Simmering Stovetop Potpourri
One of the best parts about the holiday season are the smells. You know it’s Christmas time when cinnamon and balsam surround you, and the sweet scent of freshly baked gingerbread tickles your nose. We recreate those smells by buying expensive candles, diffusers, and air fresheners. Instead of taking the risk of having an open flame around young kids or pets, and instead of breathing in potentially harmful fumes that certain candles and air fresheners can emit, recreate your favorite holiday scent a more natural way. It’s as simple as boiling some water on the stove. We all have time for that this year, right?
- 1 apple cut up
- 1 orange peel
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 TBSP whole cloves
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 1 TBSP almond extract (optional)
- 1 ½ cups water
Be creative with your ingredients. You can essentially add any of your favorite smells or spices and not go wrong. Consider adding cranberries, nutmeg, holly, pine needles, or mint.
Bring all ingredients to a boil. Turn down to simmer for as long as you want your house smelling delicious. Be sure to add more water as it starts to dry up.
Simmer your favorite stovetop potpourri during all the holiday parties you host, while you are doing your holiday baking, or on a normal December Tuesday for a boost of Christmas spirit!
Looking for an inexpensive, last minute hostess gift idea? Instead of gifting a boring candle, create a simmering stovetop potpourri gift bag. Gather your ingredients together and place them in a clear plastic baggie. Tie the bag shut with a festive ribbon and attach a gift tag with instructions. Give the gift of natural Christmas scent!
Photo Credits: Dani
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