I love the smell of citrus and fresh herbs, and not just in food! If I could just bottle up the aroma in a bottle, I totally would. With this Lemon Stovetop Potpourri, you now can ♡ With this recipe, you can use up any summer time fruits, and create your own summer stovetop potpourri without buying artificial scents and perfumes. And it will leave your house smelling amazing! All it takes a handful of simple ingredients, like lemon slices, fresh rosemary, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla extract.

My sister has a green thumb, and has been trying to grow her own lemon trees and I absolutely can't wait to try some garden fresh lemons one day! Even if I have to wait another two years, since citrus trees do take a couple years to mature before you can enjoy their fruits.

In the mean time, buying store bought lemons, will have to suffice! And what better way to enjoy a fresh aroma than to create a potpourri that can simmer throughout the day!

Lemon Rosemary Potpourri

Last winter, I shared my holiday potpourri with cranberries and oranges. I loved having that on the stove during the winter and christmas months. It really does bring the coziness out. But once that christmas tree comes down, and the decorations are put away. I love greeting the fresh spring and summer air with a Lemon Rosemary Potpourri!

It really does provide such a beautiful fragrance that lingers throughout the house. And though, humidity in the south is not something to brag about, the extra moisture in the air helps keep your hair and skin hydrated as well:)

Using farm fresh or store bought ingredients are simple, convenient, and it's a great way to use up the extra herbs or fruits that are going bad or drying up.

Half Full Or Half Empty

With both of my potpourri recipes, you will want to top the water off in your saucepan, because the water will begin to evaporate the longer it simmers on the stove. Once most of the water has evaporated, you can keep refilling the pot until it's time to change out the wilted fruits and herbs.

You can also use a small or medium slow cooker for the as well! This way, you can just toss everything in without worrying and forgetting to add water throughout the day.

Try This Other Potpourri Recipe

Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
30 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
40 mintues
1 Batch Of Potpourri


  • 2 Lemons, Sliced
  • 3 Springs Rosemary
  • 4-5 Sage Leaves
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, optional
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks, optional
  • Your favorite Essential Oils, optional
  • Water


  1. Throw all of your fruits and herbs into a small sauce pan.
  2. Cover with water until everything is submerged.
  3. Heat over low heat and allow to simmer. Refilling throughout the day as needed.
  4. You can replace the spent ingredients with fresh as needed.

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