Here is what you will need:
– the peel of one orange
– one cut up apple
– 2 large cinnamon sticks
– 1 tablespoon of cloves
– 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon of almond extract
– 1.5 cups of water plus plenty more for refill
Place all ingredients in a cooking pot and simmer throughout the day while adding a bit of water from time to time. Also, you can reuse this mix for three days and store it in the fridge overnight
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I love this easy gift idea (pic below) for neighbors etc includes the ‘recipe’
Herbs and Spices Good for Potpourri
Fixatives (prevents evaporation of fragrance)
Homemade Potpourri Recipes
Tips for Using Homemade Potpourri Recipes and General Instructions
Dry flowers and herbs before use.
Methods of drying:
- Tie bunches with ordinary string and hang upside down in a warm, dry place. Near a stove or in a closet, works well.
- Or, drape a length of cheesecloth between two chairs and cover with pedals, adding another layer of cheesecloth on top.
- This will allow the flowers to get air circulation above and below, helping them to dry more quickly.
- Or, scatter on a cookie sheet lined with cheesecloth and dry in the oven set on the lowest temperature with door open.
The slower your dry your petals, the more supple they will be: fast drying makes petals brittle. Read here for more information on drying roses
Cleaning herbs – After picking herbs, rinse lightly with water to cleanse. Too much water will drown them.
A note on roses – Damask roses are the most fragrant, but if your blooms aren’t excessively fragrant, add a touch of rose oil.
Don’t use toxic sources. Only use ingredients that have not been treated with insecticide or fungicide. Their toxicity can effect you.
Don’t use metal bowls or utensils for handling potpourri, except for the knife to cut them. Use wood or plastic to stir, baskets, enamel or ceramic to carry and mix.
Mix powder or crushed spice in a separate bowl before adding to mixture. Mix oils separately as well.
Add the spices to the mix, then the oils.
Once mixed, pour mixture into a large glass jar, store sealed in a cool dark place for a couple of months. Occasionally remove the jar and shake to blend.
Collect flowers on a dry day or at least 1-2 days after it has rained. The best time is in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun is high enough to have dried out the flowers’ oils, about 8-10 am.
Collect 3 times as many flowers as you think you will need because their weight decreases by 2/3.
For roses, cut off the little white area at the base of each petal (if you want the color to be uniform).
For annual flowers, cut to the ground, for perennials, cut half way down. Pick off bad leaves and rinse lightly to remove dirt.