A Natural Way to Make Your Home Smell Fantastic this Winter

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It seems like only yesterday that I was cutting stems of late summer's herbs and drying them before the freezing weather. Well, winter is here now and I still have plenty of dried, bundled herbs. And I just heard of a great idea for using them that goes hand-in-hand with the bitterly cold weather.

Throw a bundle in as kindling when you're starting a fire in the fireplace! Be it rosemary or lavender, the herbs give off a subtle fragrance before the fire really gets going. If you want to save the leaves by breaking them off before use, even just the stems will produce a lot of fragrance, and none of the plant then goes to waste.

Sounds like a great use if you've still got a ton of the dried stuff hanging from your rafters. And it's all the more reason to cut and save more next year!

(Image credits: Bridget Pizzo)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.