September may nearly be over, but lingering summer temps may make it hard to get into the fall spirit. One simple–and powerful–way to switch up the mood of your home is with simmer pots. Simmer pots are “recipes” of basic, fragrant ingredients that are boiled on the stove. Unlike most recipes, simmer pots aren’t used to prepare food–their sole, decadent purpose is to produce a great aroma.
It’s no secret that scent can have a powerful pull on our emotions. That’s why luxury hotels invest big time in creating unique olfactory experiences for different rooms and locations. It’s also tied closely to memory, so recreating familiar scents can be incredibly comforting, and make a home feel like home, or more like a certain season or even holiday. Simmer pots use simple, pure ingredients, making them a great pick for anyone sensitive to the artificial components and petroleum of scented candles.
Want to get started? There are lots of simmer pot recipes available online, but you can’t really go wrong with these ingredients. Pick two or three, add to a saucepan full of water, bring to a slow boil a let simmer.
Top Simmer Pot Ingredients:
- Apple Peel
- Bay Leaves
- Cinnamon sticks
- Orange Rind
- Pear Peel
Just make sure you keep an eye on your simmer pot, and be careful if you have kids around. If you’re having issues with stove burners that won’t start or have a strange odor, please contact us here!