simmer pots

I’ve adapted the below article from one I originally wrote for Bedrock magazine several years ago. All of a sudden Simmer Pots feel more than relevant in our house-bound state. If you’re like me, you’ll be doing everything you can to create a beautiful, cozy home environment. Scent is an important part of feeling good, and trust me… A simmer pot is a lot easier to master than a fresh loaf of sourdough!

Depending on your situation, you may wish to throw together in minutes then sit back and enjoy the scent. Or labour over it for hours to entertain the kids. Anything goes, be creative, enjoy!

From my home to yours,

Frances x

simmer pots

Long before there were scented candles… there were Simmer Pots. ‘Simmer whats?’ I hear you ask. A simple blend of your favourite spices to scent your home naturally. Just add water, simmer and enjoy.

  • Be creative: I’ve included some recipes below, but don’t be afraid to make your own recipe using the scents you like the best and /or whatever you have in the house or garden already.
  • Be energy conscious: leave sitting on the radiator instead of the stove top.
  • Self pamper: use as a facial steamer – simply put your head over the steaming liquid under a towel to increase circulation and open your pores to lift dirt and dead skin cells.
  • Waste not want not: use only edible spices and enjoy as a tea (dilute if too strong).

Add ingredients to a pot of water on the stove top, bring to boil, then turn heat right down and leave quietly simmering (or on the radiator) for as long or short as you wish. Refill the water as necessary, refrigerate when not simmering and your simmer pot will keep up to a week. See 3 recipes below.

Old school: 

  • the peel of two oranges
  • two cinnamon quills (ground cinnamon also fine)
  • a teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • three bay leaves
  • two tablespoons of clove

Opium den:

  • two whole vanilla pods (or vanilla essence if you don’t have pods)
  • five whole star anise
  • a tablespoon of cardamom pods
  • a few slices of dried or fresh ginger

Your favourite coffee house:

  • a tablespoon of whole roasted coffee beans
  • a handful of juniper berries
  • a handful of lavender (fresh or dry)
  • a handful of rosemary (fresh or dry)
  • tablespoon of coriander seeds
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