How To Make A Holiday-Scented Stovetop Potpourri

December 19, 2023

Stovetop potpourri is a wonderful way to fill your home with festive holiday scents without relying on candles or artificial air fresheners. Here’s a simple recipe for holiday-themed stovetop potpourri using natural ingredients:


  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh pine or a handful of fresh pine needles (optional)
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Water


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Slice the orange and apple into thin slices.
    • If you’re using a vanilla bean, split it open to expose the seeds inside.
  2. Combine Ingredients in a Pot:
    • In a medium-sized pot, combine the sliced orange, sliced apple, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and fresh pine (if using).
  3. Add Vanilla:
    • Add the vanilla bean or vanilla extract to the pot. If using a vanilla bean, you can scrape the seeds into the pot for added fragrance.
  4. Add Water:
    • Pour enough water into the pot to cover the ingredients. Don’t fill it to the top; you can always add more water as it evaporates.
  5. Simmer on the Stovetop:
    • Place the pot on the stovetop over low to medium heat. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  6. Enjoy the Aroma:
    • As the potpourri simmers, it will release a delightful holiday fragrance. Keep an eye on the water level and add more as needed to prevent it from drying out.
  7. Reuse:
    • You can reuse the potpourri for a day or two by adding more water as it evaporates. Simply store it in the refrigerator between uses.
  8. Experiment with Ingredients:
    • Feel free to customize the potpourri based on your preferences. You can add cranberries, a few sprigs of rosemary, or even a star anise for additional scents.
  9. Safety Note:
    • Always monitor the stovetop potpourri while it’s simmering, and turn off the heat when you’re not around. Ensure that there is enough water to prevent burning.

This holiday-themed stovetop potpourri is a natural and festive way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. The combination of citrus, spices, and other natural elements will fill your space with the cozy scents of the season. —Vita Daily


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