How To Make A Stovepot Holiday Potpourri

Cold weather is here, and it’s time to add the soothing fragrance of natural elements that are perfect for the holidays: orange, cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rosemary.  Many folks like to use candles or a dry potpourri to add a pleasant aroma.  I personally prefer an easy pot of water with some of my favorite ingredients.  You can use an electric simmer pot or a medium sauce pan on a back burner of your stove on low.  I find this mixture lasts for about 3 days of comforting aromas. You can use the cinnamon sticks whole but breaking them in half helps release the magical smell. It makes your home feel cozy and filled with love without any chemicals.  Please note: This recipe is not for consumption although all ingredients are edible.




How To Make A Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

A simmering pot recipe to fill your home with holiday fragrance of oranges, cranberries, cinnamon, and rosemary.
Keyword: fragrance, holiday fragrance, holiday potpourri, potpourri, simmering pot, stovetop potourri


  • 2 oranges sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3 cinnamon sticks broken in half
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • Optional: cloves, vanilla, other spice


  • Fill saucepan to about 1 inch below rim
  • Add ingredients to pan
  • Place on low heat to simmer
  • Add more water when water lowers
  • Simmer for as long as desired
  • Potpourri should last about 3 days

Wishing you a blessed holiday season!








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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

13 thoughts to “How To Make A Stovepot Holiday Potpourri”

  1. OH I just love mixing up smells like this! I used this trick when we were selling our first home too; I had heard that cozy smells make a buyer feel right at home. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

    1. thanks for the pin – when I was selling a home, I put a frozen apple pie in the oven before the open house

  2. Carol, I can just imagine how good this smells!
    Thanks you for sharing your stovetop holiday potpourri at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Merry Christmas,

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