There is nothing nicer than having your home smell fresh with the scents of flowers or spices; nothing overbearing. Sure, it's easy to pick up store-bought potpourri, however most of the time it is sprayed with heavy synthetic perfumes or dyed with materials that can be toxic. Nature smells better and is healthier for you and the environment. Homemade potpourri is created by combining the dried nature finds in an airtight container and letting it cure over time. Go on a nature walk and gather materials to make all natural potpourri blends for your home. Here are some recipes to try.
Preparation - glass or plastic bowls, and a wooden spoon (never use metal utensils). A mortal and pestle comes in handy to crush flowers, leaves and spices.
Fixative - is the material that is used to preserve and hold the scent of your potpourri blend. Orris root is commonly used - it's a type of flower in the Iris family that is ground into a powder. This fixative is mixed in with your nature finds. Some other known fixatives are wood shavings, Sandalwood chips, Oak moss, and cinnamon.
Fragrance - at first the potpourri has a fragrance, but in time natural essentials oils can be added to your potpourri mix to freshen the aroma.
Filler - this is the dried flowers, herbs, spices, wood shavings or chips. If you are collecting nature finds outdoors, these need to be dried first. Plan on shrinkage of your materials, so if you want to end up with one cup of potpourri, you will need to start with four cups of fresh items.
Airtight containers - jars, crocks, even zipper-type plastic bags so you can store the potpourri until use.