Simmer Pots – Putting Relaxation In The Air

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Happy Sunday picture with picture of Lake Michigan

Celebrating the season 

I love nothing better than during the winter season than cuddling up with a cozy blanket, a glass of wine, and a book as the ideal soothing time…But it’s not always possible with a ten year old and a 218 lb puppy.  But I can add a soothing element to the chaos errr joy they bring to my day with a simmer pot.   

What is a simmer pot?

A simmer pot is an alternative to scented candles, completely all natural and beautiful smelling. All you do is simmer a pot of spices on the stove and your home fills up with the smells of a cozy fall day. Things like cinnamon sticks, apples, oranges, cloves, vanilla, star anise, and nutmeg makes it feel like you have the sweetest smelling home ever.

Simmer pot with oranges, cranberries, pine, and cinnamon sticks
This is hands down my favorite winter simmer pot – a great blend of smells 🙂

How to make a simmer pot

Fill a small saucepan with water and add your simmer pot ingredients, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Add water every 30 minutes or so. The beauty of simmer pots is that they are an art, not a science. If you use fresh ingredients, they will last 2 to 3 days in your simmer pot. This will depend greatly on how long you let the pot simmer. You can reheat the mixtures several times before discarding or composting.

You don’t definitely need recipes and your house will still smell amazing. I’ve included my favorite combinations below!

I tend to use small twigs from the pine tree in my yard for my simmer pots but use whatever you love to smell!

Spiced Coffee

  • ¼ cup of coffee (vanilla is nice but ‘regular’ coffee is awesome also)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange sliced or just the peels

Festive forest

  • cedar sprigs
  • spruce sprigs
  • eucalyptus sprigs

They sell most of these at garden stores, Home Depot, or even Whole Foods during fall and winter.

Citrus vanilla

  • 1 lemon, cut in half, sliced, or just peels
  • 1 orange, cut in half, sliced, or just peels
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Apple cinnamon

  • apples, cut in half, sliced or just peels
  • 1-2 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

I’d love to hear your favorite combos for simmer pots!

I wrote a blog post on Romancing The Genre’s on creating self-care/self-love time when there is no time. If you are interested here’s the link – Magical Love

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