For centuries, small fragrance sachet of dried herbs and flowers have been used to keep clothes and linen smelling sweet and free from moths.
All the ingredient in the mixture must be dry before using in the fill.
The basic ingredient of fragrance sachet are herbs and flowers plus a selection of spice, dried orange, dried lemon peel, orris root powder and essential oils.
Suitable leaves are : alecost, basil, bay, bergamot, hyssop, lemon balm, lemon verbena, various mint, scented geranium, rosemary, tansy, thyme, tarragon.
Suitable flowers are : acacia, jasmine, rose, narcissus, carnations, orange blossom, wallflowers, lily of the valley.
Because of their strong aroma, spices, citrus peels and roots should be used sparingly in this scented sachets. A proportion about 1 tbsp of ground spice, citrus peel and roots to 50 g of flower and leaves is advised.
Suitable spices are : allspice, aniseed, cinnamon, cloves, dill seed, vanilla pods, juniper, nutmeg, ginger, dried peel of citrus fruits, roots of angelica, cowslip, valerian.
In order to make homemade sachets longer lasting it is necessary to add fixative powder. Orris root powder is the most popular one. Its sweet violet scent does not strongly affect the aroma of a mixture. Use about 1 tbsp per 25 g of blended flowers and herbs.
Essential oils are ideal to add strength and depth the fragrance of the sachets. They also can be used to revive an old mixture which has lost its scent. Add only a few drops to each mixture or it will over power the existing fragrance.
This fresh and spicy mixture is ideal for scenting clothes, sheets,towels and also can be drawer sachets.
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This sweet rose sachet has a soft, luxurious scent for placing amongst your personal linen and summer clothes.
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Sewing expert Linda Lee uses alternating colors of silk organza and potpourri to create fragrance sachets.
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Tip: Pin the pockets shut after filling to hold them closed while sewing edges. Sew edges closed.
By Linda Lee, owner of www.sewingworkshop.com
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