Make your home smell like the holidays with a natural Christmas Potpourri Simmer Pot recipe!
This Christmas potpourri simmer pot was originally posted December 5, 2012. It’s been updated with new tricks we’ve learned over the years.
One of the things I love most about the Christmas holiday season is the fragrances! Without the smell of spices, citrus fruits and mint it just wouldn’t be a complete Christmas!
I take advantage of many different ways to fragrance my home during the Holidays, but one of my favorites is a homemade natural air freshener commonly known as a Christmas Potpourri simmer pot! It is all natural, easy to make and creates the most amazing fragrance for your home!
Heavenly Christmas Potpourri Simmer Pot
All Christmas potpourri simmer pots have the same basic few ingredients for the base potpourri effect. Then you can build on it to make the scent unique to your home.
- Fresh Cranberries
- Mint extract
- Fresh Pine needles
The Magic of a Christmas Potpourri Simmer Pot
It is really quite simple to get a Christmas Potpourri Simmer pot put together and filling your home with amazing aromas! Simply slice half an orange.
Then slice a lemon.
Combine the sliced citrus fruit into a simmering pot along with 2-3 sticks of cinnamon, 4 bay leaves, and 2 teaspoons of cloves.
Then you simply add some water and place on the stove to simmer! To get the scent started quickly I place it on a high heat just to get the water heated faster; and then I drop it down to a low simmer setting. Within five minutes my home starts to smell amazing!
See I told you it was super easy! And best of all it is all natural! There are no chemicals, and it also helps to humidify your home! Plus many of the ingredients are common to most spice cabinets!
For a Festive Christmas potpourri simmer pot
I just shared with you a very basic Christmas Potpourri Simmer pot. But you can always add other natural ingredients to create your favorite Holiday scents.
For my favorite potpourri simmer pot I add in about a handful and a half of fresh cranberries and it brings a more festive fragrance!
And since I love mint, I also add a few drops of Mint Extract! Oh goodness, I was blown away by how amazing my home smelled! I couldn’t get enough of it! And even my kids came home from school, took one breath, and exclaimed how amazing our home smelled.
Everyone who visits my home always comments on how amazing it smells too!
I even got a smile from the Mailman when he dropped off some packages today and he got a whiff of my Christmas potpourri simmering pot.
This is definitely a way to enjoy festive scents in the home in a way that most likely won’t overwhelm the Husband.
Another variation to bring the festive scents to your home is to add fresh pine needles! This is something my mother used to do when I was younger because she really missed the fresh pine tree smell when we converted our home to a Fake Christmas tree.
It made our house smell as though we had a fresh Christmas tree! But when you add the pine needles to our basic simmer pot recipe above it makes it that much better! It was a smell that everyone in our home enjoyed; men and women alike!
Our Christmas Potpourri simmer pot can also make a fabulous homemade gift for friends and neighbors. Simply put all the ingredients into a wide mouth jar with a little water, close the lid and attach a fun bow and gift note!
You not only will give a thoughtful gift that everyone can enjoy; but also it is rather inexpensive. Unlike a plate of cookies; they won’t be overwhelmed with your gift, feel guilty about more sugar they have to try to avoid, and will probably appreciate the uniqueness of your gift!
What do you like to put into your Christmas Potpourri Simmer pot?