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Simmer Down, Now

November 19, 2012

I love scented candles as much as the next gal, but they can sometimes be a bit overpowering.  If you want a more authentic, less cloying aroma to fill your house this season, why not try a simmer pot? In addition to the lovely smells you can create, all that steamy water will bring some much-needed humidity to a dry winter home.

Fill a small pot with water, add some aromatic ingredients, and place them over a low heat.  Add water as needed and keep your pot in the fridge when not in use and your simmer pot will last for up to a week.  Most of the ingredients are things you probably have around your house already! Here are some simple recipes to try.

Orange peel & cloves for a classic holiday scent–like a pomander without all the work.

Lemon and rosemary for a fresh and clean smell.  If you don’t have fresh rosemary, dried works just as well.  If you are out of both, pull some needles off the Christmas tree and throw them in the pot instead.

If you like a sweeter aroma, try apple peels and cinnamon sticks.

Dried Lavender and Eucalyptus leaves or eucalyptus essential oil will create a relaxing scent that serves double duty by helping to clear up congestion from winter colds.

Experiment with other combinations of fruit, spices and herbs and see what you can create!

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