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Simmer Potpourri



This is a simmer potpourri recipe to make your house smell wonderful. In a large pot of water, combine these ingredients and let it simmer on the stove top:

– Rind of one large orange (you can use lemon and limes too)

– 1/4 cup of cloves

– 1/4 cup of anise seeds

– 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks

– 3 or 4 bay leaves

You can adjust the amounts depending on your personal preference.

Be sure to use caution and keep an eye on the pot while the heat is on. The water will begin to evaporate as it simmers, make sure that the pot does not dry out You can add more water and let the potpourri continue to simmer for as long as you like.



Bath & Body Herbs


There are many herbs that have beneficial properties and make great additions to soap and other bath products. Some have natural astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties. Even herbal scents have effects, some can be uplifting and stimulating while others can be soothing and relaxing. Herbs can enhance the quality of your bath. This is a list of some of the most commonly used herbs and additives in bath & body and soap recipes along with their beneficial properties.

Calendula (Pot Marigold): The orange petals of calendula contain antiseptic and antifungal properties. Calendula is also an anti-inflammatory and soothes and protects irritated and damaged skin.

Chamomile: In addition to having a sweet apple-like fragrance, chamomile also has anti-inflammatory properties and is very soothing and relaxing.

Citrus Peel: The peels of orange, lemon, and lime are natural exfoliants and have astringent properties. They also have a strong uplifting scent. Their bright colors add a great visual to bath & body preparations like bath teas and scrubs.

Green Tea: Green tea contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that it can protect the skin against sun damage.

Lavender: Known for it’s wonderful soft floral scent, lavender provides antiseptic, antibacterial and healing properties. It is soothing and can relieve stress. The fragrance of lavender has a calming effect and can also help to reduce headaches.

Lemon Verbena: Lemon verbena has a gentle lemony scent and can soothe dry or irritated skin, it also acts as a toner for the skin.

Mints: Both peppermint and spearmint contain antiseptic properties and have a soothing and cooling effect on irritated skin. Their strong fragrances are stimulating and invigorating.

Rosemary: Rosemary helps improve circulation and relaxes muscles. It has a stimulating and refreshing pine-like scent.


* None of this information is meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care by your physician.

Holiday Gingerbread Fixins


This cute and fragrant fixins blend is perfect for Christmas. It has a fragrant combination of cinnamon and citrus smells. This blend is easy and fun to make with dried rosehips, dried citrus peels, dried orange slices, dried whole slit oranges, and cinnamon sticks. I also added cedar leaf tips for some green color. You can also add whole spices like cloves and anise stars to add to the lovely fragrance.

The cutest things about this blend are the little cinnamon gingerbread ornies. For these great smelling little ornies, you will need to make the cinnamon crafting dough, it’s really easy to make, all you need is:

1 cup ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons white Elmer’s glue

3/4 to 1 cup warm water


As you can see, these aren’t the kinds of ornaments you’re going to be able to eat after they’re done. The glue makes this dough get nice and hard when it dries, so your ornies are going to be pretty much indestructable, and they’re going to smell fantastically cinnamony. You can also hang them on a Christmas tree (or anywhere else) too, but if you plan to do this make sure you poke holes in them for string or ribbon when they’re still soft and pliable because as I already mentioned, this dough gets really hard when it dries out. And believe me, I speak from the experience of having a real DUH moment because when I first made them for my fixins, after they were dry it dawned on me that they would make great hanging ornament too…yeah I’m a swift one ain’t I? So needless to say I ended up making a new batch, but it’s fun so I really didn’t mind.

To make the dough, take a large bowl and mix the cinnamon and Elmer’s glue first and then gradually begin adding the water until your dough reaches the consistency of play dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it set in the refrigerator for about 1/2 hour, this helps to make the dough more pliable. When your dough is ready, cut and roll pieces of it out with a rolling pin, just like you’re making cookies, to about 1/8 inch thickness and make cut outs with your cookie cutters. And if you plan to hang them, cut holes in the part where you want to pass your string or ribbon through.

Now for the drying out part, I recommend air drying them because first of all, they dry more evenly and thoroughly this way and second of all, there is less chance of the edges curling upwards. I’ve tried both air and oven drying and they come out much better when you air dry them even though it takes longer, it will take a couple of days and make sure that you turn them over frequently because this helps to keep the edges from curling.

After they are dry, you can leave them as is which would give your fixins a nice rustic primitive look, or you can add some color with acrylic craft paint. You can paint buttons, bow ties, eyes, and mouths. You can also use glitter, or glue little bowties that you cut out of paper or fabric, wherever your creativity takes you.

I also want to add that there are many different crafting dough recipes out there, some of them use applesauce along with the cinnamon. I just posted the recipe that I personally like because I find it pliable and easy to work with. If you decide to try it out, I hope you have fun!