These spring simmer pot recipes are a natural way to make your home smell like springtime

For a natural yet powerful way to fill your home with aromas, simmering a pot of fruit, herbs and flowers, spices and essential oils is the perfect way to embrace the essence of spring

Spring flowers in a sink and herbs and flowers in a pestle and mortar
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As we eagerly anticipate Easter gatherings and the arrival of warmer weather, there's no better time to infuse your home with the invigorating aromas of spring. Simmering pots offer a fun and creative way to make your home smell nice, whether to refresh your kitchen after cooking or create a more welcoming environment in anticipaton of hosting guests. 

We've all heard of the best simmer pot recipes for fall and winter but seemingly neglect to consider this idea for warmer months, which seems a waste considering the bounty of natural fragrances available in your backyard in spring, from blooming botanicals and aromatic herbs to fresh fruit.

In this guide, we explain how to create the perfect spring simmering pot, including how to select the right combination of ingredients and make the most of natural scents. 

How to make a spring simmer pot

You can effortlessly create a spring simmering pot with a handful of tools: a pot (or slow cooker), water, and spring flowers. When heated, the simmering water will release the powerful aromas of your chosen ingredients into the air, ensuring every corner of your home remains fragrant.

Select your ingredients

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Herbs and flowers: What is more quintessentially spring than the smell of fresh blooms and herbs? Select herbs from your indoor herb garden, like mint and rosemary, to introduce a subtle, earthy tone combined with florals like rose, eucalyptus, lavender, jasmine, and violet petals that add an uplifting fragrance.

Fruits: For a zesty and vibrant addition to your simmer pot, use citrus fruit ingredients like lime, lemon, and orange. Add fruit like dried cranberries, strawberries, and apples for a sweet, fruity addition.

Essential Oils: Incorporating essential oils adds an extra layer of depth and potency to your simmer pot. These concentrated plant extracts can not only add extra fragrance, but they also possess antibacterial and therapeutic properties, making them an excellent addition to your simmer pot. You can experiment with different combinations with this essential oils set from Amazon.

Petya Holevich, cleaning expert and Supervisor at Fantastic Services shares her favorite spring simmer pot combinations below:

  • Lemons, a few drops of rosemary essential oil or rosemary springs, a couple of cinnamon sticks, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
  • Limes, a few mint leaves, and 1 tablespoon of coconut extract.
  • Sliced lemon, lime, and orange and 1 tablespoon of coconut or vanilla extract.
  • Sliced lemons and strawberries and 1 tablespoon of coconut extract.

Prepare the ingredients to harness the scents


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Before preparing the simmer, prepare your ingredients:

Wash and slice the fruits, cutting them into thin rounds or wedges. This will help exude their natural juices and fragrance when simmered.

Bruise the herbs gently by rolling them between your palms or pressing them. This will release their aromatic oils.

Break up whole spices like cinnamon or nutmeg (you can use a mortar and pestle to make this easier). This will enhance their aroma.

Mortar & Pestle |

Mortar & Pestle | $45.00 from Le Creuset
This kitchen essential can make preparing your simmer pot, as well as a range of other spring meals, easier and less messy. It will remain a kitchen staple for years to come.

Prepare the simmer pot

Simmering potpourri

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Fill a pot with water: Start by filling either a pot or slow cooker halfway with water. Heat the water to a gentle boil. 

Add your ingredients: Add the selection you've chosen to water. 

Let it simmer: Bring the heat to a low simmer and let it work its fragrant magic. 

Top up the water over time: Monitor the pot's water levels. Add more water as needed to prevent the pot from drying out and allow it to simmer for longer. 

You should only let it sit and simmer for a couple of hours to prevent the ingredients from losing their potency or risking it burning, which won't smell nice. If you’re using a slow cooker, on the other hand, you can let it sit and simmer for much longer, but be sure to monitor the simmering time to prevent the ingredients from becoming overly cooked and dried out

Clear Glass Pot Set for Cooking On Stove |Was

Clear Glass Pot Set for Cooking On Stove | Was
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This 1.5l glass simmer pot is an aesthetic way to boil your ingredients safely on the stove. It can also be used for milk, pasta, noodles, soup, and other cooking, so you can use it year-round. 

In addition to adding a pleasant fragrance to your home, a spring simmer pot can also help improve indoor air quality by removing odors and adding moisture to the air.

Lola Houlton
News writer

Lola Houlton is a news writer for Homes & Gardens. She has been writing content for Future PLC for the past six years, in particular Homes & Gardens, Real Homes and GardeningEtc. She writes on a broad range of subjects, including practical household advice, recipe articles, and product reviews, working closely with experts in their fields to cover everything from heating to home organization through to house plants. Lola is a graduate, who completed her degree in Psychology at the University of Sussex. She has also spent some time working at the BBC.