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10 Best Herbs For Making Potpourri

What Herbs Can I Use To Make Potpourri?


When making potpourri, use herbs that are either highly scented, to help create your signature blend, or use them to provide the filler or bulk. Either way, herbs are a lovely addition to any homemade potpourri mix. These herbs will provide aromatic leaves when dried. Break them up to enjoy the scent within.

1. Basil

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Is there anything basil can't do? Allowing the leaves to dry in gentle or no heat, can render them crispy but still fragrant. Try any of the spicier varieties as well as the standard sweet scent. If your leaves do turn black, the leaves can still be included, if the color isn't an issue.

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2. Bay

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Bay covers many bases when it comes to potpourri: It makes a lovely addition with the large greenish gray leaves, it also fill up some of the much needed bulk, and the scent is spicy and deep - perfect as a backdrop for many scents. Try to add your basil in the next potpourri mix you invent. You won't be disappointed!

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3. Lemon Balm

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One thing about lemon balm, the lemony scent certainly shines through any mixture it is added to. With potpourri, this lemony scent is a much needed boost, when deep scents seem to prevail.

Using lemon balm in scents that are meant to calm and freshen - like in an entryway or child's room, is a great idea.

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4. Mint

Mint is a must have when making potpourri! With dozens and dozens of varieties, you will be able to find a nice selection of scents for any mix.

Try using mints in your potpourri that is refreshing and uplifting. The bathroom or dressing area is a good place. If you have a student in your home, try using some strong mints and may be some rosemary - to increase the effectiveness of all that studying. From sweet to spicy, there is a mint variety that will work well in your potpourri blends.

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5. Patchouli

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Patchouli is one of those misunderstood scents. People assume they either love it or hate it. The truth is, patchouli adds a depth that is unmatched, to almost any scent blend.

If you can't grow it where you live, order the whole leaf online. Especially if you think it is too strongly scented, using the leaves might surprise you. They do have that classic scent, but on a much lighter note than the oil usually has.

Personally, I grow patchouli in Zone 5A, as an annual. I have had great luck buying the plants from one of my favorite suppliers, offers flats of plants. Once you grow it on your own, you will appreciate the heavenly scent in a whole, new way.

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6. Rosemary

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Rosemary is a fine addition to your potpourri blend. The scent lasts for years, and the resinous notes really wake up an overall mix.

I use rosemary in my potpourri mixes that I place on my children's desks in their study space. It also makes for a clearer head, when I am doing bills or writing my next article, so these locations always contain a blend with rosemary as an ingredient.

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7. Sage

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Sage lends a smoky scent to your potpourri blend. The leaves also retain their fragrance for a long time, needing only a quick stir once in a while, to refresh them.

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8. Tarragon

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French tarragon is a lovely addition to your potpourri blends. It has a light scent and the long, thin leaves add a pop of color.

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9. Thyme

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Thyme is that scent that holds up the others. It never overpowers the blend, yet keeps the sweetness in balance.

Try using some lemon thyme with rosemary, and see if it wakes up the room! I add short stems of thyme, to keep the leaves from falling to the bottom of the bowl right away.

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10. Sweet Marjoram

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Sweet marjoram is spicy and yes, it is sweet. Combine it with lemony and light herbal scents, to create a more well rounded combination. I find that sweet marjoram holds it scent unless exposed to light. Keep this blend in an out of the way place, or covered, if your sweet marjoram is playing a prominent role.

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