To make this blend you need to use a container that is disposable, as you cannot make this in a bowl you want to serve food in later. I use a bowl made from the base of a 2 liter pop bottle, so when I am finished I can recycle it and not worry that it would be used for food.
Gather your herbs and spices and you cinnamon and sweet orange essential oils. I also use cellulose fiber for a binder to help the mixture retain its scent.
Add the herbs and spices to the bowl and stir to mix.
1/4 cup each of rose hips, coriander, rosemary, cinnamon, allspice and orange peel.
Add the 1/4 cup cellulose fiber to another bowl (bottle bottom) and place the essential oil on the fiber by drops. You will use 1 tsp. of each oil which is 120 drops each. or 5 ml. Stir the cellulose until the oil is absorbed.
Then blend the cellulose and herbs together. Remember to keep away from the skin or face. Cinnamon oil is a skin irritant so if you get it on your skin wash it off immediately.
To use: Place 1 Tbls. of simmering spices into a non-food use pan with 1 quart of water. bring to a simmer and keep on stove on very low heat. Add more water as needed. I picked up this pot at the thrift store and will use it all season, then discard it after using it to mix potting soil in the spring.
You can make a smaller version of this recipe as follows:
4 Tbls. rose hips
4 Tbls.orange peel
4 Tbls. cellulose fiber
60 drops of cinnamon essential oil
60 drops sweet orange oil
At the Backyard Patch we make a wonderful Cider Blend that you can also use as a simmering spice. We call it Spice Cider / Mulled Wind Blend. Follow the link to see this and our other seasonal spices.