If you are conscious of avoiding unwanted chemicals in your home, but also want a home that smells nice, this lavender spring simmer pot recipe is a great way to make your home smell like spring acting as a natural air freshener.

I have become a huge fan of this new springtime recipe. It is a simple way to keep me motivated during my spring cleaning. There is nothing more motivating than spring cleaning with the sweet smell of spring fresh air.

What is a Simmer Pot?

A simmer pot can also be called stovetop potpourri. Both are a mix of spices, herbs, fruits, and other natural ingredients. They are combined and added to a pot of water to simmer for hours, letting the mixture of aroma fill the home. Resulting in a beautiful aromatic home.

Simmer pots are a natural way to make your own home smell like the holiday season without chemical-filled candles and plug-ins. Depending on the season, you can have fun with what you add to your simmer pot to bring the seasonal smells into your home. (Check out these fall and winter simmer pot recipes)

How Much do Simmer Pots Cost?

Simmer pots can generally cost less than a candle or plug-in scent. It depends on what you add to your simmer pot, this will determine the cost of the actual simmer pot recipe. I like to keep things simple and budget-friendly. By staying with ingredients that I have on hand, plus items that are in season, this lavender spring simmer pot recipe will cost you pennies.

What is in a spring simmer pot?

A spring simmer pot is a combination of ingredients that brings the fresh smell of spring into your home. Winter and fall simmer pots have a deeper, cozy smell. They usually include cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, and other deep woody ingredients, perfect for a crisp, cold day. A spring simmer pot includes fresh ingredients such as citrus fruits, light natural spices, and other spring produce.

What You Need to Make a Lavender Spring Simmer Pot

  • 4 cups of fresh water
  • a large pot (I love using my cast iron dutch oven)
  • 4 springs of dried lavender
  • 1 large lemon
  • 3 springs of rosemary
  • Flower buds or petals
  • Vanilla extract (optional)

How to Make a Simmer Pot

  1. Start by slicing the lemon into thin slices.
  2. In a large pot, fill it with 4 cups of water. Turn your stove to medium-high.
  3. Add all of the ingredients to the pot (lavender, lemon, rosemary, and floral petals).
  4. Once the pot reaches a simmer, turn the stove down to low heat.
  5. Let the ingredients simmer for a few hours, and remember to periodically to make sure you have enough water. Add more water to the simmering pot when needed to avoid it from drying out.

Spring Simmer Pot Ingredients – The Perfect Gift

With Mother’s Day and Easter right around the corner, this simmer pot can be transformed into a wonderful hostess gift. All you need is a mason jar, and some twine or ribbon. You can use fresh lemon if you are giving it within the same day, or you can dehydrate the lemon peel (check out how I dehydrate oranges here), to extend the shelf life of the simmer pot mixture.

Alternative Ingredients

Lavender – If you don’t have dried or fresh lavender, you can easily substitute it for lavender essential oil. Add 3-4 drops to a big pot once it has reached a simmer.

Big Pot – Even though I love using my cast iron dutch oven, you can use other pots to enjoy this spring simmer pot recipe. You can use a small saucepan or even a slow cooker (crock pot).

Fresh rosemary – Dried rosemary can be used in this instead of fresh rosemary. It will add a deep scent but it can be used in a pinch. Add 1 tbsp of rosemary instead of the 3 springs.


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