Potpourri is a simple and natural way to fill your home with a pleasant scent. It is made with dried ingredients such as fragrant flowers, herbs, spices and essential oils and kept in bowls to fill your home with a pleasant aroma. Traditionally, potpourris were made with roses, but today other scented flowers are used, as well as herbs such as lavender and powdered spices such as cinnamon and cloves. These can be used as natural air fresheners in any location or to add visual appeal, including at home or in the office.
Here we’ve put together three easy-to-make potpourri recipes for you to try today.
1. Rose petals potpourri
Cover the baking sheet with a thin layer of rose petals. You can also try drying whole roses or rose buds. Then dry the petals for 2-3 days in a warm, dark and dry place or in a very cool oven. Place the petals in a glass jar when they have dried. To personalize your scent, add spices (such as cinnamon or cloves) or dried rosemary or lavender at this stage. Close the container and shake it gently. Place the container in a warm place for 24 hours before opening it to enjoy the fragrance.
2. Orange potpourri
Orange peel has a fresh, clean scent that fills your home with a pleasant aroma. This citrus peel is often added to improve its appearance and fragrance. To dry them, arrange the orange peels on kitchen paper. Three or four layers of paper towels should be used to cover the orange peels. If your microwave doesn’t have a carousel, microwave on 50% power for five minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove the peels and store in a cool, dry place for two to three days, or until completely dry.
3. Christmas potpourri
With the delicious scents of cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, cloves and rosemary you can make your own Christmas potpourri. Simply combine the following ingredients: 3 dried orange slices, a handful of dried cranberries, 1 rosemary sprig, a scoop of whole cloves, 3-4 cinnamon sticks and a 2′′ piece vanilla pod. Fill a small saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add more water if necessary. Enjoy the wonderful Christmas scent!
These recipes can be ridiculously easy to prepare. And the smell and look of all these ingredients are complementary.
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