Do you use mulling spices to make your home a little more festive around the holidays?
Now that we’re below freezing here in Iowa City, I’ve been using mulling spices on a daily basis in our home to try and combat the dry air. Mulling spices are a medley of whole cloves, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel – I get mine from my local food cooperative’s bulk section and last winter I also saw it at Trader Joe’s (you can also always make your own by buying the spices individually).
I like to boil the spices on the stove to add moisture to the dry winter air and simultaneously make our home smell super festive and amazing. I always like to think this is the way Santa’s house would smell.
yes I’m an adult. and yes I still daydream of what Santa’s workshop would smell like.
We usually set our thermostat to 68°F and with the dry winter air, I’m always frozen! Adding moisture back into the air really helps our home feel warmer, not to mention how much better it is for our skin, houseplants, etc.
Here’s my recipe:
Mulling Spice for a Warmer, Festive-Smelling Home
what you need:
1 large stovetop pot
1/4 cup mulling spices
6-8 cups of water (more depending on heat setting and time)
Add mulling spices to the large pot of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and let the pot stay like this for as long as you want. Remember to check back occasionally and add more water as it evaporates. I usually like to let the pot simmer for 2-3 hours but really it comes down to how fresh your mulling spices are and how much scent is left.
Note: don’t forget to turn off the stovetop before heading out!
And while we’re on the topic, did you know that all infinity scarves purchased from the shop this winter season are shipped with a canvas bag of organic mulling spices?!
Oh my word. I love to think of how wonderful your orders must smell when you first open the package.
You know, this might be more for me than for you guys simply because I’m obsessed with the smell and I love having this stuff stockpiled in my office!