Scents of the season: Holiday potpourri recipes
Scent plays a major part in the holiday season. This is because our sense of smell is closely linked with our memory, meaning that a particular aroma can make us feel instantly nostalgic for holidays past. That's why every year, you're likely eager to bring festive scents into your home to remind you of those warm moments. This year, you may have already begun the process of making your house smell more inviting by placing some candles or Christmas flowers in various rooms, but have you made a holiday potpourri? This is a great way to combine the stunning sight and heavenly scent of flower petals with other aromatic elements. It's bound to make you feel more at home, as well as any friends, family or other guests you welcome into your space.
Here are a few floral-inspired recipes to consider:
Apples, spice and everything nice potpourri recipe
One of the most popular fruits of the season, apples make for a great potpourri base because they pair well with fragrant and festive spices. For this recipe from Woman's Day magazine:
- dry out two to three apples by slicing them paper thin and placing them on a baking sheet in a 150 degree oven for 30 minutes.
- Next, mix the dried slices with 1/2 cup pink and red carnation petals, 1/4 cup dried sweet woodruff leaves, 2 tablespoons crumbled cinnamon, 1 1/2 tablespoons grated nutmeg, 1 tablespoon whole cloves and 1 tablespoon julienned orange peel. Then add 3 drops of cinnamon or vanilla scented oil, depending on your preference, and store the mixture in a glass jar.
Mulberry Madness potpourri recipe
The combination of tart mulberry and sweet florals is an ideal mix for getting you in the holiday spirit. The Mulberry Madness recipe from Monterey Bay Spice Company requires:
- combining 3 cups rose petals and leaves, 1 cup each juniper berries and hibiscus flowers, 1/2 cup crushed bay leaves, 1/4 cup ground star anise and 2 tablespoons orris root in a large bowl.
- Then it's time to add 15 drops of mulberry fragrance oil.
- Stir all of the ingredients until they're coated with the oil, and then scoop the mixture into several glass jars before closing their lids.
- The potpourri can be kept in a dark place for four to six weeks, just be sure to give it a shake once a day to make sure the scent stays fresh.
Rose potpourri recipe
Everything's coming up roses! Roses are a gorgeous blossom to look at, but they also have a fragrance that simply cannot be matched. In fact, their delicate scent can be preserved for thousands of years if prepared the right way. To make Garden Guides' Rose Potpourri, you need to salt cure rose petals, which takes some work but is well worth the effort.
- Using any combination of red, white or pink petals, spread out 4 cups onto a newspaper. Allow them to dry out for several days.
- Once their texture is comparable to soft leather, layer them with 1/2 teaspoon non-iodized coarse ground sea salt in a crockery bowl.
- Lay an inverted plate on top to press the petals down. Then cover the container with a sheet of foil and seal up the edges.
- Stir the petals with a spoon daily for about two weeks.
- Once they have begun to change colors, combine them with 1 tablespoon crushed whole clove, 1 tablespoon cedar shavings, 3 crushed bay leaves, 1 crushed cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon fresh shaved nutmeg, 10 drops of rose oil and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest or lemon extract.
Pour the mixture into a curing crock and again, place the plate and aluminum foil on top, sealing the foil with a rubber band. After four weeks of patiently waiting, you can transfer the contents to a potpourri jar. Don't fret if the mixture dries out - Garden Guides noted that you can always add a few drops of rose oil to freshen it up.
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