Homemade Simmering Spice Blends For Holiday Entertaining And A Great Gift Idea

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas Simmering Spices

It’s amazing how scents just whisk you away to another world: a memory or place that is recognizable by how it smells. Christmas has a smell for sure, perhaps like hot apple cider mixed with pine trees, oranges, and clove? At least that what it smells like for me. Even during those days that I haven’t had my oven working overtime, it’s nice to fill my house with the welcoming aromas of the holidays so I made up a few jars of simmering spices to have on hand for the occasion.Make your own simmering spices as natural room air fresheners

You can make simmering spices by combining any fragrant botanicals or herbs and adding them to boiling water, releasing fragrant steam that in turn scents the air in your home. You can simmer them on the stove top or in a crock pot, and the possible scent combinations are endless. You can make comforting, cozy scents to bring cheer to a cold, dreary day, decongestants to help with a cold or flu, or festive fragrances that will have your house smelling like the holidays in a jiffy.

You can use fresh or dried ingredients to make these simmering spices. Here are some ideas for ingredients that are probably already in your spice rack, refrigerator, or pantry:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Fresh or dried apple slices
  • Vanilla extract
  • Allspice
  • Fresh or dried mint
  • Chai tea
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Fresh pumpkin
  • Fresh citrus slices
  • Evergreen leaves
  • Vanilla beans
  • Nutmeg
  • Cardamom
  • Coffee
  • Sage
  • Chamomile

To make the simmering spices, mix all of your chosen ingredients together and add them into a pot of boiling water. Simmer on low heat and enjoy the scent! You can leave the mixture simmering all day long if you add more water now and then as it evaporates.

Here are some of my tried-and-true simmering spice recipes:
Homemade Simmering Spice Blends for Holiday Entertaining and a great Gift Idea

It’s Like Snowflakes Melting on Your Nose

This blend is cool, crisp, and fresh, like a woodland stroll in a winter wonderland.

  • Star anise
  • Fresh evergreen leaves (cypress, cedar, and pine all have nice scents)
  • Peppermint
  • Sage
  • Eucalyptus

 

Sleepy Time

These soothing scents will help you relax and get ready for bed.

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Rose

Pumpkin Spice Simmering Spices Natural Air Freshener

Pumpkin Spice

Make the whole house smell like yummy pumpkin pie with this blend.

  • Pumpkin skin
  • Allspice
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Cloves

 

Apple Chai

Hot apple cider and Chai tea both have the coziest, most comforting scents. This blend combines them.

  • Fresh or dried apple slices
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom

Cold and Flu Relief Simmering Spices Natural Air Freshener

Cold and Flu Relief

Perfect for when you’re feeling stuffy and congested. Simmer this spice blend on the stove and pop a eucalyptus shower steamer in your morning shower and you’ll be feeling better in no time!

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas

This comforting blend of spices and savory herbs smells just like Christmas!

  • Fresh pine leaves
  • Fresh or dried bay leaves
  • Cloves
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon
  • Dried orange peel

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Yvonne @ StoneGable
    Yvonne @ StoneGableOctober 17,15

    LOVE this!!! I am all about a great smelling room. Thanks so much for these yummy smelling recipes!

  2. Wendy
    WendyOctober 17,15

    oh yes! That will really create the mood!

  3. Angie
    AngieOctober 19,15

    The Christmas smells are my favorite part of Christmas time!

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