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Fragrant Plants That Will Keep Your Home Smelling Good

If your home smells a little stale or stinky, here are a few plants to freshen things up naturally.

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Anise hyssop will keep your home smelling nice

Anise hyssop smells like licorice, and its leaves and flowers are both edible. Image: Valerianna Claff

If you’re looking for some natural alternatives to heavy-duty commercial deodorizers, try plants and herbs that you can grow in your kitchen or garden to give your home a fragrant boost.

Here’s our list of herbal nose pleasers.

FYI, for best results, put plants around your home. But if that’s not possible, you can fill small vases with sprigs or stems of your choice throughout your house.

  • Scented geraniums: This member of the herb family is incredibly fragrant, plus there are dozens of varieties that come in different scents. Some smell like chocolate, orange, and even nutmeg. 
  • Anise hyssop: If you love the smell of licorice, the leaves and flowers on this plant are both heavily scented and edible.
  • Basil: This herb known for making recipes sing is available in a wide range of scented varieties, like lemon or lime.
  • Mint: Mint has a fresh, clean, potent scent that makes it perfect for the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Lavender: Not only is this a beautiful herb to look at, but most folks think its sweet, deep scent is divine. Plus, if you keep some growing in your garden, it makes a great deer deterrent.

Have a favorite fragrant herb that we didn’t mention? Tell us in the comments below.

deirdre-sullivan Deirdre Sullivan

is an NYC-based writer who’s obsessed with maximizing every inch of her urban dwelling. She’s a former fashionista who has worked for Lucky Magazine and InStyle. She recently traded her high heels and Fashion Week pass for a drill and bandsaw. Follow Deirdre on Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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