Holiday Simmer Pots: Spice Up Your Kitchen With Magical Aromas

Holiday Simmer Pots: Spice Up Your Kitchen With Magical Aromas December 1, 2019

Let it snow!  You have a magical simmer pot on the stovetop enhancing the aromas of your kitchen.

apple cinnamon clove anise witchcraft simmer pot pagan holiday diy
Simmer pot with apple slices, a cinnamon stick, a pinch of cloves, a few broken cardamon pods, and one slice of star anise. Photo copyright the author.

As many of you know, I’m in the middle of writing a book called Air Magic for Llewellyn.  I had a hard time deciding how one could celebrate the pagan Wheel of the Year holidays with the element of air in mind until I thought about simmer pots.

These lovely little pots simmer on the back of your stove and boil aromas into the air.  They’re nearly effortless, and they transport anyone who walks into the room into another headspace.

Pine Bay Cinnamon Clove Orange Peel Simmer Pot pagan witchcraft holiday diy
Holiday simmer pot with pine, bay leaves, a cinnamon stick, a pinch of cloves, and dried orange peel. Copyright the author.

To make a magical simmer pot, simply put a few ingredients into a pot (recipes are below the photos).  Place your hands over the pot and state your intention out loud.  It can be something as easy as, “this simmer pot creates aromas that encourage love and happiness,” or, “These ingredients increase harmony and positivity for my family.”

There’s a little gray magic with these intentions; however, you’re not taking away someone’s free will.  Encouraging familial love and positivity is something that many people do, often though baking or cooking.  It’s up to you whether you wish to influence other people in this manner.  If nothing else, the intention can be for you and you alone!

Fill the simmer pot with tap water about halfway, set to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.  Add water every twenty to thirty minutes or so.  Never let it go dry.

simmer pot with pear skins, cinnamon stick, cardamon pods, nutmeg, clove, and ginger pagan witchcraft holiday diy
Simmer pot with pear skins, a cinnamon stick, powdered nutmeg, powdered clove, and powdered ginger. Photo copyright the author.

One of the best things about simmer pots is that you can use leftover ingredients like pear skins.  You can also use nearly any form of spice, including fresh, powdered, or whole.

Depending on the ingredients, simmer pots can last for a couple of hours to a couple of days.  As long as something isn’t rotting, fermented, or moldy, you’re probably fine.  If you’d like to play it safe, discard the ingredients after a few hours.

Of course, if you wanted to use these ingredients in a jar spell, I wouldn’t stop you.

Happy holiday season!

~ Align with Astrea aka Starlight Witch ~

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About Astrea
Astrea is the author of Intuitive Witchcraft: How To Use Intuition To Elevate Your Craft (Llewellyn Worldwide). She also leads the fire dancing group Aurora Fire and stirs up magic for the Blessed Be Box, the service that ships a "ritual in a box" for new moons and sabbats. You can read more about the author here.

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