Winter Solstice Simmer Pot Recipe for Yule

This Winter Solstice simmer pot blend is a perfect blend of cold-weather, Yule-inspired herbs, fruits, and spices.

Nothing fills your home with the spirit of winter like a cauldron (or stove pot!) full of natural, aromatic ingredients.

What is a simmer pot?

A simmer pot is a kind of homemade, magical potpourri.  It’s a collection of herbs, fruits, flowers and/or essential oils specifically chosen for their association with the season, holiday, or spell intention.

Magical Correspondences

I love this recipe because it has a kind of rolling scent profile.

In the first 15 minutes, you’ll get the fresh scent of peppermint, followed by orange citrus, cinnamon, and pine.  One scent blends into the next perfectly!

Each one is chosen for its association with the Winter Solstice and Yule.


From love spells to protection magic, cinnamon may very well be the most versatile magical ingredient in your magical cabinet.

But during the winter, it represents the warmth of the hearth fire and shelter from the cold.


Orange is a classic solar symbol. 

The Winter Solstice is a turning point—the exact moment of the year when the power of the sun overtakes darkness. 

The use of oranges in spells and blends during the Yule season celebrates the return of the light.

Peppermint Oil

Cool, fresh, and bright, peppermint symbolizes the cold weather of the season.

When boiled in a simmer pot, it mimics the cool, fresh bite of frostbitten air.

Star Anise

In magick, star anise is a symbol of hope.

The darkest months of the year are over, and the promise of light in a dark universe lightens the heart.

Pine Needles

Evergreens are a signature feature of altars and rituals during the winter months.

As the name suggests, they remain green even in the darkest, coldest season and remind us that life springs eternal.


Like pine, rosemary is an evergreen.

It’s also very often the only usable herb in your magical garden this time of year!

Go cut some, and include it in this brew for the protection of the home and the heart.

If you want to gift it . . .

If you’d like to give this blend as a gift, you can simply replace the fresh orange with dried orange peel and the pine needles.

Add the essential oils over the dried ingredients, put it all in a pretty jar, and wrap it with something eco-friendly.


*1 cup pine needles 

*one whole orange sliced

*cinnamon sticks 

*whole star anise

*5 drops rosemary essential oil

*10 drops of peppermint essential oil


To infuse your home with the essence of Yule, fill a large pot or stove-safe cast iron cauldron with water.

Add all the ingredients.

Simmer on the stovetop on low for 1-3 hours.

Do not leave it unattended!


  1. Hello, I love your website! On the run up to most pagan celebrations I always come here to check ideas on what to eat, what to do, etc.
    I’ve been contemplating making a simmer pot for so long but have yet to – my question is, what do you do with it when it’s finished? Do you dispose of it, keep the water in a bottle to use for something else…?
    Thank you! =)

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