POT­POURRI

Herbs & Superfoods - - Using Herbs In The Home -

A long time be­fore com­mer­cial air fresh­en­ers be­came avail­able, dried herbs and flow­ers were used to freshen the im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment. These fra­grant mixes, later known as pot­pourri, were dis­played in homes and car­ried in small sa­chets on one’s person to dis­guise foul smells. We still make these to­day, of course, not so much to hide our own bad smells, but to pro­vide beau­ti­ful scents for our own homes.

Dried rose petals re­tain their scent well and are usu­ally the main in­gre­di­ent in pot­pourri, but pretty much any scented flower, fra­grant leaves and spices can be used, to­gether with es­sen­tial oils and a fix­a­tive, usu­ally or­ris root.

To make pot­pourri, use 2 cups dried scented rose petals or buds, 1 cup other dried scented flower heads or petals (such as laven­der, del­phini­ums, car­na­tions – as well as marigolds for colour), 1 cup dried rose gera­nium leaves (or use lemon balm, ver­bena or mar­jo­ram), 2 ta­ble­spoons whole cloves, lightly crushed, 1 ta­ble­spoon whole all­spice, lightly crushed, 3 cin­na­mon sticks, crushed, 2 ta­ble­spoons or­ris root pow­der, and 10 drops rose gera­nium es­sen­tial oil. Com­bine all in­gre­di­ents, then store in a lid­ded jar for 4-6 weeks to ma­ture.

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