I absolutely love celebrating this cozier season in every way possible and want to bring all of Autumn’s simple pleasures into my home. One of my favorite ways to embrace fall vibes is by infusing the spicy aromas of the season in my house. Homey fall scents instantly get me in the mindset of all things fall.
I like to use a simple simmer pot to make my home smell deliciously like fall. It’s cheap, simple and an good way to use kitchen scraps and last year’s spices.
What Is a Simmer Pot?
Simmer Pots are an easy and natural way to make your house smell amazing with the cozy scents of fall baking, and humidify dry air in your home. Think of it as a liquid potpourri pot, bubbling away on your stove all day. If you have a wood stove, you can simply place your simmer pot on top and let the warmth from the fire release the aroma.
While any pot can be used as a simmer pot, I picked up a vintage red and white enamelware saucepan at my local thrift shop, to use as my simmer pot. I like the clean vintage look, and also I occasionally simmer pine needles and twigs, and didn’t want to have to deal with any pine sap residue in my cooking pans.
How To Simmer Spices on the Stove Top To Make Your House Smell Amazing
Putting together a simmer pot is seriously so easy!
In fact, you don’t even really need a recipe. Mix and match simmer pot ingredients based on your preferences, or what you have in your pantry. It’s ok to leave ingredients out or go heavy-handed with the scents you love.
To scent your house with a simmer pot, simply combine the ingredients, along with 4 cups of water, in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat, allow to simmer, your kitchen (and the rest of your home) start to smell warm and inviting.
Really, the only thing you are going to want to pay close attention to is the water level in the pot. Don’t let the water run dry, add additional water as needed.
5 Simmer Pot Recipes To Make Your House Smell Amazing This Fall
Rosemary Lemon Simmer Pot
Simmer some rosemary, lemon, cinnamon and vanilla on a rainy fall day and curl up with a good book for a relaxing selfcare day.
- 4 Rosemary leaves
- Lemon peels
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Apple Pie Spice Simmer Pot
Nothing says fall more than the sweet scent of a warm apple pie.
- 1 small apple thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp. whole cloves
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp. nutmeg
Cozy Kitchen Spices
You don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen baking to give your home the warm inviting scent of baked goods. Simmer cinnamon, anise, and cloves for a country farmhouse kitchen scent that is sure to be a favorite.
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 5 anise stars
- 1 tbsp cloves
- Apple peel or apple slices (optional)
Pumpkin Spice Simmer Pot
Everyone’s favorite fall spice blend, of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon is sure to have people asking “what are you baking”?
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
- 1 tbsp pumpkin spice or ground cinnamon
- 1/2 of a nutmeg, finely ground
- 1 tsp whole cloves
Pine and Bay Leaf Simmer Pot
Fill your house with the clean fresh fragrance of pine, bay leaves and lemon!
- 3 small Pine twigs
- 5 bay leaves
- Lemon Peel