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11 Easy Simmer Pots for Fall

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As the temperature starts to drop and the leaves begin to change, it’s time to bring the warm and comforting scents of fall into your home. And what better way to do it than with simmer pots? Simmer pots have quickly become our favorite fall hack for creating a welcoming and cozy atmosphere.

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WHAT ARE SIMMER POTS?

Simmer pots, also known as stovetop potpourri, are combinations of natural ingredients (like fruits, spices, and herbs) simmered together in a pot of water. The heat from the stove causes the water and ingredients to release a delightful aroma that fills your home.

HOW DO SIMMER POTS WORK?

As the ingredients inside the simmer pot heat up, their essential oils start to evaporate. These oils, filled with the plant’s fragrance, mix with the steam from the water and are carried throughout your home, creating a natural and delightful aroma.

BENEFITS OF USING SIMMER POTS

Simmer pots are an easy and natural way to fill your home with the scents of the season. They’re also a fantastic way to utilize leftover fruit peels, spices, and herbs. Plus, unlike commercially produced air fresheners, simmer pots don’t contain harmful chemicals or synthetic fragrances.

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SIMMER POT RECIPES FOR FALL

The scents of fall are so comforting. Here are 10 recipes to fill your home with the cozy aromas of the season. Feel free to play around with the ingredients and quantities to create a scent that’s perfect for you.

To make any of these simmer pots, simply add all the ingredients to a pot of water and bring it to a gentle simmer. Keep an eye on the water level and add more as needed. Enjoy the comforting scents of fall filling your home. 

1. Classic Apple Cinnamon

      • 1 apple, sliced
      • 2 cinnamon sticks
      • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves

2. Pumpkin Spice

      • 1 small pumpkin, cubed
      • 2 cinnamon sticks
      • 1 -2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice

3. Autumn Woods

      • Pine needles or pine essential oil
      • 2-3 drops of cedarwood essential oil
      • 1 sprig of rosemary

4. Spiced Orange

      • 1 orange, sliced
      • 2 cinnamon sticks
      • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
      • 1 star anise

5. Vanilla Chai

      • 4 cups of water
      • 2 chai tea bags
      • 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

6. Cranberry Delight

      • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
      • 1 orange, sliced
      • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick

7. Cozy Maple

      • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
      • 1 cinnamon stick
      • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

8. Herbal Harvest

      • 1 handful of dried lavender
      • 1 handful of dried chamomile
      • 1 sprig of rosemary

9. Ginger Spice

      • 1 piece of fresh ginger, sliced
      • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
      • 1 cinnamon stick

10. Smoky Campfire

      • 2-3 drops of liquid smoke
      • 1 sprig of rosemary
      • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves

11. The Classic Fall Blend

      •  2 cinnamon sticks
      • 1 apple, sliced
      • 1 orange, sliced
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla

CREATING YOUR OWN CUSTOM SIMMER POT BLENDS

Making your own simmer pot blends is a fun and creative way to celebrate the season. The possibilities are endless – just remember to include a variety of ingredients to create a balanced aroma.

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TIPS FOR USING SIMMER POTS EFFECTIVELY

To get the most out of your simmer pot, let the ingredients simmer on low heat for several hours. Remember to add more water as it evaporates to prevent the pot from drying out. 

Pro Tip: Using a Crockpot

For added safety and convenience, consider using a Crockpot instead of a stove top pot. This allows you to leave the simmer pot unattended without worrying about it drying out or becoming a fire hazard. Just set it on low and let the scents fill your home safely and effortlessly.

OTHER WAYS TO CREATE A WELCOMING HOME IN THE FALL

While simmer pots are a fantastic way to make your home smell amazing, they’re just one part of creating a welcoming fall atmosphere. Consider adding cozy textiles, seasonal decor, and warming lighting to your space as well.

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Author

  • Barbi Gardiner

    Situated in the heart of Northeastern Connecticut, Barbi Gardiner is a bioregional herbalist and a proud member of the Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck tribe. With a homestead recognized as a certified wildlife habitat by the Wildlife Federation and a native medicinal plant sanctuary by United Plant Savers, Barbi is a leading voice in permaculture and regenerative gardening. Passionate about seasonal living and ancestral wisdom, Barbi aims to reconnect people with the natural world and the ancient knowledge of their forebears. Through engaging articles and resources, Barbi is a beacon for sustainable living and earth-centered spirituality.

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