You all know how much I love spices and can how much I love to use my mortar and pestle. I’m always looking for ways or ideas that require me to put my mortar and pestle to use, and making potpourri is definitely one of my favorites. I love potpourri it makes the house smell so good, looks pretty, and it has a very relaxing vibe to it.
One day I read the package contents of a potpourri mix and I was surprised to see some unidentifiable ingredients, eek! I am not a fan of prepackage foods because of the chemicals and preservatives they may contain, and I certainly would like to limit the exposure to my family and home of harmful chemicals in potpourri and other fragrance sprays. So I decided that I would start to make my own homemade potpourri with the ingredients I had in my kitchen.
This is my favourite potpourri mixture that I’ve been using for years, I love it and know you will too.
The best thing about this potpourri mixture recipe is that you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen, therefore making it 100% natural. The second best thing, of course, it how amazing your home is going to smell.
This would make a great gift idea (personally I appreciate gifts that have a more personal touch to them) for a birthday or even for the holiday season.
When I make this potpourri mixture I use it two ways, the first is just leaving it in a nice decorative bowl to sit and release its amazing fragrance. The other way, and probably my favorite way, I use this is by putting it in a potpourri pot or an aromatherapy pot/lamp with some water that uses a candle to heat up and release the scent faster. It’s your choice how you want to use this amazingly fragrant and chemical free homemade potpourri mix.
( Recipe is for a small batch but can easily be doubled or tripled for your individual needs. )
- 12 whole cloves
- 1 or 2 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 allspice
- 3 whole cardamom pods
- 1 small piece of nutmeg
- dried orange/lemon peel or homemade dried orange/lemon zest
- optional – dried rose petals
- mortar and pestle
- potpourri bowl or small decorative bowl or aromatherapy pot
- Place all of your spices inside the mortar and pestle and lightly pound the spices. You only want to crush and break them up into smaller pieces not powder.
- Next combine with the rose petals and place inside a potpourri bowl or decorative bowl to display.
- Alternatively you can place the potpourri mix inside a potpourri or aromatherapy pot to burn. Done! just sit back and enjoy the lovely all natural fragrance as it fills your home. Ah now isn’t that relaxing.
5 Star Foodie says
How cool! I'm very excited to win, thank you so much!
Homemade Potpurri awesome.Love it and congrats for winner
My wife will love this homemade gift. Congratulations winner!!!
this is awesome~
Spicie Foodie says
Thank you all for your comments:)