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Ingredients:1 Fresh Orange {sliced}1 Fresh Lemon {sliced}4 Cinnamon Sticks {broken up}3 Tablespoons of Whole Cloves2 Tablespoon of Whole All Spice1 Tablespoon of Ground Nutmeg1 Tablespoon of Ground Cinnamon4 Cups of Water

Simmering potpourri is a lovely way to make your home smell warm and inviting, especially during the holiday season when you use fragrant spices like cinnamon and cloves.

Cinnamon Sticks, Orange Slices & Spices

How It Works: Just fill a pot with water, add your favorite ingredients and simmer all day. This also helps humidify the home a bit.

The recipes below are just guidelines, you can use different amounts and mix up ingredients as you like. Save: Orange, lemon and lime peels, apple skins (dry them out first before storing in a container) and add assorted spices. Experiment to find your favorite aromas!


  • Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients from your favorite recipe, boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer all day. Top up water as needed.

Caution: Set your timer for 30 minutes so you remember to top up with water. You don’t want the pot burning dry. Do not leave the house with this left heating on the stove.

Recipe #1

Cinnamon sticks Apple peels Orange rinds Whole cloves


Apple juice Cinnamon sticks Whole cloves


Vanilla (a few drops) Orange peels

#4 – Christmas Potpourri Simmering Pot

3 sprigs evergreen or handful pine needles 2 cinnamon sticks 2 TBS whole cloves 2 bay leaves 2 pieces orange rind 2 pieces lemon rind


2 TBS whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 5 star anise 1 orange peel


Whole cloves 1 tsp nutmeg


Peel from a whole orange Whole cloves 2 Cinnamon sticks


5 bay leaves 1 TBS whole cloves 2 sticks cinnamon


Peel from 1 lemon Peel from 1 orange 2 bay leaves 3 cinnamon sticks 2 TBS whole cloves


1/8 cup cloves 1/8 cup allspice 2 cinnamon sticks


6 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick 1 tsp vanilla


1 cup dried lavender 1 tsp anise 1 TBS nutmeg 1 TBS whole cloves 1 Cinnamon stick


2 sticks cinnamon Peel from one lemon Fresh rosemary Whole cloves

Winter Freshener:

2 cups dried rosemary 2 cups dried lavender 1 cup dried eucalyptus leaves 1/2 cup dried peppermint or spearmint 1/2 cup dried bay leaves

  • Directions: Keep stored in an airtight container then add 1 cup of mix per 3 cups boiling water.

Fragrant Slowcooker Version:

1 cup dried lavender leaves 4 cups dried rose petals 1 tsp. anise seed 1 TBS ground nutmeg 1 TBS whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick (broken and crushed into pieces) 1 TBS crushed benzoin fixative 5 drops jasmine oil 5 drops patchouli oil 5 drops rose geranium oil 5 drops rosemary oil

  • Directions: Mix all ingredients and store in a glass container for 1 month before using (store in dark location). Fill crockpot halfway with water, add 1 to 2 cups potpourri then turn the heat on low (lid off).
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