Monday, April 23, 2007

Tranquil Lavender Potpourri


Lavender bud improves with time. Somehow the aging process enhances the fragrance. New lavender will be blooming by June in my garden --- and I still have some of last year's bud to use. So, I found this recipe with plans to mix up a batch of fragrant batch of lavender potpourri. I have everything on hand except the orris root. I'll blend everything together except the orris root and lavender essential oil. . . and when the orris root arrives, add them in. Here's the recipe:

Tranquil Lavender Potpourri

4 cups lavender bud, dried
2 cups rose petals, dried
1 cup mixed culinary herbs of choice (oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, sage)
1 cup spearmint
1/2 cup southernwood*
1/4 cup chopped orris root mixed with 1 tsp. lavender essential oil

Combine all the ingredients and stir gently. Place mixture in a glass jar and cover with a lid. Allow to blend for 4 - 6 weeks. Then, display in a pretty jar or in sachet bags or sacks.

*Southernwood is 'Artemisia abrotanum', a type of wormwood. If not available, it can be omitted from the recipe. It adds a camphor-type odor and is used frequently as a natural air freshener. May substitute with another variety of artemisia if desired.

6 comments:

  1. That's sounds interesting, thanks for the recipe! I love lavender and you might know from my blog that I sewed lots of hearts that I stuffed with lavender at the beginning of this year.

    Now, I have no time for sewing - there's so much to do in the garden... ;-))

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  2. everytime I see anything lavendar I think of you. . ..smile.

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  3. I sure do wish you lived next door!

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  4. After reading your informative posts on lavendar, I need to "renew" mine. It needs dividing and grass pulled out. Maybe I should do a before and after picture. the recipe sounds great to try.

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  5. This sounds a lovely pot pourri recipe, I love anything with lavender. The southernwood is a scent I like too though many people don't. I enjoy the rather sharp lemony smell, it's a good moth herb too. I think I shall invest in more lavender plants this year.

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  6. I love lavender.
    Lavender wands are also fun to make.
    To make,you simply get a bundle of lavender sprigs(about 5-7) and tie a string around the base of the flowers.
    Then pull down the stems around the flowers.
    Place a pretty ribbon around the stems to hold in place.

    Hope that makes sense. You have probobly made them before if not something close to them.

    Toodles!

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