During the holiday season we are on sensory overload with twinkling lights, jingle bells, Christmas carols, yummy cookies, sweets and the smells of Christmas. I read an article one time that said you most accurately remember a smell more than an image or a sound, and there are certain scents that just scream “Christmas”!
Cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, ginger and peppermint are spices frequently found in all those cookies, cakes and quaffs of the yuletide season. Excessive portions, festive sugar intake and possibly a few extra glasses of wine aren’t exactly what one would consider a healthy diet, but there is one food group in the mix that is indisputably a winner in the nutrition department: spices.
The spices in your cookies, cakes and hot holiday drinks add flavor, dimension and color to the season’s goodies, with the added benefit of being sources of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and vitamin richness. Rosemary, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and peppermint are incredibly helpful to ward off bacterial infections, ease tension headaches, stabilize blood sugar levels and soothe queasy stomachs.
Christmas Spice Mix
I just love going into a shop or home that smells so “Christmassy”! You can buy candles or potpourri to scent your home, or you could make up a batch of Christmas Spice Mix. The Taste of Home website has a great recipe for a spice mix that can be used to scent your home, or you can mix it with fruit juices for a tasty hot toddy! Click here to get the recipe.
How to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas
The Country Living website has a section of 18 DYI projects designed to fill your home with your favorite holiday scents. There is a video gallery of projects ranging from making a simmering potpourri or an old-fashioned garland made of dried fruits. There are also directions for making scented ornaments and pine-cones. Many of the projects are perfect for some family-time fun! Check it out by clicking here.
There are many resources on the internet to find recipes for yummy Christmas goodies containing cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and other spices, or perhaps, you have some favorite recipes you could share with our readers and me. You can put them in the comment section below.