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Fresh and Fragrant Fall Simmer Pot Recipe

ll natural falls simmer pot recipe


Hello friends! Today I am sharing a delicious smelling all-natural fall simmer pot recipe that will put everyone in a fall mood (even if it’s still 90 degrees in October!) This fall has been extremely hot for most of the United States which has made it a little harder to feel those cozy fall vibes we all love. Scents are very powerful in evoking memories and moods, but I am sensitive to most candles. Over the last few years I have relied more and more on essential oils and simmer pot recipes to keep our home smelling fresh and clean.


As I was doing some fall decorating this weekend I used one of my favorite fall simmers to fill our home with the aroma of fall. This particular simmer is fresh and fragrant, perfect for when you want your home to have smell clean with cozy fall undertones.


Lemon, Rosemary, Sage and Cinnamon Fall Simmer 


  • 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary 
  • 3-6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 4-6 slices fresh lemon

Add all ingredients to a small pot or pan and add enough water to completely cover the ingredients. Simmer on low heat for up 45 minutes, adding more water if necessary due to evaporation.


Fresh herbs are the key ingredients of the simmer.  I use herbs from my garden, but you can easily find sage and rosemary at the grocery store.


Rosemary is my favorite herb! It is highly aromatic so it works well in simmer recipes. This summer I have had great luck with a rosemary plant that has now grown into a  bush right outside our side door off from the kitchen. Apparently it has loved this relentless heat! For my fresh fall simmer recipe I simply snipped off four of five sprigs. The great thing about herbs is that the more you snip, the more they grow!



I also have several varieties of sage growing in pots. I snipped off a few of my Berggarten sage leaves for the simmer.


Before simmering I rinsed the herbs to get rid of any dirt or tiny critters.



In addition to the herbs I used one lemon and two cinnamon sticks. If you you don’t have cinnamon sticks on hand you can sprinkle liberal amounts of cinnamon in the pot.


I fell in love with simmers years ago after smelling them in Williams Sonoma. Their stores are filled with beautiful culinary treasures which inspire me to get cookin,’ especially for fall and the holidays!



Staub Ceramic Pumpkin Cocotte

Williams Sonoma


Lemon-Rosemary Roast Chicken | Williams Sonoma

Lemon-Rosemary Roast Chicken Recipe~ Williams Sonoma


The simple Williams Sonoma simmer recipe is made up of lemon, rosemary and vanilla. This is a wonderful year-round scent that I like to use to keep our home smelling fresh. In the fall I add cinnamon sticks which really makes it smell like yummy things are cooking in the kitchen.



I think the vanilla is an optional ingredient for those who prefer the sweeter scents. If you like fresh and clean, simply omit the vanilla. Both recipes smell amazing to me!



I sliced up a whole lemon but I only used four slices for the first 20-30 minutes of simmering. The longer it simmers the less fragrant it becomes, so I always add another slice or two after a while to make the scent strong again.


I like to use a small copper pan for simmering. I add just enough water to completely submerse the ingredients. The water does evaporate after a while so I just add a bit more water if I want to keep simmering longer. You can always use a larger pot, just be sure to double or triple the recipe depending on the size of pot you use. I have also used a small crock pot for my simmers.



Fall simmer pot recipe fresh fall simmer lemon, rosemary, sage, cinnamon, vanilla




ll natural falls simmer pot recipe



Well that’s all there is to making this fresh and fragrant fall simmer pot recipe! I have a few more fall and winter simmers that I will be sharing towards Thanksgiving and Christmas that are just a wonderful but a bit “warmer” and spicier.

Have you ever made your own simmers? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!



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  • Reply michele@hellolovelystudio

    Oh, this sounds amazing, and I will try it since lemon and rosemary are favorites. But how am I supposed to deal with a husband who wonders what I have been cooking for dinner and have only sage water to offer? Hahahaha. Peace to you.

    October 10, 2019 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy

    Mmmm. I can just smell that already! Pinning ! Also I would like to invite you to link this post to my GATHERING OF FRIENDS LINK PARTY 8 over at my blog

    October 12, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much!

      October 15, 2019 at 12:35 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    I’m sure this smells heavenly! for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    October 14, 2019 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    I often make simmer pots Amber, but have never used rosemary before. I must try this!!
    Thank you for sharing all of your amazing projects at Create, Bake, Grow and Gather this week.
    I’m pinning your fall simmer pot recipe to our party board.

    October 17, 2019 at 6:39 am
  • Reply Jen

    This sounds just wonderful for fall and I can’t wait to try it!! You will be the featured post on this weeks Friday at the Fire Station link up!

    October 18, 2019 at 3:08 am
  • Reply Marie

    This reminds me of childhood. When I was a kid we made a tea out of cinnamon sticks and the house would smell so nice while simmering. Thanks for a bit of nostalgia!

    October 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Mountain garden… What a lovely name for a sage! Amber, you have a lovely garden. I’ll be trying your simmer soon, just need some sage. 😉 Happy to feature your post at SYS #279 this week.

    Enjoy your lovely “new” kitchen! I’m glad you had some new bigger benches made for the breakfast corner. It looks really good.

    Many hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    October 30, 2020 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    I can only imagine how awesome this smells! I love that it uses all natural elements too. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Farmhouse Friday!

    November 5, 2020 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Linda Primmer

    This is heavenly and I bet it smells wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing Amber at Love Your Creativity. Have a wonderful week.

    November 8, 2021 at 5:58 pm
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