Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Citrus Potpourri Recipe

The only scent I love more than lemon is orange. This potpourri recipe uses orange, lemon, and lime peels - things that I would normally dry when I had my herb garden. The recipe comes from The Rodale Herb Book - How To Use, Grow, And Buy Nature's Miracle Plants.

1 cup orange blossoms
1/2 cup orange peel
1/2 cup lime peel
1 cup mint
1 cup lemon leaf
1 cup rosemary
1/2 oz vetiver root (fixative)

Do not use metal utensils when making potpourris. Use wood, enamel, or ceramic.

For sachets, finely crush all the herbs with a mortar and pestle. For potpourri, keep the herbs and peels coarsely broken.

After mixing the potpourri, transfer the herbs to a wide mouth glass jar. Screw lid on tightly and keep in a dark place for roughly 4 months. Once a week, stir the potpourri with the handle of a wooden spoon, recap, and put away.

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