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December 1, 2017

The holidays are finally here! And that means storefronts and homes alike are adorned with red ribbons, jingling bells, and those sentimental spruces. If you're a fan of artificial trees, you're already aware of the advantages. They're cost-effective, mess-free, reusable, and just downright convenient. But in certain ways, artificial trees don't capture the magic of the season like real trees do - especially if they smell like the stuffy attic where they live for 10 or 11 months out of the year.

So, if you have an artificial tree that suits your lifestyle and budget (but needs a sweet-smelling refresh), try these easy, DIY spray ideas. They're perfect for the tree or the entire room!

To make an all-natural, pine-scented spray, you'll need:

1) 40-50 drops of your favorite essential oils

• Great choices include: balsam fir, pine needle, wintergreen, white fir, Douglas fir, cedarwood, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, orange, etc. See below for some of my favorite mixtures.

2) 8 ounces of distilled water

3) 2 ounces of witch hazel (to help keep the essential oils emulsified in the water)

• Tip: if you don't have witch hazel, try Epson salt instead. Stir the oils into the salt, and then add the oil/salt mixture to the distilled water. If you don't have witch hazel or Epsom salt, no worries! Just remember to shake the spray bottle before each use to distribute the oils as evenly as possible.

4) 16-ounce spray bottle

Combine the oils, witch hazel, and water in a spray bottle. Give the spray bottle a quick shake, and spray on your tree (or throughout the room) for a delightful holiday-themed scent.

Oil mixture ideas:

• 15 drops of cinnamon essential oil
15 drops of orange essential oil
20 drops of white fir essential oil

• 25 drops of Douglas fir essential oil
25 drops of cedarwood essential oil

• 15 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil
15 drops of orange essential oil
15 drops of clove essential oil

• 15 drops of orange essential oil
15 drops of white fir essential oil
10 drops of spearmint essential oil
10 drops of clove essential oil

Feel free to experiment with various combinations, and don't forget to label (and write down the recipe for) your favorite creations!