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How to make potpourri
by Lucinda Jenkins LPNHC


Basic Potpourri

In a small bowl put your fixative which is orris root.
(Orris Root helps to hold the scent, this is why it is called a fixative)
Now is the time to add any other powders like cinnamon, or nutmeg, or other spices.
Add 7-9 drops of fragrance oil or essential oil per 1 tablespoon of orris root.
Mix this together really well and then store in an airtight container for 1-7 days.
The longer you store the stronger it gets.

After your orris root has cured , mix your other ingredients together.
Add your orris root fixative to the other dry ingredients
Place in an airtight container and leave in a dark place for 4-6 weeks.
Shake the container daily
After the curing time, transferr the potpourri to your decorative container of choice.

Suggested combinations of ingredients

Country Time

Apple Slices
orange peel
cinnamon sticks or pieces
cloves and rosehips
scent with apple cinnamon fragrance oil

Lady Victorian

lavender buds
rosebuds and petals
colored babu
angel wings colored
straw flowers colored
scent with lavender or rose or musk


Globe Flowers white
small pine cones
Angel wings white
Cedar Tips
Scent with Christmas Pine Fragrance oil

Use your imagination! These make great gifts!
All the essential oils and fragrance oils sold at Glenbrook Farms can be used in potpourri.

About the author: Lucinda Jenkins is a retired nurse and herbal consultant. She owns Glenbrook Farms Herbs and Such, an herb farm in North Florida and a great on-line herb,spice, tea and soap shop.



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