Potpourri is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, used to provide a gentle natural scent inside your home or office. It is usually placed in a decorative wooden bowl, or tied in small sachet made from sheer fabric. It is a great way to use up dried flowers and can also be a lovely homemade gift!
Step 1: Begin by mixing ingredients together in a large bowl with a non metal spoon. Potpourri
should primarily be composed of (four to five cups) fragrant herbs and flowers, for example:
rose, sweet pea and rosemary. To provide accent colors, up to a quarter
of the dried flowers can be tulip or peony petals, bachelor's button
and/or foxglove. (Choose additional brightly colored flowers to intensify
desired color.) You also want to throw in some dried citrus peel (about half a cup), five drops of essential oil, and five teaspoons of crushed fragrant herbs such as: cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom. Mix in a fixative like orris root or gum bezion and some texture elements (shells, pine cones, bark, etc) and you are in business.
Step 2: Smell the mixture. When the blend of scents is satisfactory, continue on
to the next step. If not, try adjusting the ratios of different herbs
until you are pleased.
Step 3: Pour mixture into a covered container and store 4 to 6 weeks in a cool, dark area to allow the scent to develop. Shake or stir every 2 to 3 days.