Easy Homemade Simmering Potpourri Recipe

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Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

The past few mornings when I’ve woken up, I’ve needed to put on a light sweater. We still have a little bit of time before winter arrives, but I know it won’t be that long. Instead of being able to open the windows to freshen a room, I’ll need to use simmering potpourri instead.  I made this easy homemade simmering potpourri recipe a few years ago as a Christmas gift, and it was a big hit.

Easy Homemade Simmering Potpourri Recipe

Easy Homemade Simmering Potpourri Recipe

You can change up this recipe based on what you have in the cupboard or what’s on sale. Since you are only using it to scent the room, you don’t need to buy organic but please don’t buy things with artificial scents, or you’ll be breathing in those chemicals.

I packaged my potpourri in a Mason and tied it with a beautiful ribbon. If you’re not giving yours as a gift, you can store it in any tightly covered jar or tin to keep the fragrance from disappearing.


  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Dried orange peels
  • Dried cranberries
  • Star anise
  • Tiny pinecones (for appearance, not scent) optional
  • Mason jar or another type
  • Twine or ribbon


There are no real directions for this easy homemade simmering potpourri recipe. I place a few of each into the jar until the jar is full. You can make layers or make a big batch in a bowl, stir it up and then divide it among jars. Then put the top on the jar and tie it with twine or ribbon if you’re giving it as a gift.

Take about a tablespoon or two of the mix, being sure to get a bit of each item and place it in a small pot with a few cups of water. Put the pot on the stove and simmer on a very low heat to release the scent. Always watch the pot and add more water as needed.

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Easy Homemade Simmering Potpourri Recipe

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6 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Simmering Potpourri Recipe”

  1. That is nice and I would try it when the weather is getting cold. We still have long day and sunny weather. I think that it would be refreshing for the house.
  2. Our weather is still warm, but I am looking forward to that chill in the air. I am going to have to try your mix. I love orange peels and cinnamon. Occaisionally I throw in some cranberries to simmer on our big wood stove.

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