Homemade lavender potpourri can be used in crafts, as a natural scent for your home or as a unique gift your friends will love. Lavender potpourri is easy to make with just a few ingredients and the lavender flowers from your garden.
Some lavender varieties have a stronger scent than others such as the English Hidcote and Munstead but all varieties including Italian lavender will produce a good scent.
It is best to pick lavender heads when they begin to flower then dry inside to preserve the most scent. Always keep your dried flowerheads in an airtight container or jar until ready to use in your potpourri.
See this guide to Air Drying Lavender.
Lavender potpourri smells wonderful on its own but you can add an equal amount of dried rose petals for an English garden aroma.
The oil is optional as the lavender will have a strong smell on its own however the lavender oil will increase the aroma and make the smell last longer. The orris powder is also optional but it will also help to preserve the smell and color of the flowers for longer.
Tools and Materials Needed
- Paper Towel
- Rolling Pin
- Measuring Cup
- Airtight Container
- 1 Teaspoon of Orris Root Powder to 1 Cup of Dried Flowers (Optional) – This Starwest Botanicals Organic Orris Root Powder is highly rated. (Paid link)
- 1 to 2 Drops Lavender Oil (Optional)
How to Make Lavender Potpourri
- Crush the Dried Blooms
Place the dried lavender flowerheads on the paper towel in a single layer then cover with another towel. Roll the rolling pin over the top. This will help to crush the flowers.
- Dislodge the Blooms
Rub each flowerhead between your fingers over a measuring cup.
- Add the Orris Root Powder
Depending on the amount you have in the measuring cup measure out the required orris root powder then stir through the dried blooms. For ½ cup of blooms use ½ teaspoon of powder.
- Add Lavender Oil
Place a drop or two of lavender oil on the blooms then rub through with your fingers.
Store in an airtight container until ready to use. It is a good idea to leave the lavender potpourri for a few days to let the scent of the oil infuse. Another few drops of lavender oil can be added after a few months to extend the life of the potpourri.
A Word on Lavender Oil
The best lavender oil you can buy is essential lavender oil which is 100% lavender oil. It is also quite expensive. For potpourri lavender oil essence which is part lavender oil is considerably cheaper and will still give you a boost in scent. For aromatherapy it is always best to go with the 100% lavender oil.
This 100% Lavender Oil from Artizen can be used therapeutically, is highly rated and great value. (Paid link)
Using Homemade Lavender Potpourri
Lavender potpourri can be placed into satchels, tied with a ribbon then place in your clothes drawer. Attach a ribbon to the satchel then hang from a bedroom door for a wonderful aroma in your bedroom or simply open the storage jar in your living room to let the aroma drift into the air.
Homemade potpourri satchels make great practical gifts or thank you presents. Use material from old clothes you no longer wear. Mesh or satin fabrics from old formal dresses work well and will save you money. See this guide to making Lavender Satchels.
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