Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Making Rose Potpourri


Enjoy the gift of roses throughout the year, by adding a delightful fragrance to every room in your home! 

  • Collect The Rose Petals after the flower has fully opened but before they turn brown.
  • Dry them on any flat surface, a cookie sheet would work well. 
  • Place the flowers on a single layer. Do not pack them tightly together or on top of each other or they will decompose. It takes about one week to be completely dried out. 
  • For every liter of petals you collect add 1 tablespoon of herbs (sandalwood, oak moss or dry lavender are good choices) 
  • Add a little spice. (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, dried orange peels, etc) 
  • Lastly, add a few drops of essential oil (an aroma additive) or, if you prefer, try your favorite perfume.
  • Seal the mixture in a jar, and let it sit for about two weeks. Give the jar a gentle shake every day. 
  • An easy way to make a rose potpourri sachet is to place a small handful of the fragrant mixture in a lace or linen handkerchief or other delicate fabric and tie the four corners with a satin bow or ribbon.  

There are many uses for this fragrant potpourri. Add it to the stuffing of pillows or hang it in pomanders in your closet. Use small sachets can be used in drawers. It makes a thoughtful gifts for friends and loved ones!

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