How to Make Simmering Herbs

The scents of the festive season make it special and memorable.
When I think of the Christmas season, I often think of the wonderful aromas associated with it.
A warm kitchen on a cold day filled with those warming aromas of cinnamon and cloves just makes the festive season brighter, wouldn't you agree?
So to get you started to make your holidays more aromatic, here is a recipe for Simmering Herbs. Make up the dry ingredients ahead of time, if you wish, and simply add the essential oil when you make the recipe.
This could also make a simple, thoughtful gift for a hostess. Prepare the ingredients in an attractive bag, attach the recipe with a ribbon and 'voila,' - you have a unique gift that will be appreciated.
Plus, a herb like rosemary refreshens the memory and has historial folklore associated with the festive season.

Simmering Herbs
1 cup rosemary needles
1/2 cup pine needles
1 tsp. cloves
1-2 cinnamon sticks
4-5 drops rosemary essential oil
2-3 cups water

Put all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to minimum and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Mixture can be reused several times though more water may need to be added.
Get more recipes on a festive potpourri, spice blend for pie, nutmeg rolls, gingerbread men, rum balls, Christmas pudding, mulled wine, spiced coffee and more .
Discover how to make festive crafts such as wreaths, a Christmas topiary, herbal candles, a pomander, herbal swag or gifts such as bath salts, herbal soaps, herbal vinegars and more in An Herbal Christmas.

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