Spicy Harvest Simmering Potpourri Formula

Breathe some sweet-smelling harvest warmth and delight into your home with this easy-to-make stovetop potpourri: it’s a great natural alternative to expensive store-bought ones made with synthetic scents, and has the added advantage of creating some aromatherapy steam for rooms (and nasal passages!) that are drying out now that we’re turning on our heaters once again.

This delightfully spicy pumpkin-pie scent will make your house smell like Home.


  • Enough cider to fill the pot
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 handful whole cloves
  • 1 apple, cut crosswise into round slices
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • grated fresh nutmeg, as much as you like

Place ingredients in a large pot on the stove or in a crock pot. Bring to a simmer and allow to continue simmering over very low heat, replacing cider or adding water as needed. Be careful not to allow mixture to scorch.

By Annie B. Bond


Wendy Miller
Past Member 4 years ago

Seems like an expensive waste of food. There are other ways to scent the house that are reusable.

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

way cool idea

Charlotte A.
Charlotte A4 years ago

Thank-you. A great one for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Pure autumnal formula.Sounds great,Thanks for sharing

Don Swanz
Don Swanz4 years ago

Going shopping for the ingredients later in the day. Don :-))

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado4 years ago

Will try.

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo4 years ago

Thank you! I can't wait to try the simmering potpourri.