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Summer Simmer Pot

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Our summer simmer pot is a completely natural way to fill your home with the scent of summer. A totally natural air freshener scented with citrus, rosemary and lavender for a summer solstice vibe. 

One of my favourite things about our summer simmer pots is that they’re completely natural home fragrance. They fill your home with delicious, uplifting scent and making them feels good too!

As ever, there’s no rules with simmer pots, just add in the things you like the smell of, cover with plenty of water and be sure to check it regularly so it doesn’t boil dry. Because boiled dry simmer pots, don’t smell nice!

They’re the absolute easiest way to fill your home with a lovely scent. And this summer solstice stove top freshener is one of my favourite simmer pot recipes.

For my summer solstice simmer pot I like to use a little mixture of citrus, lavender blooms and fresh rosemary. When made with intention, these are a great way to celebrate the solstice, and make your home smell good at the same time.

summer simmer pot - black cast iron pan filled with oranges, grapefruit and lemon slices, topped with rosemary sprigs and lavender blooms

What Is A Simmer Pot?

If you’re new to making simmer pots, they’re quite simply a pan of water simmered on the stove. You add whatever aromatics, fruits, herbs and spices, you like to the water so it fills your home with non-toxic, natural scent.

Summer Simmer Pot Ingredients

We just used a handful of ingredients for our delicately scented summer solstice simmer pot, chosen for their properties. As ever, feel free to throw in any other ingredients you like and take out the ones you don’t like.

ingredients for a summer solstice simmer pot - blue plate with grapefruit, lemon and blood orange slices, rosemary and lavender lay on the table next to it, copper candle and white lantern in background
  • 1 orange – sliced – we used a blood orange to represent the hot summer sun, traditionally oranges are said to be associated with energy, vitality, success and prosperity. So it can’t harm to add them in!
  • 2 lemons – sliced – in a solstice simmer pot, lovely fresh lemon slices represent happiness, purifying the energy and zesty optimistic vibes.
  • 1 grapefruit – sliced – to help eliminate bad odours and promote balance.
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary – rosemary is one of my favourite simmer pot ingredients, it smells delicious, cosy and comforting. Traditionally thought to promote cleansing, protection and ridding your space of negative energy.
  • Handful of lavender blooms – the lavender scent mingled with the citrus and woody tones adds balance to our summer simmer pot. Traditionally believed to help relaxation and promote peace.

All in all this is a beautiful summery mix of scents and when gently warmed on the hob, fills the air with summer.

How To Make A Summer Simmer Pot

It’s super easy to make our summer simmer pot, get yourself a large saucepan, fill it with water and scatter in beautiful scented fruits and herbs.

The step by step instructions are below… 

  • Fill the saucepan three quarters full with cold water.
pouring water into a cast iron pan using a glass jar
  • Add in the citrus slices. Gently add the lemon, grapefruit and blood orange to the water in the saucepan.
summer simmer pot - black cast iron pan filled with oranges, grapefruit and lemon slices
  • Next add in the sprigs of rosemary and fresh lavender blooms.
summer simmer pot - black cast iron pan filled with oranges, grapefruit and lemon slices, topped with rosemary sprigs and lavender blooms
  • I like to create a simmer pot mindfully, and add gratitudes. So I stir the pot towards me, bringing it in, with a wooden spoon, and spend a couple of minutes thinking about the things I’m grateful for. You don’t have to do this, I just like to, it’ll still smell good without.
summer simmer pot - black cast iron pan filled with oranges, grapefruit and lemon slices, topped with rosemary sprigs and lavender blooms - being stirred with a wooden spoon
  • Then bring the summer simmer pot to a low simmer on the stove top, turn the heat to low and leave it simmering away for a few hours. 
  • Remember to check your simmer pot regularly and top up the water when needed, don’t let it boil dry.

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Tips For Using Your Simmer Pot

  • When I’ve finished with the simmer pot I drain the fruit and herbs, using a colander over the kitchen sink. Then store them in a box in the fridge and re-use the next couple of days – then compost after that.
  • This citrus filled simmer pot is also good at driving out cooking smells, especially when you’ve been cooking fish. 

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Yield: One Simmer Pot

How To Make A Summer Simmer Pot

summer simmer pot - black cast iron pan filled with oranges, grapefruit and lemon slices, topped with rosemary sprigs and lavender blooms

Fill your home with the scent of summer, naturally with a beautiful summer solstice simmer pot recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 1 Orange - sliced
  • 2 Lemons - sliced
  • 1 Grapefruit - sliced
  • Bunch of lavender blooms
  • 3 large sprigs of rosemary
  • Water to fill the pan - around 1-2 litres

Tools

  • Large saucepan
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife

Instructions

  1. Fill the saucepan three quarters full with cold water.
  2. Add in the citrus slices. Gently add the lemon, grapefruit and blood orange to the water in the saucepan.
  3. Next add in the sprigs of rosemary and fresh lavender blooms.
  4. Then bring the summer simmer pot to a low simmer on the stove top, turn the heat to low and leave it simmering away for a few hours.
  5. REMEMBER - check your simmer pot regularly and top up the water when needed, don’t let it boil dry.

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