Homemade Christmas Simmering Pot Recipe

 What makes it feel like Christmas time to you?

For me it is falling snow, the crisp cold air, Christmas songs on the radio, cutting down a tree in the woods, reading as a family the account of Christ’s birth in Luke chapter 2, hot chocolate, to name a few.

Depending on where you live in the world and what your family’s traditions are, your answers will vary from mine.

One thing we may all have in common are the scents of Christmas.  I don’t like to fill my home with toxic artificial fragrances, so grabbing some herbs from the cabinet and a few fruits from the counter are more my cup of tea.

The smell of the pine tree sitting in my living room is my all-time favorite Christmas scent, but there are a few other herbs and spices that put me in the Christmas spirit!  This recipe I’m about to share includes cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, star anise and orange.


Homemade Christmas Simmering Pot Recipe


  • 2 TBS organic whole cloves (buy here)
  • 2 organic cinnamon sticks (buy here)
  • 2 organic bay leaves (buy here)
  • 2 orange peels or 3 tablespoons organic dried orange peel (buy here)
  • 3 star anise (optional)


  1. Add herbs to a pot with 3 cups of water.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer on low as desired.
  4. Keep an eye on the pan to make sure the water does not boil out.
  5. Can also combine water and herbs in a crockpot and cook on low. 

If you don’t like the smell of cloves {like my brother-in-law ๐Ÿ™‚ } or one of the other ingredients, just leave it out or substitute it with another scent that you love!

This post is linked to: A Mama’s Story    What Joy Is Mine    The Modest Mom    Raising Homemakers    A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

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  1. says

    Hey Jill- thanks for the natural scent post. We also love the fresh pine/fir smell. How would you recommend getting the pine fragrance into your house? My husband wants candles with pine scent- not natural. So, I just wondered how you would create that fragrance, other than having fresh boughs in the home. I don’t thinks steeping or simmering pine would be good for our pots with the sap-? Any suggestions?

    • says

      The only other thing I can think of is diffusing essential oils or making a homemade spray with essential oils. I’ll have to experiment with that one of these days!

  2. vivian says

    Money has been really tight lately and $500 would definitely help our family out! I always want to make the holidays special for my kids… but this year we have to be a little less generous because we had so many unexpected expenses this year.

  3. Lana Kuykendall says

    This giveaway would bless me with some additional herbs/oils. Since fighting back from a deathly illness 4 years ago, we have had so many medical bills and while I am grateful for modern medicine saving my life, it is natural/alternative medicine that is slowly giving me my life back…if that makes sense. Sadly, insurance won’t pay for most of my supplements or alternative treatments, even though it means I need less medication etc. So, I have to be selective in what alternative medicine I use each month. I would plan to use this money to invest in essential oils and some additional herbs that are currently out of my financial reach.

  4. Barbara V says

    Winning this giveaway would bless my family because every little bit helps. My husband is the sole provider in our family and we do without a lot of things. Being able to win would take a lot of pressure off of the hubby.

  5. allyson tice says

    This paypal cash would help us pay for our gas and electric bill this holiday! would be an amazing blessing!

  6. Kathryn M says

    Love the simmering recipe. Now to dig out the simmering pot :~) I have a gas stove, and as forgetful as I can be (yikes)…the little simmering crockpot is much safer.

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway. Thank you for thinking of us!

  7. Shirl trowbridge says

    My husband was in a car accident 6 years ago & suffered a traumatic brain injury & has chronic pain daily. Since he had to take a disability retirement money is tight. This would bless us to get supplements that help him, & some needed clothes.

  8. Hailey says

    We just had our third child and money has been tight lately. This giveaway would give us the money to finally fix our car. We keep setting aside the money to do so but everything else keeps deciding to break too. The car is still running for right now so it keeps getting put on the back burner.

  9. Sunshine Stickler says

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I love your page and all the natural remedies. We use your elderberry syrup recipe the most. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is so helpful this time of year.

  10. Amy says

    This giveaway would be a huge blessing to me and my family. We’ve had lots of unexpected expenses and medical bills, but my husband is now cancer-free! My oldest son is graduating this year, and heading to college. So, this money would definitely help make our holiday more fruitful and help us get things on track for future college expenses. Bless your family, Jill! I love your blog.

  11. Sunshine Stickler says

    I already left a comment, but I wish I had gone through all the sites first. There are some really great sites part of this – thanks for leading us to them. For our family we would use the money in part to do Christmas presents and the other part I might tuck away for a rainy day. Our rainy day fund is depleted and its so important to have one. Thanks again for the great blog post, the great tips you give (and the other sites I visited give) Merry Christmas.

  12. Mindy says

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it! Much better than burning Bath and Body works candles ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for participating in the Giveaway. I followed a lot of people that look like they put out some good stuff!

  13. Deborah says

    Love the recipe scent of Christmas. The $500 would help in many ways with something. But for this Christmas coming up would like to help my dad with a few things he has been wanting to get done for past couple years cause he has done so much for me.

  14. Joselyn T says

    After spending 3 days in the hospital with my daughter, $500 would help alleviate the medical bills that will be coming our way. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  15. DeAnna says

    I can’t wait to try the simmering pot recipe! I know the giveaway will be a blessing to whomever wins it ๐Ÿ™‚ (Especially around Christmas time when finances can be tight for everyone.) Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Sheri L. says

    This money would indeed be a blessing this year. We’ve had a couple rough months and it would be a great help to my family.

  17. Tammy Cordery says

    I can’t wait to try the recipe. I have been thinking a little crockpot would be the way to go. I want to try your DIY Lung formula too. The $500.00 would help out our family so much this year. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  18. Abigail says

    I love the “smell of Christmas” recipe!! Thank you!
    Also, for the contest, the winnings would definitely bless my financial aspect of a missions trip I’m planning on taking later this Summer. Missions is my heartbeat! I lived and worked in a church in Scotland for a year, and this Summer, I’m hoping to head back to help for a couple months to be of assistance during a huge event over there!!

  19. Lisa says

    What a great opportunity to possibly win so thanks for that!! I’d love to be able to just get caught up on bills and have little extra for to splurge on my family…it’s been so long since we’ve been able to enjoy the holidays giving gifts to each other so that’s what I would do ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Teri s says

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this gift! It will come in handy to bless my children as well as give a bigger gift to my pastor and wife who are adopting!

  21. Teresa says

    Very generous, I could expand on my herbal skills and supplies to keep us all healthier.Thank You for the chance to receive this gift.

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