The simple, repetitive process of making pomander balls is one of my favorite holiday expressions of “japa,” or a relaxing, repetitive activity we do with our whole hearts. This mindful repetition can invite the “relaxation response,” which describes the body’s gradual return to its resting state.
The aromatherapy effects of the pomander ball’s orange, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg comfort and enliven the senses.
You will need: About eight organic oranges, five tablespoons whole cloves, ground cinnamon and nutmeg and decorative ribbon of your choice.
1. Using a sharp tool like a skewer, poke holes all over the orange.
2. Fill each hole with a whole clove.
3. Roll in a small amount of ground cinnamon mixed with a little bit of ground nutmeg.
4. Repeat with as many oranges as you would like. You can group them in a decorative shallow bowl, or spread them out around your home.