Simmering Potpourri

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Use rose buds in your homemade potpourri.
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"Natural Solutions for Cleaning and Wellness" by Halle Cottis

Natural Solutions for Cleaning & Wellness: Health Remedies and Green Cleaning Solutions Without Toxins or Chemicals by Halle Cottis (Page Street Publishing Co., 2017) is a comprehensive guide to natural and nontoxic cleaning and wellness solutions that you can make at home. This excerpt gives you two ways to make potpourri on your stove-top. Just throw the ingredients in a pot, and let them simmer all day long.

One of the simplest methods for making your house smell amazing is simmering some potpourri. You can be wildly creative with this recipe. Use other spices and herbs that might be in your pantry. Find what smells good to you!

Spicy Simmering Potpourri

• 1 1/2 cups (355 milliliters) apple cider
• 1 tablespoon (8 grams) pumpkin pie spice
• 1/2 nutmeg, grated or 1/2 teaspoon ground
• 1 teaspoon (2 g) cloves
• 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half

1. Mix all the ingredients together and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat to the lowest simmer possible. Keep an eye on the simmering potpourri and refill it with more apple cider as needed.

3. Simmer for 2–4 hours or however long you desire.

Yield: about 1 2/3 cups.


Holiday Simmering Potpourri

• 1 1/2 cups (355 milliliters) water
• 1 or 2 sprigs rosemary
• 1/4 cup (25 grams) fresh cranberries
• Peel of 1 orange or clementine

1. Mix all the ingredients together and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat to the lowest simmer possible. Keep an eye on the simmering potpourri and refill with more water as needed.

3. Simmer for 2–4 hours or however long you desire.

Yield: about 1 2/3 cups.


Reprinted with permission from Natural Solutions for Cleaning and Wellness by Halle Cottis and published by Page Street Publishing Co., 2017.