Spring Cleaning: Minty Fresh Sachet Blend

Many herbes and flowers with their fragrant sweet smels doe comfort, and as it were revive the spirits and perfume the whole house. John Parkinson, Paradisi in Sole, ­Paradisus Terrestris, 1629


Two pleasant sachet formulas that are perfect for the linen closet are Minty Fresh Sachet Blend and Spice Sachet Blend.

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Makes about 2½ quarts
Use this blend in drawers and closets, particularly where woolens and furs are stored. The bulk herbs absorb the oils and help fix and marry the fragrances. Sandalwood is one of my favorite fixatives, but because it is fairly expensive, I often substitute oakmoss (a lichen), patchouli, cedar, vetiver, frankincense, or myrrh. Whichever herbs you choose, dry them completely, then chop or crush them finely or powder them before blending.

  • 4 cups lavender flowers
  • 2 cups peppermint leaves
  • 2 cups rosemary leaves
  • 1 cup patchouli leaf
  • ½ cup whole cloves
  • ¼ cup thyme leaves
  • 5 drops essential oil of clove
  • 10 drops essential oil of white camphor
  • 20 drops essential oil of peppermint
  1. In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, mix together the lavender, peppermint, rosemary, patchouli, cloves, and thyme.
  2. Add the oils and stir well. Place the mix in a glass jar, cover, and age in a cool, dry, dark place for several weeks.
  3. Make sachets and fill with the herb blend.

Louise Gruenberg gardens as much as possible and cleans house as little as possible in Oak Park, Illinois. She writes and teaches about herbs.

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