you will possibly be able to do better.

Autumn, Winter, and Christmas seasons are so deliciously yummy as the things that we can use are endless. It always tickles me when people say "Oh I don't like all them natural smells" but then you see them raving about the aroma of a Costa Christmas coffee and a slice of spiced cake. Hmm..Kinda the same smell really Sandra!

Orange and cloves together smell so beautiful. 

Pomander balls are said to be a Colonial American Christmas tradition.The tradition of making the orange/clove pomanders migrated to the United States from England during Colonial TimesBut the history of pomanders in Europe stretches back into Medieval and Renaissance times.

This one is simply a piece of fruit, traditionally an orange, that has been pierced by cloves and dried so that it lets off a wonderful aroma. Pomander balls can be used in drawers and closets like a sachet or used as decorations at Christmastime by hanging them from a mantel or tree or even just set in an attractive bowl on a table. They will continue to give off their scent for years to come! 

Some people suggest using Orris Root powder as it prolongs the smell, it is a natural fixative but so is cloves so the Orris Root is not really required. 

You can either keep it in the traditional ball shape or slice and pierce the fleshy segments with cloves (slightly messier) 

Literally, all you need to do is poke holes in the skin using a darning needle (yup I know, who has a darning needle these days besides you Ness!). Then poke the whole cloves into the hole made, it gets juicy so put a towel across you as you do this. It takes time as you really do need to fill it with cloves so I recommend you do a small section at a time rather than random. 

The orange will dry out and shrink but the aroma remains. 

Do you have orange clove pomanders in your home? 
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Love and gentle hugs to you all

Ness xx


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