aromas and fragrances
To make potpourris, sachets, herb pillows, etc., combine all the dry herbs first in a glass
bowl. Add any essential oils next, mixing with a spoon. Usually fixative powders are added
to "fix" and complement the aroma. Common fixatives are orris root, vetiver root, rose attar,
sandalwood, sweet flag, and ground cinnamon, and dried rosemary.
Sachets and herb pillows are made with the same ingredients as potpourris for the most part.
The primary difference is that sachets and herb pillows use finer ground herbs, and
those herbs are stuffed inside the sachet or herb pillow. An herb pillow is essentially a large
Herb pillows can be 7 x 7 inches or so, and are normally decorated with lace. They
make a nice aromatic addition to your bed, nested among your regular pillows.
For both sachets
and herb pillows use a fabric with a tight weave (silk
is ideal and very sensuous in its own right).
You can also use a some batting to stuff the sachet or pillow. A small pillow form can be used
to give the herb pillow its shape and softness.
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