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Five herbs to naturally scent the air in your home

Five herbs to naturally scent the air in your home are basil, jasmine, lavender, mint and rosemary plants.

Five Herbs To Cleanse The Air In Your Home
Dried herbs

How to dry herbs 

One of the oldest methods of preserving herbs is air-drying. Air-drying is the process of removing water from herbs to prevent the growth of bacteria and decay. The air-drying method does not deplete the herbs of their oils making them perfect for use in cooking and crafts.

Gather clean herbs together by their stems, tie stems with string, place them in a paper sack with holes punched in it for air circulation, and hang them upside down in a warm, airy room. Keep checking weekly until your herbs are completely dry.

Five Air Purifying Herbs

To keep basil cut plants fresh for a few days by putting the cut ends in water just like a cut flower. They will add a fresh fragrance to the air but don’t keep fresh leaves in the refrigerator, though, as they will turn brown.


Many jasmine flower varieties have a distinct scent that is strong long after it is picked and are usually white or yellow in color. Jasmine is cultivated commercially for domestic and industrial uses, such as the perfume industry.


Dried lavender flowers and lavender essential oils are popular for color and fragrance. The flowers are also used as a culinary herb.


Mints are one of the most aromatic plants with leaf colors ranging from dark green and gray-green to purple, blue, and sometimes pale yellow with the flowers being white to purple in color. Fresh mint leaves should be used immediately or stored up to three days in sealed plastic bags in a cool place. Dried mint leaves should be stored in an airtight container placed in a cool, dark, dry area.


Rosemary is a member of the mint family with needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers. Rosemary can grow quite large and retain attractiveness for many years.

How to make a no-sew lavender sachet
Lavender sachet

Our favorite air-purifying herb is lavender. Let's learn how to make a no-sew lavender sachet.

Materials and Directions

Place a handful of dried lavender inside a fabric square or netting circle and tie with a decorative ribbon. Keep a relaxing lavender bag by your pillow for a good nights sleep and in your dresser drawers for a light fresh scent. 

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