Tea warmer + Ramekin + nice smelly ingredients = Long lasting air freshener
A strange post I know but about two years ago I looked up “Slow Cooker Air Freshener”. I love the smell of slow cooker food and I had an idea for an essential oils blend version. This was where I first saw the Ramekin slow cooker recipes for air fresheners but it seems not as many people get adventurous with it. Everyone kind of sticks to the standard, cinnamon stick, cloves and orange slice with peel recipe. It’s nice and all but there’s so many others you can try.
Here are a few of my favourite recipes. Though you can kind of do this in a regular oil burner, a Ramikin is best. I use my teapot warmer and find it can freshen up to a quarter of my house which is quite impressive given the size and design of my home.
A quick note, always use cold water.
1 whole cutting of lavender, leaves, flowers, stems and all. (You could also use half this, depending on the size of your lavender bush. The leaves tend to shrink a bit.)
5 Lemon Myrtle Leaves (if no lemon myrtle, lemon peel is a good substitute or lemon essential oil 3-5 drops)
Water (I prefer to use distilled water)
This blend is refreshingly relaxing. It’s a very positive smell and bound to earn compliments.
1 Sprig of Rosemary
5 Lemon Myrtle leaves or lemon peel or lemon essential oil. 3-5 drops.
This blend I find makes my family hungry. Everyone loves the Rosemary smell mixed with lemon. It’s a bright and uplifting smell. Some have commented that it gives them a bit of a boost of energy.
Lavender Rosemary and Myrtle
1 Lavender stalk. Use only the lavender leaves. Basically all the green parts plus stems.
1 Sprig of Rosemary
3-5 Lemon Myrtle leaves (Best to use Myrtle)
This is lemony with a stronger rosemary undertone. For whatever reason the green leaves of lavender can smell very similar to rosemary. It’s not quite the same but it sort of is. This recipe appears to be the most popular. It’s warm, citrusy and gentle.
Fresh, first thing in the morning rose. Dark red gives the best scent.
Try to use the whole rose. If you don’t have access, regular old rose tea will do. This is a slow and gentle freshener. It takes a while to heat up, the smell slowly disperses throughout the room and gently fades after a while. Can be reheated but may not produce the same amount of smell.
Lavender flowers, fresh or dried
Much the same as the rose recipe. Goes will in bathrooms. I recommend bruising the flowers for a quicker smell.
Whole lavender. Leaves, flowers, stem.
Produces a lovely lavender smell with a rosemary like hint. Very nice, very gentle and relaxing. Of course you might nit to chop it up a fair bit. For best results, bruise the flowers.
Not Quite Lemon
Lemon Leaves (as much as you can fit, chopped up)
This is a very delicate and gentle lemon smell. It lasts longer than the lemon peels and travels far throughout the home. I’ve had many compliments for this blend because it’s pleasant but not overpowering. It’s good for those times where you want a hint of smell to make your home seem a little fresher even though it’s already clean.
Not Quite Lime
Lime Leaves (as much as you can fit, chopped up)
Pretty much the same results. Can be reused up to about 3 times.
1-2 Rosemary sprigs
Rosemary flowers (if in bloom)
Slow cooking this is very nice. I do find it tends to make my family hungry and I start getting requests to cook more roast lamb.
1-3 Sticks of cinnamon
I think this goes under appreciated. It’s spicy, warm and just smells delicious. Very nice and strong smelling and disperses slowly through the air. It takes a long time to extract from the wood but it can be reused multiple times before it wears off.
1-2 Cinnamon sticks
4-6 Star Anise seed pods
4 Cardamon pods (Optional)
Warm and slightly licorice scented. Refreshing and pleasant.
Leaves and Flowers (enough to fit half way in the ramekin)
I love clary sage. I love the smell. It’s definitely an underappreciated herb. I’d describe it as strong, pleasant and very herbal smelling. Being slow cook style, it progressively gets stronger as you let it do it’s thing. Best used in a large room. I prefer the kitchen or dining room.
Use the leaves, fresh or dried
Beautiful and musky, it’s a very pleasant scent to slow cook just for the smell of it.
So far, these are all my favourites. They’re all quick and easy and most of these I’m either growing or can find in the pantry. I started using these because I’m sick of chemicals and sick from using stuff in cans and bottles from the shop. That and I am a very allergic person.
I love smells and perfumes but I’m horrendously allergic to so many. Using these I get all the benefits of it being safe to use, organic without the harmful chemicals or allergic reactions. With commercial stuff I get either asthma, heyfever or a combination of both.
Even though this isn’t a new or original idea, it does seem to me that a lot of people are unaware of just how much they can do with a simple tealight candle and a few items from their garden or cupboard and get hours of refreshing smells without harming anyone.
Air fresheners don’t have to be complicated and they certainly don’t have to be expensive. I love making them and I absolutely recommend giving it a try. Especially if you love a particular herb. Slow cook it in some cold water in a ramekin and see what happens. You might be surprised!