Potpourri and Sweet Herbal Sachets – DIY
The harvest season is a time when most of us are more in touch with plants and their gifts than at any time of year. Roses are dropping their petals, herbs are full height and ready to cut, and vacation walks turn up cones and seed pods. Why not put it all to use by making a fragrant potpourri to place in a bowl in the perfect spot in your home?
Guidelines for How to Evoke Different Scents
Fruity: Focus on the scents of lemon balm, citrus peels, and gardenias.
Fresh and Lemony: Focus on the scents of citrus peels, mint, lemon balm, and geranium.
Woodsy: Employ the scents of sandalwood, cinnamon, thyme, lemon balm, and cardamom pods.
Fall and Winter: Focus on the scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, bay, and thyme.
Summer: Consider roses or jasmine, lemon balm, and lemon peel, and mint.
If you use fresh ingredients this mixture will take about six weeks sealed in an airtight container to set. Otherwise you can use it right away.
Makes 3 cups; lasts for 6 months
2 cups rose, lavender, or jasmine flowers; fresh or dried
1 cup herbs such as mint, thyme, lemon balm, or lavender; fresh or dried
2 tablespoons roots, spices, seeds, and berries
8 to 10 drops essential oil of choice
2 teaspoons dried and ground citrus peel (as a preservative)
Combine all the ingredients. Stir, and store in an airtight container.
To Make Sweet Sachets: To make sachets, grind the potpourri in a coffee or herb grinder, obtain some silk or cotton (old sleep ware is great), and make 2 inch x 2 inch squares with it (general size, bigger is fine), hand sewing the sides together, tucking it full of the ground potpourri, and sewing it up.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).