When I think of autumn, one of the first things that comes to mind is the wonderful scents. Crisp apples, fallen leaves, and spices are the most prominent scents of the fall season. And of course, who can forget pumpkin spice!
Autumn is the time when we transition from the bright and fresh smells of summer to the cozy and warm smells of fall. Being a homebody at heart, these smells are my absolute favorites! They make me want to curl up on the couch with comfy clothes, fuzzy socks, and a warm cup of apple cider!
One way to bring the smells of autumn into your home is by burning scented candles. I don’t normally have candles around our home, but in the fall and winter time, I like that they create that cozy atmosphere.
My favorite fall candle scent has always been “Leaves” from Bath and Body Works. In my opinion, it captures all the feelings of fall perfectly! I have a bunch of “Leaves” scented candles because I stock up on them after the seasons are over.
This year when I was bringing out all of my fall decorations, I pulled out the candles and immediately got a headache.
Now, in general, I’m pretty sensitive to candles. I can’t handle the really strong ones at all. And for the ones I can handle, I can only have them burning for short periods of time.
But this year, I don’t know what it was, but I couldn’t even handle the smell of the unlit candles. It was so strong and so overpowering that I actually had to put them outside!
I was kind of disappointed because I love having our home filled with autumn scents. But, after getting that headache, I knew I needed to find a more natural way to create that cozy atmosphere in our home.
So, I decided to create my own cozy autumn simmer pot.
What’s a simmer pot? Well, it’s basically a large pot of boiling water filled with natural elements like fruits, spices, and herbs. When the water boils, the heat releases the aromas into your home.
Then, you turn the heat down to simmer and let the pot continue to fill your home with the amazing natural scents.
Making your own simmer pot is super easy. There’s really no “right” way to do it and it’s impossible to mess up.
Here’s how I created my cozy autumn simmer pot.
Cozy Autumn Simmer Pot
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- 8 Cups of Water
- 1 Apple Sliced
- 1 Orange Sliced
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Bay Leaves
- A Handful of Whole Cloves
First, pour 8 cups of water into a large dutch oven, or any large pot. It really doesn’t matter how much water you use, but you will have to replenish it as the pot simmers.
Then, add all of the aromatic ingredients to the pot. Place on the stove and turn the heat on high to boil the water. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down to simmer and let your pot simmer away. Replenish with water as needed.
After the water started boiling, my home began to smell amazing! The scent was incredible and created the perfect atmosphere for the start of fall. The best part – I didn’t get any headaches!
A simmer pot is a completely natural way to create a wonderful smelling home. Next time you reach for a candle, try creating your own simmer pot instead. And, let me know what scent combinations you try!
I hope that you have a great week!