5 Fragrant Winter Wreaths that Say “Welcome!”
Whether you’re seeking a fresh way to enhance the holidays or battling mid-winter doldrums, you can use fragrant natural materials to take winter wreaths to new heights. Boost their welcoming effect with these five seasonal scents:
- Balsam. Fresh balsam wreaths are a traditional Christmas decoration. Unlike other aromatics, they aren’t dried before use, but they retain their color and fragrance quite well in cool temperatures. Balsam is traditionally used to cleanse the air, fight viruses and bacteria, alleviate breathing problems and clear the mind. The wreaths tend to last longer outdoors, but warm indoor temperatures encourage them to release more pine scent.
- Bayberry. Bayberry leaves and berries have a refreshing balsam-spice aroma that epitomizes the Christmas season. Part of the American holiday tradition since Williamsburg was founded, an old rhyme declares bayberry will “bring health to the home and wealth to the pocket.” You can craft a wreath from dried leaves or purchase them from select suppliers.
- Cinnamon. For many, cinnamon is the essence of fall and winter. Studies indicate the aroma can increase brain activity, attention span, recall and memory, and some real estate agents find it appeals to potential homebuyers because it conveys hominess, warmth and welcome. Search online and you can find a number of clever cinnamon stick wreaths to make or buy, or decorate a seasonal wreath with a few bundles of cinnamon sticks.
- Eucalyptus. The dried leaves of the eucalyptus tree exude a crisp, clean fragrance that’s slightly reminiscent of pine or mint. Traditionally, eucalyptus was used to cleanse and purify the air, improve breathing and relieve fatigue. The dried leaves retain their aromatic properties for quite some time, and a wreath made with these leaves can survive in a sheltered location.
- Lavender. Dried lavender comes in shades ranging from pale lavender to deep purple. Both the leaves and flowers of lavender emit a scent that’s calming and healing, but the flowers are typically more aromatic. For the maximum aroma, opt for wreaths constructed of dried flower stalks or a mix of flower stalks and leaves. Lavender wreaths aren’t highly weather resistant, so display them indoors or on a protected exterior door.
While some of these fragrances are typically associated with Christmas, don’t hesitate to use them all winter long. If your wreath begins to lose its scent, you can revive its fragrant charm by adding a drop or two of the appropriate essential oil, or do the same with artificial wreaths to boost their welcoming appeal.