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if you ever wanted to know how
potpourri. Potpourri is a mixture of dried flowers, herbs,
aromatic oils. Make your own potpourri from your cottage gardens and
use these to freshen your homes, your underwear drawers, your linen
drawers, or just give them away as homemade gifts.
There are two methods of making
potpourri, one is
the wet method of making
potpourri where semi-dried flowers and petals are layered
salt to cure and ferment them. Then there is the dry method of making potpourri
ingredients are dried either in a slow oven or in a cool, dark place.
Today, people prefer using the dry
method as you end up with a prettier
Commontypes of flowers used in making
scented geraniums, carnations, lavender, orange blossom, violets,
honeysuckle, jonquil, chamomile, and jasmine to name a few.
used in Potpourri
Common herbs used are lemon verbena, basil,
rosemary, thyme, marjoram and mint.
your Potpourri Recipes
Of course when you have finished making
potpourri aesthetics is very important. Will your end result
pretty? Often when you dry your flowers they lose their
bright colors and can end up looking rather dull.
Therefore it is important to mix some
petals that don't lose their color. Calendula flowers are perfect for
this, as are borage flowers, nasturtiums, pansies, jasmine and
Other additions to
your potpourri mix will be
dried citrus peel, lemon and orange are commonly used, sandalwood or
cedar wood, and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are added to
give your mixture added depth.
You will need a fixative
for your potpourri
to make sure that any perfumes that exist will stabilize and remain for
longer. Orris root powder is the most widely fixative used, and this
can be found at either your local drug store or health shops. It is
made from the dried root of Iris Florentina, so if you have this
growing in your garden - make your own!
Last, but not least, you will need the essential
oils that will give your potpourri its lasting scent. They
quite expensive as they take 5 years in the making, however, you only
ever use a few drops and therefore last a long time. My favorite
essential oils are lavender oil, rose oil and jasmine oil.
Drying your Flowers
Dry your flowers and herbs in bunches hanging upside down in a dark,
cool place that has access to a breeze. When drying rose petals remove
from the plant, and dry individually on a porous surface, such as
mosquito netting or the like in a single layer out of the sun.
Rose and Carnation
2 cups pink rose petals
2 cups pink carnation petals
1/2 cup orris root powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 whole cinnamon stick
5 drops essential oil of roses
Dry rose and carnation petals separately. When crisp combine them and
sprinkle with orris root powder, except for 1 tablespoon which you have
reserved in a small bowl.
Sprinkle rose oil into the reserved
powder and mix well.
Pour into petals mixture. Add other
breaking cinnamon sticks into fragments and mix well with your hands.
Keep in sealed jars for 1 month before using.
300g lavender flowers, dried
25g dried thyme
25g dried mint
25g dried basil leaves
10g ground cloves
10g ground caraway seeds
50g orris root powder
3 drops lavender oil
This is probably my favorite potpourri recipe. I love the smell of
lavender and it lasts for ages.
Combine dried flowers and leaves in a large bowl. Add spices.
Drop oil into orris root powder, mix.
Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Store in sealed container or jar for at least a month before using.
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