It’s that time of year when I start to think about the wonderful aroma of the holidays. Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Citrus and the savory pine-like scent of Rosemary all top my list! What better time to start preparing for guests & gifts! I’ve never cared for the store bought Potpourri, it can be so strong and overpowering! It also smells very unnatural, and no telling the harsh chemicals it may contain! So I make my own Potpourri! It is incredibly easy & super fun to customize your mix! Using Young Living essential oils to boost the aroma you will have an absolute winner!
Besides making a lovely looking bowl for your table, bath, foyer, guest room, etc., you are reaping the benefits of the 100% pure essential oils! Potpourri (especially homemade) makes an affordable gift! Of course, the addition of a bottle of two of essential oils would make this gift even better! Great as hostess gifts and Make & Takes too!
How to make dried citrus for the potpourri bowl:
Slice each fruit 1/4″ thick, arrange in a single layer on parchment paper lined cookie sheets, bake at 200 for 2.5 – 3 hours or until the fruit is transparent and peels are dry. I prefer using a dehydrator (follow directions according to the manufacture). I must thank my good friend Judy for turning me onto dehydrating and all the possibilities it offers!
This recipe makes enough for 2 medium size bowls depending on amount of extras added:
- 5 Navel or Blood Oranges
- 8 Lemons
- 8 Limes
- Mix of decorative balls (I get mine at craft stores, UNSCENTED!)
- 1/4 Cup Dried Bay Leaves (I get mine at bulk store that you use for cooking)
- Approx. 12 sticks of cinnamon
- 8 twigs of fresh Rosemary (optional, I grow mine so always on hand!)
- Other suggestions to add; twigs, pinecones, star anise pods, vanilla bean, clove, whole nutmeg, nuts in shells, to name just a few!
Once citrus is dried and cooled, arrange desired items in bowl, and then add essential oils of your choice! Start with 3-4 drops of each oil, add more to your liking. It is highly recommended to drop the oil on the decorative balls, pinecones, twigs and avoid the fruit, it will rehydrate and will not last as long! Refresh as needed.
Glass jars make beautiful gift presentations, as do clear bags with pretty ribbons & tags!
Here are a few of my favorite essential oils combinations:
- Thieves & Orange
- Citrus Fresh & Idaho Balsam Fir
- Eucalyptus Radiata, Lime & Stress Away
- Christmas Spirit
- Cinnamon Bark & Rosemary
- Northern Lights Black Spruce & Tangerine
The choices are endless, let your creativity flow and have fun!!!