DIY Natural Simmer Pot Combos

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Fall is just around the corner! I mean, Starbucks just announced the return of the pumpkin spice latte so it must be happening right?!

I love having candles lit with warm fall scents (our favorite is Warm Tobacco Pipe by DW Home #hearteyes) filling the house but after having Levi, I started looking for a safer alternative that would be out of reach from his grabby hands. A little while ago, I started experimenting with all natural simmer pot combinations to keep our home smelling great with just items found in the pantry and it’s been a hit! I came up with ideas for more summery scents using lavender and chamomile but to me, nothing beats the warm scents typical of fall and winter… I LOVE the earthy and spicy smells that remind me of the holidays.

Below I’ve put together a few of my favorite combos that I like to put on the stove during the holidays…I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

DIY Simmer Pots

Directions:
Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add all ingredients, continue to boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer. Add water as needed to make sure the water doesn’t dry up.

Please note, the following measurements are just approximations… I just throw all of these things into the pot… If you like a stronger cinnamon smell, add another cinnamon stick, etc. 🙂

1 vanilla bean (cut into 1” pieces)
2 bay leaves
2 whole star anise
orange peels
2 tablespoons whole cloves
2 tablespoons whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks

lemon peels
orange peels
2 bay leaves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons whole cloves


2 tablespoons coriander seeds
1 tablespoon whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks

orange peels
5 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons whole cloves


5 bay leaves
1 tablespoon whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks

slices of fresh ginger
1 tablespoon almond extract
3 cinnamon sticks


2 cinnamon sticks
apple peels
orange peels
2 tablespoons whole cloves

1 vanilla bean (cut into 1” pieces)
orange peels

 

2 Responses

  1. Gretchen

    Are you orange peels dried or fresh? Have you tried dried? Do they emit the same fragrance?

    • Corinne

      I’ve used either on separate occasions and both smell great! Another thing I’ve done was substitute the orange peel with several drops of orange essential oil. Hope you like it!
      Corinne

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