Simple Spring Floral and Citrus Simmer Pot Recipe

Welcoming the Longer Days: A Fragrant Spring Simmer Pot for Natural Home Fragrance.

As the days grow longer and spring cleaning begins, many of us look for ways to infuse our homes with the fresh scents that celebrate this time of year. If you, like me, were once drawn to artificial scents and air fresheners, you’ll be thrilled to discover a more natural way to scent your home. Say goodbye to headaches from artificial fragrances and hello to a fresh, clean scent that’s as invigorating as the season itself with this spring simmer pot recipe!

lavender, dried chamomile, sliced limes

In place of store-bought air fresheners, a simmer pot using natural ingredients is a simple yet effective method to fill your home with the calming scent of lavender, the zesty aroma of lime, and the soothing notes of chamomile. This DIY stovetop potpourri recipe is a great way to celebrate the season and is much more sustainable than essential oils.

After some experimenting, I’ve crafted my favorite spring simmer pot recipe. It’s a perfect salute to the season and a great alternative to the famous scents found in commercial products. If you are feeling the winter vibes still, you can check out this recipe for an evergreen version.

Lavender, Lime, and Chamomile Spring Simmer Pot Recipe

Some of the links below are affiliate links for Starwest Botanicals, my favorite place to buy herbs online.


  • 1/2 cup lavender (harvested from your garden or local grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup chamomile flowers (1/2 cup dried or 1 cup fresh)
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 4 cups water (or more as needed)

Fresh or Dried? I have dried herbs on hand, and sometimes they can prove to be more fragrant. However, fresh herbs will also work! Use double the amount if using fresh.

Ingredient Swaps: Any citrus fruits will do! Orange or Lemon make great substitutes. 


  • Slow Cooker, Dutch Oven, or medium pot
  • Measuring Cups
  • Stirring Spoon


  1. Combine Ingredients: In a slow cooker or Dutch oven, combine the lavender, chamomile flowers, lime peels,
  2. Add Water: Pour in 4 cups of fresh water, ensuring that the ingredients are mostly submerged. Add more water if needed.
  3. Simmer on Low Heat: Set your slow cooker or place your Dutch oven or pot on the stovetop over a low simmer.
  4. Adjust Water Levels: Keep an eye on the water level and add more if it reduces too much during the simmering process. Monitor Water Levels: Check the water levels periodically and top up as needed.
  5. Simmer and Enjoy: Let the simmer pot continue on low heat for a couple of hours, allowing the aroma to fill your home.
  6. Turn Off Heat: Once you’ve enjoyed the fragrant spring stovetop potpourri, turn off the heat and let the pot cool.
  7. Reuse or Discard: Store the cooled mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reuse it for another day, or discard it responsibly (composting is always an excellent option!).

Lavender, Lime, and Chamomile are perfect for your spring simmer pot!

Spring Ingredient Benefits

Lavender: Known for its calming scent, lavender adds a relaxing and fresh aroma to your home, perfect for springtime.

Lime: The zest of lime peels brings a bright and citrusy fragrance that can help to invigorate and refresh your living space.

Chamomile: Chamomile offers a soothing and gentle scent, contributing to a peaceful and serene atmosphere.

simmer pot simmering on stovetop

Like any household practice, being mindful of resource usage and opting for sustainable choices can help mitigate potential wastefulness. Simmer pots are not just a simple way to scent your home; they are also an easy DIY project, a great gift idea, and a perfect solution to avoid unknown ingredients found in commercial products.

Create Your Own Unique Simmer Pot to Fill Your Home with the Fresh Scents of Spring

As we welcome springtime, this lavender, lime, and chamomile simmer pot is the perfect solution to transform our homes into havens of fresh and natural aromas. Beyond this specific recipe, feel free to experiment with other seasonal ingredients like rose petals, fresh lemons, or even a hint of vanilla extract. The beauty of simmer pots lies in their versatility and the joy of creating your favorite spring smells.

This practice isn’t just about enhancing your own home; it’s also a thoughtful way to share the season’s joy. A mason jar filled with these ingredients and a lovely note can be a great gift for friends and loved ones. 

So, as we say goodbye to the winter months and embrace the freshness of spring, let’s simmer a pot on the stove, enjoy the natural air freshener it provides, and bask in the simple

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About the Author:

I’m Brittany, totally modern and mainstream turned crunchy mama!

Read more here about how I went from a totally incompetent cook and hyper-consumer to striving to live a more meaningful life from scratch.

I can’t wait to share my modern homesteading journey with you and I hope I inspire you to join along!

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