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Sell your home with ambient aromatherapy

6/14/2011, 1:34 p.m.

Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda

35 drops bergamot essential oil

5 drops ylang ylang or neroli essential oil

Directions:

Mix baking soda and essential oils in a canister and lightly sprinkle over carpets then vacuum.

If baking cookies or apple pie sounds too involved, simply create an Apple & Spice Simmer. Here is an easy way to fill a house with the alluring, homespun fragrance of baked goods without the toil and mess of baking.

Ingredients:

5 dried apple slices

5 sticks cinnamon bark (or 2 to 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon)

1 vanilla bean

1 tablespoon whole cloves

Medium size pan of simmering water (approximately 5 cups)

30 drops cinnamon essential oil

5 drops clove essential oil

5 drops lemon essential oil

Directions:

Toss apples slices, cinnamon, vanilla bean and cloves with essential oils. Place in simmering water on the stovetop. Add more water and oils as needed.

Natural, familiar aromas of essential oils are more recognizable and appreciated than the harsh and strange scents of many synthetic fragrances. Using essential oils to craft your own bit of psychological scent marketing could provide a big return on a small investment when you finally sell that home. The home you need to sell is one of thousands available in the current market and aromatherapy may give you a much needed unique and surprising edge.