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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.Natural Air Freshener Gift Idea

Simmering spices are easy to make by combining any fragrant botanicals, spices, and 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 could 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:

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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:
simmering spices that smell like the holidays

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.

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Pumpkin Spice

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


Apple Chai

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


Cold Virus 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!

Holiday stove-top simmering spices

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas

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

Pin it!Homemade Simmering Spices for Christmas Gifts


  1. Thank you so very much – this is the perfect gift for people at work – I’m 70 and started working at the YMCA 2 months ago. You are one amazing young woman. Have a joy filled and blessed Christmas.

  2. I love your simmering spices for gifts. I want to use them for thank you gifts for people who volunteer in the Book Alcove at my church.
    Do you have the wonderful labels for us to download?
    Thank you, Rhonda


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