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Simmering Stovetop Christmas Scent

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Ingredients

4 cups water
4-6 sticks cinnamon
1 tbsp cloves
20 dried or fresh cranberries
8 dried or fresh lemon slices
1 tsp chopped up vanilla bean

Simmering Stovetop Christmas Scent

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The traditional meaning of potpourri is a mixture of natural plant materials, which are usually placed in a decorative bowl and fill the air with a pleasant scent. When using potpourri on a stove the ingredients like fruit, herbs, and spices are placed in a warm water bath, simmering on low heat and filling the house with a toxin free and all natural scent.

It is very easy to chose the ingredients for a homemade potpourri, the possibilities are endless. I like to keep the ingredients very simple and include items that are available at the large hypermarkets. The following list is an inspiration showing my favourite fruits, herbs, oils and spices for creating natural air fresheners.

Fruits: Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit work best for me. Citrus is very long lasting and add a scent of freshness to the potpourri. It is possible to either use the juice, peel or cut up fruit. When gifting potpourri jars I dehydrate the fruits prior.
Herbs: Plants with thicker, woody twigs such as rosemary and thyme have shown to last longest. I also like to use dried mint, lavender, chamomile, sage, fresh ginger root and lemon grass.
Extracts and essential oils: Vanilla, almond, lemon and orange extract are slightly cheaper than essential oils, however the oils are more potent. I like cinnamon, orange, clove, citronella, lemon grass.
Spices: It is possible to use both, ground and whole spices. Whole spices look beautiful, but powder works just as well. I like cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, anise, nutmeg powder.

To make this Christmas potpourri a gift, just dehydrate all the fresh ingredients and place them in a glass jar.

 

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Steps

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Pour the water in a pan and put cooker on low heat.

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Add all of the ingredients.

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Simmer on low heat and top up with water as needed.

Eliza Birg

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