DIY- Dried Potpourri
Traditional Dried Botanical Potpourri
To make 4 cups potpourri
Essential oil of choice
1 litre of dried botanicals .
Bark, roots, seeds, leaves, herbs.
Orange., lemon and other citrus peels
Gums and resins like frankincense, myrrh, eucalyptus gum
Spices, herbs eg lavender sprigs, star anise, cinnamon sticks, rosemary sprigs, vanilla bean pods etc
Dry your botanicals
Dry any botanicals that are fresh or contain moisture using one of the following methods:
- Place flowers bark etc on newspaper. Leave in a sheltered area that gets the sun over several days, turning daily until dry.
- Place botanicals on a lined baking sheet in a very slow oven (around 100 -120C) for several hours until all moisture has been removed.
- Use an electric dehydrator to remove the moisture from the plant material.
Re-use bunches of flowers:
A lovely way to give new life to a wilting bunch of flowers is to make them into potpourri .
Just tie the stems together with some string and hang them upside down in a bright airy space for a few weeks until fully dried out.
Putting it together
Mix 5 ml of essential oil blend of choice into the botanicals. Store in a large ziplock bag for at least 2 days to allow the scent to permeate the potpourri.
Place potpourri into bags, bowls or other suitable containers and place in room.
Re-invigorate the potpourri by adding in 1 or 2 ml of essential oil as needed..