Think of Christmas. What can you smell? Cinnamon, nutmeg, oranges?
Whatever the scent, stove top potpourri is one of the easiest ways to create that perfect cosy feeling and Christmas spirit. What’s more, it can be used alongside your stove, providing you with the visual joy of a roaring fire, and the pleasing aroma emanating from the gently simmering saucepan on the flat top. The epitome of hygge.
The internet is awash with recipes for stove top potpourri, and you could spend hours slaving over the perfect number of ingredients to add. However, we have found it is best to add as you see fit, adding or removing as you go. The trick is to not have the aromas too over powering, they are best enjoyed at their subtlest.
Don’t throw that orange peel in the bin, put it in the potpourri and let it lend its zesty fragrance to your home.
Ingredients that work well include oranges, tangerines, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, apple, lemon, cranberry, pine, peppermint, rosemary, mint, lavender, grapefruit, aniseed and pretty much any type of spice or herb or citrus fruit.
Potpourri is also a great means of using up scraps and leftovers – don’t throw that orange peel in the bin, put it in the potpourri and let it lend its zesty fragrance to your home.
Simply chop up the ingredients you wish to use and add it to a saucepan filled with water. Put the saucepan on your stove and be sure to top up the water as it evaporates.
The trick is to not have the aromas too over powering, they are best enjoyed at their subtlest.
What’s more, the evaporating water will lend a light amount of humidity to your room, which is some times necessary due to dry, hot air due to the stove. The heat from the stove can be quite dry, and this may make your throat sore, effect those with asthma and cause some irritation of the skin. This is easily counteracted by evaporating water, drying clothes near the stove or enjoying some stove top potpourri.
When it is no longer Christmas, or you simply don’t wish to fill your home with delicious smells, we offer a Calfire cast-iron decorative stove top humidifier kettle that works in much the same way.
Let us know your favourite potpourri ingredients in the comments below!