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Holiday Simmer Pots

Simmer pots or stovetop potpourri has to be one of my absolute favorites to fill your house with during the holiday seasons. Holiday simmer pots seem to set the mood of for joyful togetherness and they are all natural and filled with beautiful scents!

The best part about holiday simmer pots is you can use a lot of your leftover ingredients from holiday preparation and cooking to create an amazing cozy and delightful atmosphere. 

I often will just create a “throw together” pot and allow it to steam and release all all of the gorgeous scents. However, when hosting, sometimes I will plan ahead depending on season or holiday. 

I wanted to share some of my favorite stovetop potpourri recipes with you so that you can jazz up your home or certain rooms with the divine smell of fresh fragrance!


Holiday Simmer Pots

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I think for our home, the need for all smell good things without synthetic fragrances has been on the rise. I have been actively educating myself and studying the benefits of natural fragrances and essential oils as well. 

We use oils in so many of our daily products and also to aide in our overall health. Whether that be roll on, steam or by diffusing we are utilizing them frequently. I also use a lot of herbal oils in tinctures, salves, for a lot of ways to benefit our overall health. 

For that reason we have been moving away from all of the smell good items and coming directly back to our roots. By that, I mean taking the natural products we have and respect them for their gorgeous qualities and also to not waste!

Make yourself a gorgeous simmer pot from natural goods or even from the bits leftover from your holiday preparations! Bonus if you have a good traditional wood stove centered right in the middle of your living space. If you don’t, throw a pot on your stove. If you let it simmer for long enough you will smell the glory all throughout your festive home.


Ingredients That Would Work For Simmer Pots 

  • Cranberries
  • Whole cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Star anise
  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Lavender
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Nutmeg
  • Apple peels
  • Orange peels
  • Vanilla extract
  • Spruce needles
  • Essential oils


Bring together your inspired items chopped, and into a big pot of water. You can also do this recipe in your crockpot. You will want to cover and allow to heat to a rolling boil and then reduce heat to low. Over time the water will evaporate so you will want to be sure to add water in every 1-3 hours, recommended to keep the pan at around quarter to half way full. 


Here are some of my favorite holiday simmer pot combos…


Snowy Days

  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 1/2 cup juniper berries
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 Tbsp vanilla extract)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp whole coriander


Herb & Citrus

  • 3-4 fresh rosemary and lavender or, essential oils
  • Dried orange slices
  • Dried lemon slices
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 star anise


Pumpkin Spice

  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 slices Fresh oranges
  • 3 sprigs Rosemary, fresh
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin spice blend
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract


Christmas Morning

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 5 cinnamon sticks, or 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger, or 2 tbsp ground ginger


Another wonderful way to incorporate simmer pots into your holiday is by bagging together ingredients with a label as a gift! A bundle of heavenly smell goods, all natural!


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