Potpourri recipes

Simmering potpourri is one of the best ways to add non-toxic fragrance to your home using simmering water infused with delightful, healing spices.

To make simmering potpourri, just fill a pot with water, add your favorite ingredients and simmer all day. Be sure to keep it on a low heat, never leave unattended, and top up with more water as needed.  An added benefit is that this will also help humidify your home.

Common ingredients include: Orange, lemon and lime peels, apple skins (dry them out first before storing in a container) and assorted spices.

Although there are virtually infinite ingredients and combinations, we’ve listed below for you a bunch of delicious simmer pot recipes for you to try out.  Once you’ve tried them out, if you’re feeling experimental you can try your own recipes for new aromatic combinations.

Caution: Set a timer for about 30 minutes so you don’t forget to keep an eye on your mixture. Never let your pot burn dry, and never leave the house with your mixture simmering.

Recipe #1

Cinnamon sticks
Apple peels
Orange rinds
Whole cloves

Recipe #2

Apple juice
Cinnamon sticks
Whole cloves

Recipe #3

Vanilla (a few drops)
Orange peels

Recipe #4 – Christmas Potpourri

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

Recipe #5

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

Recipe #6

Whole cloves
1 tsp nutmeg

Recipe #7

Peel from a whole orange
Whole cloves
2 Cinnamon sticks

Recipe #8

5 bay leaves
1 TBS whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon

Recipe #9

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

Recipe #10

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

Recipe #11

6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp vanilla

Recipe #12

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

Recipe #13

2 sticks cinnamon
Peel from one lemon
Fresh rosemary
Whole cloves

Recipe #14

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

Recipe #15

lemon peel orange peel
2 bay leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp whole cloves