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Stovetop Potpourri Simmering Spices Recipe

Learn how to use beautiful and natural ingredients like citrus, herbs and spices to create homemade stovetop simmering spices. They will make your house smell amazing, and lift your mood! Get inspired with dozens of ingredient options, plus 5 of our favorite simmering spice recipe combinations.
Prep Time5 mins

Equipment

  • Sauce pan or pot for the stove, OR
  • Crock pot or Instant Pot

Materials

  • Use any of the following ingredients to create whatever combinations sound appealing to you, or use what you have available on hand!

Fruit Ideas

  • Any citrus including orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit - slices, rinds, zest, or citrus powder
  • Apples - halves, slices, or diced
  • Fresh cranberries

Fresh Herbs

  • Rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, peppermint, or other aromatic herbs

Spices

  • Cinnamon sticks or powder
  • Ginger, fresh or powder
  • Cloves, whole or ground
  • Cardamom pods
  • Nutmeg
  • Star anise
  • Pumpkin spice seasoning

Other Plant Material

  • Bay leaves
  • Sprigs of pine or cedar
  • Lavender blooms
  • Fresh sappy pinecones
  • Rose petals

Other Ingredient Ideas

  • Essential oils (a couple of drops)
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract (or the skin of used whole bean pods)
  • Loose-leaf chai tea

Instructions

  • Combine your ingredients of choice on a pot of water on the stove, or in a crock pot or Instant Pot with the lid off.
  • Start with a small handful of each chunky ingredient such as orange slices, sprigs of rosemary, or lemon peels - plus a little splash of any liquid, and few dashes of spices. Once the mixture begins to heat up, you can always adjust and add more if you find the aroma not as strong as you’d like. There are no rules here!
  • Turn the heat up to bring everything to a light boil, reduce to a simmer, and enjoy the smell that will soon infuse in your home. 
  • Keep an eye on your pot, and perhaps set a timer if you’re forgetful! You don’t want all of the water to evaporate and let the pan run dry.
  • Top off with more water as needed to enjoy your simmering spices for many hours.

Notes

Our Favorite Simmering Spice Recipe Combinations

  1. Fresh orange slices, ginger, star anise, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. I hate to play favorites, but we’ll just say this one is listed at the top for a reason! 
  2. Apples, ginger, lemon peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove
  3. Rosemary, lemon peel or slices, sprigs of fresh cedar or pine, star anise, and bay leaves
  4. Apples, pumpkin spice seasoning, cardamom pods, and cinnamon sticks
  5. Fresh lavender buds and a dash of vanilla extract
*Any simplified version of these combos is wonderful as well – such as rosemary and lemon, or orange and cloves.