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Published: 10/03/2017   Last Updated: 10/03/2017  
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Home sweet home

Smell is such an important sense it can alert us to dangers in the home like a gas leak or a fire and it is closely linked to parts of the brain that process emotion and memory. Although our sense of smell is not as acute as other animals humans are able to detect up to 10,000 different odour molecules.  Smell has been an integral part of evolution and survival of the fittest for our species in the past. Although humans rely less now on smell for survival a huge importance is still placed on smell for simple enjoyment.

It is easy to take our sense of smell for granted but some of us are obsessed with the smells in our homes and there are lots of products to help your home stay smelling sweet.  If lots of chemicals are not for you there are ways to enhance the smell of home with more natural products. One traditional French method is to burn Le Papier d’Armerie a scented paper that can be found in almost every French household,  a sheet of it is fold accordion-style, and lit at one end before blowing out,  as the paper smoulders, it leaves an incredible floral and sandalwood scent that lasts for days.

If you like to make things yourself scented draw diffusers are easy to craft.  If you find some small muslin bags you can just fill them with your favourite dried herbs, flowers like lavender or spices, then place in your drawers to make your clothes smell lovely, naturally.  If you hate the smelly shoes in your hall way or in your under stairs cupboards you could always try putting dry herbal  tea bags in the toes of your trainers for mint or apple-scented shoes.