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Embrace Festive Fragrance: Holiday-Inspired Stovetop Aroma Pot Recipe for a Cozy Home

Embrace Festive Fragrance: Holiday-Inspired Stovetop Aroma Pot Recipes for a Cozy Home 

Since I just made a dozen stovetop aroma pots to giveaway as Christmas gifts, I want to share with you why I love making and giving these as gifts. 

Wondering what goes into a stovetop aroma pot? The possibilities are endless—herbs, flowers, spices, and fruit are aromatic choices. Anything fragrant or appealing to your nose can work well in creating the perfect aromatic simmering pot. Pine, citrus, cranberries, and whole spices, like cinnamon sticks and cloves, are my favorites over the holidays and long into the first couple months of the year.  

I like to add the following items to a 8-12 ounce mason jar and close with the lid. I cover the lid with my used dried coffee filters, scrap paper or scrap fabric, whatever I have around. Tie the paper/fabric with string and add a little note card with instructions to add contents of the jar to a pot of water on the stove and simmer for a fragrant holiday delight.  

Here is my recipe for a holiday-scented stovetop aroma pot recipe that evokes the cozy, warm scent of Christmas.  


A few fresh rosemary springs. We grow rosemary in pots so I tend to add lots of sprigs. I can never have too much rosemary! 

Some orange peels or orange wedges. I dehydrate orange slices when my oranges go bad before we get to eat them, so this is a great way to add rich color to the jar. Hydrated orange slices do not give off much scent, but they sure look beautiful in a glass jar!  

One or two cinnamon sticks. Depending on the cost, I tend to only add one stick, but when I can buy them in bulk, I will then add two because I love the smell of cinnamon! 

– [optional] a Christmas tree sprig. Only add this if you have access to the real thing. It is a great way to use broken tree branches! 

– [optional] Two or three star anise. They add a visually appeal to the glass jars and are fragrant. 

Add these items in a visually appealing way to the jar, there is no wrong way to do it. This handmade holiday gift is so thoughtful and useful, everyone will love receiving it. DIY gift giving never goes out of style! 

Essentially, a stovetop aroma pot serves as a homemade air freshener or candle alternative, concocted by boiling fragrant components in water. Doing this can also be a budget-friendly of adding scent to your home by using whatever ingredients you have on hand. 

Crafting a stovetop aroma pot is a natural way to infuse your home with a fresh and fragrant aroma throughout the year. Whether you use my recipe below or devise your own, creating a signature scent that captivates is easily achievable, all without resorting to harmful ingredients, synthetic fragrances or chemicals. 

Stovetop aroma pots are a simple way to repurpose food scraps:

  • orange peels
  • lemon peels
  • herbs
  • spices
  • vanilla beans
  • peppercorns

Embracing a truly zero-waste approach to home fragrance.

  • herb stems
  • apple cores
  • strawberry tops

No smoke, no oils, no harmful chemicals — just the pure aromas from nature! 

This delightful blend can be reminiscent of cold snowy days and warm nights by the fireplace for many, or for us in the South it helps fill the house with the scent of the winter season cheer. It really can add the right scent to your festive Christmas gatherings or simply enhance the coziness of your home during the winter season. 

Shop for yourself and give this as a gift for you. No jar needed, simply place the items in a pot on your stovetop and enjoy the holiday scent anytime! 

Putting together a stovetop aroma pot recipe is remarkably easy. For the stovetop method, fill a small saucepan with water, bring it to a boil, add your chosen ingredients, and simmer while periodically adding water. Alternatively, for a crockpot, fill it mostly with water, add the ingredients, set it on high until steam emerges, then reduce to low, ensuring the pot remains at least halfway full. 

Happy Holidays to you and yours. Xoxo Angie Ringler 


Angie Ringler

A lifelong learner with an entrepreneurial spirit inside long before I knew the word entrepreneurial. I care about what goes around me almost to a detriment. Very empathetic and sometimes find it hard to take in and remove the sadness that I feel around me. I'm a big believer in gratitude and love and respect

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