Learn how to make your own floral-scented potpourri sachets, plus get the scoop on green beauty trends from The Detox Market’s founder, Romain Gaillard.
Winter Floral Potpourri
MAKES 5 3∕4-CUP SACHETS. 1 cup dried rosebuds 1 cup dried chamomile flowers 1 cup dried cornflowers ½ cup dried lavender buds ⅓ cup cedar wood chips 10 eucalyptus leaves 20 drops cedar wood essential oil 10 drops tea tree essential oil 10 drops lavender essential oil 5 drops rose geranium essential oil
Sweet Dreams Potpourri
MAKES 2 cups 5 3∕4-CUP SACHETS. dried lavender buds 1 cup dried rose petals ½ cup dried cornflowers ½ cup dried sage leaves 6 makrut lime leaves 4 dried tips of cedar branches 30 drops lavender essential oil 10 drops black spruce essential oil 5 drops rose geranium essential oil
EQUIPMENT: 10 4 x 4-inch muslin or organza sachets (or 5 sachets per recipe)
1. Choose either Winter Floral or Sweet Dreams. To a large glass bowl, add all dry ingredients and gently toss to combine.
2. To same bowl, add essential oils, distributing drops onto various dried herbs.
3. Transfer potpourri to a glass container with a tight-sealing lid and place in a cool, dark spot to infuse for 3 weeks or longer.
4. Using a canning funnel or large spoon, transfer potpourri into muslin bags. (TIP: Pack potpourri sachets loosely to allow for air circulation.)
5. Use sachets to freshen up spaces such as dressers, cars and bathrooms or even under your pillow! When needed, reinfuse with more essential oils and reuse.
KATHRIN BRUNNER is a Toronto-based nutritionist and yoga teacher. She has a passion for holistic living and is a super-avid DIYer who has created several lines of natural body-care products. Brunner teaches at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and has a private practice that offers a variety of workshops, corporate talks and yoga classes. Visit her website at fortheloveofbody.com.
TIP: Find the ingredients for your potpourri sachets at your local florist and natural health food store.