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DIY Herb-Infused Potpourri: Plus 12 Recipes to Try

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In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it's easy to lose touch with the natural world around us. Yet, there's something deeply comforting about bringing a touch of nature indoors, especially when it comes to the ambiance of our living spaces. Enter herb-infused potpourri – a timeless and elegant way to introduce the scents of the earth into every room of your home. 


Potpourri, derived from the French word "pot-pourri" meaning "rotten pot," has evolved from its origins of simply masking odors to becoming a decorative and aromatic element in homes around the world. Traditionally, potpourri consists of dried flowers, herbs, spices, and essential oils, carefully curated to create a harmonious blend of scents.


What sets herbal potpourri apart is its focus on the natural fragrances of herbs and botanicals. Unlike synthetic air fresheners, which can contain harsh chemicals, this alternative offers a gentle and authentic aroma that not only refreshes the air but also uplifts the spirit. Creating DIY potpourri is a delightful endeavor that anyone can enjoy. Read below for 12 easy-to-make botanical recipes that you can blend at home!


bowls of dried herbs and flowers

The Art

To begin, gather an assortment of dried herbs and botanicals. Lavender, Rosemary, Star Anise, and citrus peels are popular choices for their pleasing scents and aesthetic appeal. Experiment with different combinations to find the perfect blend for your home.


Once you've selected your herbs, it's time to infuse them with fragrance. This can be done using essential oils, though for a truly natural approach, consider using a method known as "enfleurage." Enfleurage involves placing dried herbs in a container with a neutral carrier oil (jojoba, almond, coconut, etc) and allowing them to steep for several weeks. This process gently extracts the aromatic compounds, resulting in a beautifully scented oil that can be used to enhance your potpourri.


Next, add additional elements to enhance its visual appeal and texture, such as dried flowers, pinecones, and cinnamon sticks. Get creative and incorporate elements that reflect your personal style and the aesthetic of your home.


Once you've assembled your ingredients, it's time to mix them together in a large bowl. Use your hands to gently toss the ingredients, allowing the scents to mingle and blend. As you work, take a moment to appreciate the beauty and fragrance of the natural materials you're working with – there's something truly magical about connecting with nature in this way.


a bowl of DIY potpourri

The Benefits

Beyond its delightful aroma and aesthetic appeal, herb-infused potpourri offers a range of benefits for both mind and body. First and foremost, the natural scents of herbs and botanicals have been used for centuries to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. Lavender, for example, is renowned for its calming properties, while citrus scents are known to uplift and energize.


By incorporating these natural fragrances into your home, you can create a soothing and rejuvenating environment that promotes a sense of balance and harmony. Additionally, herbal potpourri serves as a safe and eco-friendly alternative to synthetic air fresheners and candles, which can release harmful chemicals into the air. By choosing natural ingredients, you can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy without exposing yourself or your loved ones to potentially harmful substances.


The Embrace

Once you've crafted your herb-infused potpourri, it's time to enjoy its delightful fragrance throughout your home. There are countless ways to incorporate potpourri into your décor:

1. Display it in a decorative bowl: Place a bowl of potpourri on your coffee table, mantel, or entryway table for an instant burst of fragrance and visual interest.

2. Use it in sachets: Fill small sachets with potpourri and place them in drawers, closets, or under pillows to infuse your linens with a subtle, refreshing scent.

3. Create potpourri sachet favors: For special occasions such as weddings or parties, fill small sachets with potpourri and give them as favors to your guests. Jars of hand-crafted potpourri also makes wonderful holiday and birthday gifts! Your loved ones will appreciate the thoughtful gesture and the delightful fragrance.

4. Refresh it regularly: Over time, the scent of your potpourri may fade. To keep it smelling fresh, simply give it a gentle shake or add a few drops of enfleurage/essential oil to revive the fragrance.


containers of dried herbs

The Essence

Here are 12 of our favorite botanical recipes you could try in your potpourri blends. These measurements are just estimated-- increase/decrease as you like and have fun with it! Combine all the dried herbs and flowers in a large bowl. Add a few drops of a complimenting enfleurage/essential oil (if using any-- totally optional) and mix well. Store the mixture in an airtight container for at least a week to allow the scents to blend before displaying in a decorative bowl or sachets.


1. Fruity Garden Blend:

   - 1/2 cup dried Peach Blossoms

- 1/2 cup dried Rose buds

- 1/4 cup dried Osmanthus flowers

   - 1/4 cup dried Pomegranate Peel, chopped 

   - 1/4 cup dried Mango slices, chopped


2. Sacred Sanctuary:

   - 1/2 cup dried Egyptian Blue Lotus flowers

   - 1/2 cup dried Sacred White Sage leaves

   - 1/4 cup dried Star Anise pods

   - 1/4 cup dried Frankincense resin tears

   - 1/4 cup dried Myrrh resin tears


3. Tropical Paradise:

   - 1/2 cup dried Pineapple chunks

   - 1/2 cup dried Roselle Hibiscus flowers

   - 1/4 cup dried Lemongrass

   - 1/4 cup dried Ginger root, chopped

   - 1/4 cup dried Coconut flakes


4. Relaxation Blend:

   - 1/2 cup dried Rose petals

   - 1/2 cup dried Jasmine buds

   - 1/4 cup dried Lemon Balm leaves

   - 1/4 cup dried Lavender buds

   - 1/4 cup dried Chamomile buds


herbs for diy potpourri

5. Woodland Harmony:

   - 1/2 cup dried Pine needles

   - 1/2 cup dried Roselle Hibiscus flowers

   - 1/4 cup dried Star Anise pods

   - 1/4 cup dried Hawthorn berries

   - 1/4 cup dried Licorice root, chopped


6. Summer Garden:

 - 1/2 cup dried Lemon Verbena leaves

 - 1/2 cup dried Rose buds

   - 1/4 cup dried Mint leaves

   - 1/4 cup dried Lavender buds

- 1/4 cup dried Mandarin Orange peel, chopped


7. Zen Garden Blend:

   - 1/2 cup dried Magnolia flowers

   - 1/2 cup dried Rosemary leaves

   - 1/4 cup dried Chamomile buds

   - 1/4 cup dried Lemongrass

   - 1/4 cup dried Lavender buds


8. Autumn Harvest:

   - 3/4 cup dried Apple Blossoms

   - 1/4 cup dried Cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces

   - 1/4 cup dried Mandarin Orange peel, chopped

   - 1/4 cup dried Rosemary leaves

   - 1/4 cup dried Clove buds

potpourri herbs for autumn

9. Spiced Citrus Delight:

   - 1/2 cup dried Mandarin Orange peel, chopped

   - 1/2 cup dried Lemon Verbena leaves

   - 1/4 cup dried Cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces

   - 1/4 cup dried Osmanthus flowers

   - 1/4 cup dried Clove buds


10. Winter Wonderland:

   - 1/2 cup dried Rosemary leaves

   - 1/2 cup dried Pine needles

   - 1/4 cup dried Mandarin Orange peel, chopped

   - 1/4 cup dried Clove buds

   - 1/4 cup dried Cranberries


11. Exotic Oasis:

   - 1/2 cup dried Egyptian Blue Lotus flowers

   - 1/2 cup dried Peach Blossoms

- 1/4 cup dried Sacred White Sage leaves

   - 1/4 cup dried Pomegranate Peel, chopped

   - 1/4 cup dried Mango slices, chopped


12. Spring Awakening

   - 1/2 cup dried Jasmine buds

   - 1/2 cup dried Honeysuckle buds

   - 1/4 cup dried Mint leaves

   - 1/4 cup dried Lemon Verbena leaves

   - 1/4 cup dried Rose petals



In a world that often feels chaotic and disconnected, there's something deeply comforting about surrounding ourselves with the sights, scents, and textures of the natural world. By crafting your own herb-infused potpourri, you not only bring a touch of nature into your home but also infuse your space with the timeless beauty and wisdom of the earth. Enjoy experimenting with different aromatic herbs and botanicals to create your own unique blends. So go ahead – embrace the art of making potpourri and let the fragrance of nature fill your home with warmth and vitality.


dried herbs for making potpourri

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