If you are a stay at home mom who enjoys spending most of the time indoors either working or taking care of the kids, then you understand the importance of a clean environment. The environment is not clean until the air is pure and sweet. Understanding several simmering potpourri recipes is one way to making your home smell nice for you and your visitors. Whether you are looking for a holiday, fall scent or simply a fresh and clean smell, you will need to understand the guidelines of making homemade potpourri and how best to display it.
How To Make Your Potpourri
- Pick your ingredients
You first need to pick your ingredients. The rules are very simple: follow your nose. If the fragrance is good, then a combination of all will be amazing. It is always advisable that you choose natural ingredients in season.
- Dry them out
Dry out the elements that are damp like petals and fruits if you don’t want to end up with a potpourri that’s rotten. You can either microwave or bake them on a baking sheet at low temperature.
- Blend and store
Bruise your elements slightly with your fingers as you combine them to release the fragrant oils. Put them in a lidded jar and allow the scents combine for two weeks to one month.
Displaying Your Potpourri
Your homemade potpourri can be set out in a decorative bowl or in a saucepan of simmering water. Normally, a medium spoonful is enough. You can place it in any part of the house away from kids. Also ensure you put your bowl or jar containing the potpourri in a warm place for the fragrance to develop.
Top Potpourri Recipes To Try Out
If you have been trying out a different essential oil to keep your home smelling fresh, then you have been missing out on great scents. Consider these two recipes:
- 1 oz of lemon verbena, lemon thyme and lemon balm
- 1/2 oz marjoram
- 1/4 oz crumbled bay leaf
- 1 tbsp lemon peel (crushed)
- 6 tbsp orange peel (crushed)
- 2 tbsp orris root powder
- 2 drops orange blossom oil
- 2 drops lemon oil
Put all the dry ingredients in a metal or glass container and mix properly. Add the oils and continue mixing.
- 2 ounces Rose Petals
- 1 ounce each of Chamomile Flowers, Meadowsweet and Agrimony
- 1/2 ounce each of Hibiscus Flowers and Lemon Balm
- 8 crushed Bay Leaves
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Pod
- 2 teaspoons Cloves
- 2 teaspoons Allspice
- 3 tablespoons Orris Root
- 3 drops Carnation Oil
- 2 drops Violet Oil