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Simmer Pot Recipes To Make Your Home Smell Amazing

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If you want your home to smell absolutely amazing, then try out one of our natural, aromatic simmer pot recipes. The easiest way to freshen the place up!

I absolutely love making aromatic simmer pots, they’re super simple and all natural and when I want to get my home smelling great, natural fragrances are my favourite way to go.

How To Make A Simmer Pot

Wondering what a simmer pot is? Well, there’s literally nothing easier than making a simmer pot. All you need is a large saucepan, which you fill at least just past half way with water and then add your favourite combination of aromatics.

Bring the saucepan of water and simmer pot ingredients to a gentle simmer on the hob, so steam slowly comes up out of the pan.

Then just leave it simmering away on the hob, making sure to check it every 20-30 minutes or so and top up the water level. You don’t want to let your simmer pot dry up.

When it comes to choosing your aromatics we’ve got ten of the nicest smelling simmer pot recipes for you to try out.

In no time at all they’ll have your home smelling just delicious and best of all, it’s all natural, no harsh chemicals at all. Simmer pots are just the best home fragrance.

Ingredients for autumn scented stove top freshener in a saucepan with water poured onto it - includes orange, apples, star anise, cinnamon sticks

Simmer Pot Recipes

Cinnamon Apple Simmer Pot Recipe

This is a beautiful simmer pot recipe for autumn.

  • 1-2 apples – peel and slice into wedges
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 6 cloves

Autumn Simmer Pot Recipe

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  • 1 apple 
  • 1 clementine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks 
  • piece of ginger 
  • 10 cloves 
  • 2 drops orange essential oil 
  • 3 star anise 
  • pinch of ground nutmeg 

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Warm and Woody Simmer Pot Recipe

  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 sage leaves
  • 5 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • sprig rosemary
  • 1 orange – peel and sliced

Citrus Blast Simmer Pot

  • 1 lemon – peel and sliced
  • 1 lime – peel and sliced
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil

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Calming Lavender Simmer Pot

  • 3 tsp dried lavender
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 cloves
  • cinnamon stick

Fresh and Clean Simmer Pot Recipe

This one is great for freshening up your kitchen, especially after you’ve been cooking fish. It cuts through the fishy smell!

  • 1 lemon – sliced
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • sprig of fresh pine
  • sprig of fresh rosemary
  • sprig of fresh eucalyptus
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil

Warming Ginger Simmer Pot

  • thumb sized piece of root ginger – peel and slice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 orange – peel and sliced

Fresh and Minty Simmer Pot Recipe

lemon and mint simmer pot recipe
  • 4 drops of spearmint essential oil
  • 1 lemon – peel and sliced
  • sprig fresh eucalyptus
  • sprig fresh mint

Strawberry Vanilla Simmer Pot

strawberry and vanilla simmer pot recipe

This one is a delicious simmer pot recipe for summer

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or scrape the vanilla beans from a pod
  • 2 large sprigs strawberry mint – this is a beautiful herb to grow in the garden it’s mint but smells exactly like juicy delicious strawberries

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Pumpkin Pie Simmer Pot Recipe

  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

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How To Store And Re-use Your Simmer Pot Ingredients

Once you’ve finished with your simmer pot, drain any remaining water using a sieve. Then allow the ingredients to cool down and store in an air tight box in the fridge.

You can keep the ingredients and re-use the next day. Then I’d usually discard as they start to lose their scent after 2 simmers.

*Health Caution* 

When using natural essential oils it’s important to note that some natural essential oils are contraindicated  for use with certain health conditions and pregnancy. 

Always check before you use them and if in doubt consult a qualified aromatherapist. Always store essential oils out of reach of children and pets

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