Fall conjures up memories of apple pies cooking in the oven and your home filled with that spicy, cinnamon-y goodness. Unfortunately, we can’t cook pies all the time (though that would be nice, wouldn’t it?) we can still have that smell anytime we want. No need to buy any special gear, expensive candles or artificial smelling sprays, or melting waxes. All you need is something that can hold liquid and simmer over a heat source. This could be a candle, or this could be your stove or wood stove and a cast iron pan or a pot. My mom called these simmering spices, I know it’s not as trendy as those melty waxy things, but it’s eco-friendly, compostable and you can make it yourself with no need to buy anything other than some spices you can easily get at your local grocery store or commissary.
- Heat source: Candle or Stove
- Heat proof container: Pot, pan, or simmering spice holder
- 2 parts Cinnamon (powder is fine, or you can use sticks)
- 1 part Allspice
- 1 part Nutmeg
- 1 part Lemon rind or orange rind (optional, it smells perfectly good without it)
- Water (If you are using a simmering spice holder enough to fill the container the liquid goes in. If you are using a pot or pan at least a half-inch of water should be on the bottom of the pan. Enough so it won’t evaporate away too quickly, but not so much that it will just go on forever).
* I’m using parts so you can make enough to suit whatever size container you are using. Mine is small so I usually only use pinches of spices.
Add the water to your container, then add your ingredients. Give it all mix. Place your container on the heat source. If you are using a stove you really only want the water to barely simmer. If it’s boiling it’s too hot! As your water heats up and starts evaporating it will fill the air with the smell of fall thanks to the spices you put in it! Keep an eye on your water, if it evaporates away it will then just burn whatever is left of your spices – no one wants that! So be sure to either add more water or turn it off before it reaches that point.
This is what I use. It’s my Bast candle holder, which I believe is meant for melting wax in, but it may also be a simmering spice holder. I use plain white votive candle underneath and simply add my spices to the water on the top portion which is also removable for easy cleaning. I’ve also used a container meant for that popular direct sales company that sells the smelly wax things, so if you have any of those around it also works well.