One of my mom’s favorite tricks for making a home smell inviting was to put together this warm stovetop potpourri that made cinnamon and citrus waft through the house.

It’s the type of thing that makes you think of homemade pies, and baking, and herbal chai teas. Studies have shown that cinnamon’s scent helps us concentrate and stay alert, which is just what I need when keeping track of preparations for a big meal, so it provides benefits to guests and the cook!

It’s the perfect thing to have going on a gloomy cold day, or to use when welcoming guests into your house for a holiday meal. And it couldn’t be simpler to make.

stovepot potpourri

Stovetop PotPourri 


  • 1 orange, sliced (or peel of one orange)
  • 1 lemon, sliced (or peel of one lemon)
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • About 4 cups of water 

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then turn to very low, and gently simmer. Just make sure you keep checking the water, to make sure it doesn't run dry. 

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This is a great, all-natural way to make your home smell inviting.