During the winter I buy the big boxes of oranges from Costco. Citrus is in season in the winter  so it is plentiful and cheap.
The problem with buying the big boxes is you can’t pick over your fruit. Every once in a while I find a rotten orange. Instead of tossing the rotten orange straight on the compost heap, I use it to make a fragrant simmering pot first.
Of course, you could always just use orange peels if you don’t happen to have a rotten orange. 🙂
Not only does this warming spices fragrant simmering pot make your home smell amazing, it has the added benefit of adding humidity to the room. Colorado is incredibly dry in the winter, so having extra humidity can help keep skin healthy.
The instructions I included are for a simmering pot on the store. I actually have a small crockpot that I use. Because I have a natural gas stove, it is far more energy efficient to use my crockpot.
Warming Spices Fragrant Simmering Pot
1 fresh orange, sliced
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole star anise
1 teaspoon allspice
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops clove bud essential oil
Directions: Bring 1 quart of water to a steaming simmer on stove. Add whole spices and oil. Simmer to fill house with warm, pleasant aroma.
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