Making Potpourri (Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-130)

Making Potpourri (Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-130)

Madeleine H. Siegler

Language: English

Pages: 23

ISBN: 0882666983

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

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broken with the fingers, and has a sweeter odor. All cinnamon is produced by stripping thin layers of bark from the tree branches. It is then peeled, soaked in water, and formed into the tight rolls called quills. Cinnamon sticks may be purchased in any length from 1 inch to 16 inches. Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is the seed pod from a flowering shrub native to India and also cultivated in Central America. The pods are usually bleached white and are from ¼ to ½ inch long. Both the outer pod

characteristic violet scent and also its ability to “fix” other scents. Calamus (Acorus americanum) is commonly called sweet flag. An easily grown perennial with a creeping rootstock, it still grows wild in some areas. The slender root has a sweet taste and smell when dried. Oakmoss (Evernia pranastri) is a nearly white moss with a lovely earthy aroma. It is also known as chypre and gives its name to a whole class of fragrances. Its cost is reasonable and the results long-lasting; use this one

cinnamon, cloves, allspice 1½ teaspoons orris root 6 drops rose oil Combine the first four ingredients in a quart jar. Add orris root and drop the oil onto it. Shake well. Age for three weeks, shaking daily. The result is a light rose fragrance that keeps well. DAMASK ROSE POTPOURRI For this much richer blend of rose potpourri consult the catalogs listed in the back of this booklet, and invest in many ingredients and oils. Everything left over from this recipe will find a place in

tips, small hemlock cones, beechnut burrs, cedar tips or cones, mosses, dried rose hips, and juniper berries, you can make quantities of low-cost potpourris and scented pillows. To gather material for your own fir balsam pillow, clip new light green June growth from fully grown fir balsam trees. Dry tips and pack tightly into any square of fabric. Or use fresh tips and allow for some shrinkage. Be sure you correctly identify the tree before gathering the tips. Put your thumb and forefinger on

especially effective against stale smoke odors. Cloves have long been the remedy for mustiness in trunks, storage areas, and basement rooms. Lavender bags are one sure way of freshening clothes closets. I like to combine cedar, a moth repellent, with lavender for a sweeter aroma. Hang these over the closet rod for lasting aromas among the clothes. Replace after one season. I keep sachets in my suitcase. It smells good when I get it out to pack, and the fragrance lingers on my clothes. Doing

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