Ancient Memories of Perfume: Khyphi

Try this ancient potpourri recipe based on historical texts.


| December/January 1994


An ancient, simmering potpourri.

  • 1 ounce sweet flag root
  • 1 ounce cloves
  • 1 ounce mastic
  • 1 ounce cassia bark
  • 1 ounce cinnamon bark
  • 1 ounce peppermint leaves
  • 1 ounce red cedar shavings
  • 1 ounce gold mimosa flowers
  • 1 ounce henna leaves
  • 1 ounce cut orris root
  • 1 ounce balm-of-Gilead buds
  • 1 ounce myrrh gum
  • Oil of rosewood

1. Chop the dry ingredients into small pieces, mix well, and add oil of rosewood drop by drop until the desired intensity of fragrance is obtained.

2. Place about 1 tablespoon of the mixture in 1/2 cup of water and heat over a candle flame in a simmering potpourri container of sturdy pottery or metal (or simmer in a pan on the stove).

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