Homemade Potpourri

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a little hesitant of fire right now.  I haven’t burned a candle in our new house yet.  I’ll come around I’m sure, but in the mean time I wanted the house to smell good.  Air spray only lasts for a little bit and it can be expensive.  I always use to make homemade potpourri at our old house, so I figured I would here too 🙂

I’ve always used oranges, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and all spice in the past, but I wanted to do something different this time.  My aunt gave me a rosemary plant at our house warming shower and I wanted to use that this time around.  Here are the ingredients and “supplies” that you will need:


-Lemons (2)

-Rosemary sprigs (2)

-Vanilla (1/2 teaspoon)



I gathered all of my material and added a little water to the saucepan.  I ended up filling it about 1/2 way up.


I cut up my lemons and squeezed the juice into the water.  You don’t have to worry about the seeds… it’s not like you are going to eat this… at least I hope you aren’t?!  I mean, it’s technically edible.  I wouldn’t suggest it though 🙂


Next up, you just add your sprigs of rosemary and pour in the vanilla.  It’s SUPER easy and takes all of two seconds to throw this together.


I start out by putting it on medium heat and allow it to gently boil.  Once it starts to boil, I turn it back to a very low simmer.  You can leave it on the stove all day (as long as you are home to monitor it).  The most important thing to remember is to keep adding a little water here and there, so that your pot doesn’t boil dry.

I was cooking dinner while the “potpourri” was simmering so it was hard for me to smell it; however, as soon as I stepped out of the kitchen, the whole house smelled wonderful.  J.C. even mentioned how good it smelled.

So, have you ever made homemade potpourri?  Did it even cross your mind?  I love to make this stuff, especially in the fall.  It smells so good, it’s all natural, and quite inexpensive.  You don’t have to go buy lemons just to make this.  If you happen to be using lemon juice in a recipe, just throw the leftover lemon in a pot of water with the rosemary and vanilla and you’ll be good to go!


Can you smell it?  It’s so DELISH!

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