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Homemade Simmering Winter Spice Potpourri

This time of year, one of mine and Dallan’s favorite things is making homemade simmering potpourri.  There is nothing better then the smell of cinnamon, orange, cloves and apples filling your nostrils when you walk through the door.

I love simmering potpourri because it reminds me of my mom (can’t get enough of Big Debs!).  Growing up, she would throw potpourri ingredients into a miniature crock pot and turn it on.  Eventually the smell would fill the entire home.  Now I find similar smells comforting.  Someday my daughter may feel the same way about simmering potpourri (there goes those hormones again).

Simmering Winter Spice Potpourri


  • 2-3 Whole Cinnamon Sticks (you can even substitute them with 2-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon)
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 Whole Orange (Sliced with Peels On)
  • 1 Whole Apple (Sliced)
  • 4-5 Cups Water


Add the above ingredients to a medium saucepan.  Simmer on low heat (adding more water as needed).


What are your favorite homemade simmering potpourri ingredients?

  • December 13, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    Courtney - This weekend I had a bunch of apples that were going bad and a couple sticks of cinnamon… Threw it all together in a pot and let it simmer :)Simmering potpourri reminds me of my Mom too!

  • October 21, 2012 - 11:59 am

    safia - the recipe looks/sounds amazing.. no qs is a dumb qs.. so here goes.. how do u use this potion? only as a deodrising thing or can we use the left over ingredients after drying as potpurri???

  • October 22, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    camberley - Hi Safia-

    I usually just simmer the potpourri on the stove top with a little water. When the water starts to get low, I add more and keep simmering away. I use it to help freshen the rooms smell (similar to how you use a candle). Hope this helps!

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