Easy Stovetop Potpourri...Scent Your Home Naturally

The holiday season can be both rewarding and overwhelming. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of hosting, gifting and parties. 

This year, I thought I would recommend something both practical and useful to lavish your home with. This is an opportunity to extend your self-care rituals to your surroundings as well as indulging in a deeper sensorial experience. These recipes will leave your home smelling incredible, warm and inviting as well as humifying your home. A bonus for your hair, skin and your plant babies. 

This recipe is inspired by some of our favourite ingredients used in our Wild Seed Botanicals products and I hope that as you take the time to prepare this, it will cultivate a sense of wellness. 

Stovetop potpourris are one of my favourite ways to scent the home.

Everything in this recipe is 100% natural and easily accessible we hope you can try it out. 


1x Blood orange,

½  x grapefruit peel,

2 x Cinnamon sticks (or two tablespoons ground cinnamon)

1 tablespoon Vanilla extract

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon whole clove


    1. Slice the blood orange and the grapefruit.
    2. Place the sliced orange and grapefruit into a small saucepan then add the rest of the ingredients (the cinnamon sticks, the vanilla, the rosemary, the clove)
    3. Add enough water to fill the pot about ¾ full
    4. Gentle boil the mix and allow to simmer. The water can be refilled as much as is needed. 
    5. Keep a close eye on the pot as the water evaporates, add more water as needed so as to not burn ingredients.
    6. Enjoy!!

Try using a variety of herbs, or adding different spices such as all-spice! This recipe is very adaptable to your tastes!

How long do I simmer stovetop potpourri?
I simmer stovetop potpourri for hours on end, but I prefer a nice strong scent throughout the house. If you are more sensitive to smells, you may find that simmering stovetop potpourri for 30 minutes is sufficient. You can simmer the potpourri for as long as desired! If you feel that the scent is becoming too strong, simply turn off the stove and cover the pot.

How long does stovetop potpourri last?
I find that I can use the same batch of stovetop potpourri for 3-4 days. Of course after day 1, the potpourri does not look as beautiful as it does when you begin simmering it, but the scent is still very lovely. After 3-4 days, the potpourri will become mushy and will not look pleasant, simply drain out the excess water and discard the fruit & herbs.

 Until next time...Grow Wild! 

Laila xoxo

1 comment

Thank you. Will definitely try this.
I love fried fish but since I live in a flat I seldom do it because the whole flat smells of fish days after. I usually slice up lemons and light up scented candles to try to mask the smell but it doesn’t work very well so I will definitely try this the next time I fry fish.

Denise Johnson July 02, 2020

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