Simple Natural Ways to Add the Scent of the Holidays to Your Home

The scents of the holidays are always so vivid to me and such a wonderful way to add warmth to the atmosphere of your home and a welcoming ‘feel’.

In the spring, summer and autumn, weather permitting, I have my windows open to allow fresh air and all of the lovely scents from nature indoors but in the winter it’s a little harder to enjoy those aromas and that’s why I love this quick and easy Simmering Scent Recipe.


1 orange, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

4 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon whole cloves

4 bay leaves

I use a small crockpot for my simmering scents {potpourri}.  I first add 4 cups of water to the pot, then layer the oranges, lemons, bay leaves and cinnamon topping it all off with the cloves.

You can use this same batch over and over allowing it to cool off first and then placing in the refrigerator to store for several days.

If you would prefer to make it on the stove top that is another option; keep it at a simmer and check the water occasionally adding more as needed.

 This post is part of the Scents of the Season blog hop ~ I’m joining the lovely ladies below in sharing our favorite ‘scents of the season’ ideas ~ be sure to stop by and visit them for more ‘scent-sible’ inspiration!

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    I once went to a historic plantation (in NC) during the holidays and they decorated with oranges studded with cloves. I imagine it gives a similar sent though simmering the spices would be much stronger. Sounds lovely.
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      When I was growing up my Mother would keep a bowl of studded oranges in the dining room ~ you brought back some good memories. Thanks so much for stopping by, Joybee!