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Herb Basics: Lemon Potpourri

By The Herb Companion staff
November/December 2001
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Fresh lemon balm gives this homemade potpourri it's clean, crisp scent.


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This lemon potpourri is a great way to scent your home naturally. Sachets of homemade potpourri also make thoughtful holiday gifts. Before following the recipe below, you’ll need to make a mixture of 4 ounces of powdered orrisroot (Iris spp.) and 1/2 fluid ounce of essential oil. (In the recipe below, you’ll need to make three separate orrisroot mixtures.) Mix the orrisroot and oil in a small screw-top jar and let it sit for a couple of days, shaking occasionally; it is then ready to use in the recipe.

  • ½ cup lemon verbena leaves
  • ½ cup lemon balm leaves
  • ½ cup lemon thyme leaves
  • 1 cup lemon and orange peel, dried and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon bay leaves, crumbled
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons lemon essential oil/orrisroot mixture
  • 2 tablespoons neroli essential oil/orrisroot mixture
  • 1 tablespoon mint essential oil/orrisroot mixture
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and place the mixture in a large jar with a lid.
  2. Put the lidded jar in a dark place for two to four weeks, shaking occasionally to help the mixing process.


Source: Sheen, Joanna. Herbal Gifts. London: Ward Lock, 1991.








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