Friday, 6 July 2012

Warm Potpourri

One of my favourite things about winter is the smell of warm potpourri simmering on the stove top or by the fire.  These recipes are best used on a potbelly stove or tile fire and as they are warming they release the spicy aromas into your home all day. However if you don't have a fireplace you can simmer them for a few minutes at time, on a regular stove top several times throughout the day.

Citrus Warmed Potpourri

1 cinnamon curl
peel of an orange or lemon
6 cloves
2 or 3 bay leaves
2 cups water

Place all ingredients in a small pot or kettle and keep warm or just near simmering beside the fire or on your stovetop all day.  Remember to top up the water throughout the day as it evaporates.

Spicy Warmed Potpourri

1 cinnamon curl
8 to 10 cloves
2 or 3 bayleaves
1 tspn all spice
1/2 tspn grated nutmeg

These also make wonderful gifts for friends and family or products to sell on a Christmas or Winter Solstice stall.  Using dried ingredients mix some together and store in jars, decorate and label with instructions for use.

Dried Ingredients for Gifts (Makes 3 cups or small jars)

8 cinnamon curls (broken into 2 or 3 pieces)
1/4 cup whole cloves
12 dried bayleaves
Dried peel or slices of 2 oranges
Dried peel or slices of 2 lemons
1/4 cup whole all spice

Mix together and store in sealed jars.
You could add other dried spices, either whole or ground, like nutmeg, star anise, ginger, cardamon or dried apple peel for variation.



  1. Hi Chez I'm new to your blog, but have found many interesting things already. I love this idea and will be trying it soon on our fireplace. cheers Wendy

    1. Hi Wendy, Welcome to Monarch Place. I hope you find lots of things that peak your interest while you are pottering around the pages and posts.


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