Lime Mint Ginger Summer Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

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Homemade summer stovetop potpourri is a great way to freshen your home naturally! Using slices of tangy lime, fresh mint, and zesty ginger, this citrus potpourri smells tropical and refreshing. 

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Perfect for the spring or summer, stovetop potpourri is a great way to naturally freshen your home after cleaning, or before guests come over. If you are sensitive to smells, or just want a switch up from using candles, or essential oils, stovetop simmering pots are an easy and affordable alternative. 

I am very sensitive to smells. Even natural smells from essential oils can be a problem for me but especially artificial fragrances. For the longest time, I couldn’t wear perfume because it would instantly give me a bad headache.

This is why I love to make my own natural homecare products, such as whipped shea body butter, and simmering potpourri blends, because I can control how strong the scent is. As a result, I don’t get a headache, and both my body care products and my home smell amazing. It’s a win-win situation!

If you struggle with sensitivity to smells or just want to freshen your home naturally, give this homemade summer stovetop potpourri recipe a try! It’s completely all-natural and very easy to customize. 

What is a stovetop or simmering potpourri?

A stovetop or simmering potpourri is a blend of spices and fruit simmered over the stove for scent. There are an endless amount of combinations that can be created. There are often made around the holidays, but seasonal blends are becoming increasingly popular. 

They are a great alternative to paraffin candles, and room sprays filled with artificial fragrances that can be harmful to your health. 


What can I simmer on the stove to make my house smell good?

There are sooo many different combinations that can be created to make your house smell good! 

In addition to this lime, mint, and ginger blend, you could make a lemon, rosemary, and cinnamon sticks blend. Or around the holidays’ make an apple with cinnamon and cloves blend.

Here are a few ingredients that can be used to make even more combinations.


  • Apple
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
  • Strawberries

Herbs and spices

  • Fresh or dried lavender flowers
  • Fresh or dried chamomile flowers
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh oregano
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh thyme
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Vanilla extract
  • Dried cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger

How to Make This Lime Mint Ginger Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

Step 1. In a medium sauce pot add all the ingredients. 

Step 2. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. 

Step 3. Add ½ cup more water as needed so it doesn’t burn. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions —

How long can you simmer stovetop potpourri?

I usually simmer my stovetop potpourri blends for 8 hours, adding more water every 1 hour or so as needed so it doesn’t burn. 

Can you reuse stovetop potpourri?

Yes, homemade potpourri can be reused many times. After the mixture has cooled, place the pot inside the refrigerator. When you are ready to boil again, just add more water, bring it to a boil then reduce it to a simmer. 

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Lime Mint Ginger Summer Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

Homemade summer stovetop potpourri is a great way to freshen your home naturally! Using slices of tangy lime, fresh mint, and zesty ginger, this citrus potpourri smells tropical and refreshing.
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 5 minutes
Cost: $8


  • Medium-sized pot


  • 1 ½ lime sliced
  • 1 – 2 inch ginger sliced
  • Few springs mint
  • 4 cups filtered water


  • In a small saucepot combine the lime, ginger, mint, and filtered water. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. 
  • Add water as needed. Enjoy!


Make sure to keep an eye on the simmering potpourri. Add more water every 30 minutes to an hour to keep the water levels up so it doesn’t burn, therefore causing a safety hazard.

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