Nothing says Fall like the aroma of my clove and orange spice simmering potpourri. The aroma of the natural spices and essential oils not only promotes a warming effect, but are also known to have antiviral (inhibits the proliferation of viruses) properties as well, making it a great disinfectant during the cold and flu season.
Clove and Orange Spice Simmering Potpourri
Makes about 1 cup
1/4 cup Orris Root (fixative)
40 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
25 drops Clove essential oil
6 drops Pine essential oil
3-4 crushed cinnamon sticks
6-8 crushed bay leaves
2 tablespoons cloves
2 tablespoons eucalyptus leaves
3-4 tablespoons dried orange peel (see below)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (fresh if you got it)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Empty tea bags
Mix together the orris root and essential oils in the mason jar. Add the remaining ingredients and shake to combine. Tightly seal the jar and allow the mixture to meld several days, shaking it several times a day.
To use: Fill 1 large or 2 regular tea bags half full with potpourri and seal. Place tea bag(s) in a pan of water and simmer on low.
Or, what I like to do is heat some water in a glass cup, add the tea bag(s), and place the cup on a beverage warmer. The tea bags (and water) can be used over and over. To reheat, I simply add more water, if needed, heat it up in the microwave for about 1 minute, and place it on the warmer. Be careful using the microwave, as the bags could explode if heated too long.
Making Your Own Dried Orange Peel
You can make your own dried orange peel using your microwave.
Simply cut the peel of an orange with a potato peeler. Make sure you ONLY cut the orange part of the peel, not the white part. Then lay the peels on a paper towel and microwave them at 20 power for 30 – 35 minutes. Check them after 20 minutes or so to make sure they don’t burn. Allow them to cool. If some pieces are still pliable, put them back into the microwave for a few more minutes. The weather can affect how quickly the peels will dry out. If it’s humid, they’ll take longer.
For Christmas gifts I gave beverage warmers and glass cups filled with 4 large potpourri filled tea bags (stored in 2 ziplock bags… the aroma’s strong).