Warm Holiday Thoughts…


One good memory I have as a child was making pomander balls during the Christmastime season. The bright colors of the oranges we would use brightened up our place and made me hopeful for spring’s arrival. I loved the smell of the cloves we would push into the oranges. Cloves are a well-used spice in many baked goods during the Holiday Season and make a great addition to cookies, cakes, and pies. Cloves offer various aromatherapeutic benefits and aid digestion. They also are what make your glazed ham really zing on your taste buds.

Pomander balls add color and scent to your home, can be used as a token of prosperity, and are a positive reminder that winter eventually gives way to spring. Place your pomander balls in a bowl for display on a table, or hang it in a room with a colorful ribbon. 2017’s Pantone color is greenery so it might be chic to hang your pomander ball with a ribbon in this color.

Cloves for Toothaches

If your tooth is giving you a raging headache and you cannot run to the dentist just yet, try this! Place a clove or two near the site in your mouth that is bothering you. Within about 15 to 20 minutes, the clove should help dull down the pain a bit. Please do take care not to swallow the clove, and go to your dentist as soon as you can.

Out of Potpourri? Use Cloves!

If your house is in need of freshening and you don’t have potpourri around or time to go pick up some air freshener, I have a trick for you. Put a pot on the stove, fill it with 2 to 4 cups of water, add a handful of cloves and let it simmer on low heat. The scent of cloves will fill your home, remove bad smells, and uplift your spirits. Cloves are a strong spice, so adding a small teaspoon of cloves should be more than enough to do the trick. If you want, feel free to add some cinnamon and nutmeg to your water and cloves, for a more well-rounded scent of the Holiday Season.

*Best Wishes to You and Yours, No Matter What Your Faith Is!*


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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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