Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Don't Throw Away Mother's Day Flowers: Basic Potpourri Recipe

Stop! Before you toss your Mother’s Day flowers or any bouquet of flowers into the garbage can, get crafty and reuse them.  Creating potpourri is easy, simple, and has many variations. I have made potpourri from scratch using items in my home.  Potpourri makes a great gift or decoration/air freshener for a home. 

Basic Potpourri Recipe (I do not have measurements, because I just toss things together)

Fresh or dried flowers
Orris root, calamus root, oakmoss, or tonka bean
Allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried lemon/orange peels (optional)
Essential Oil (depends on your desired scent- floral, spicy, etc.)
Storage container
Sachet or decorative bowl/glass

1.      Gather desired flowers. If using fresh flowers, dry flowers by hanging them upside down. Flowers/leaves are dry when they begin to feel brittle, but not crumbling.
2.      Chop desired root
3.      Place remaining ingredients into a storage container
4.      Add chopped root and mix
5.      Leave the covered storage container in a dark place for two to six weeks
6.      After the two to six weeks, transfer  mixture into a decorative bowl or sachet
7.      To prolong the life of the potpourri or add more scent, just sprinkle essential oil

Aromatherapy Scent Choices
Sage, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, and Sandalwood.

Refreshing and Invigorating
Basil, Vetiver, Cypress, Tarragon, Thyme, Rosemary, Coriander, Peppermint,  Atlas Cedar Wood, Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Eucalyptus, and Cypress. 

Warm and Inviting
Cardamom, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Elemi, Vetiver, Cedar Wood, Pine, Patchouli, Sage, Geranium, Eucalyptus, and Lavender.

Geranium, Vetiver, Elemi, Davana, Ylang Ylang, Lemongrass, Chamomile, Petigrain, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Lemon, and Bergamot.

Do you make potpourri? What are your favorite scent combinations? 

~ L.

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