DIY: Homemade Potpourri with Essential Oils
Potpourri is an easy way to bring the essence of fall into your home. I love to have a bowl in the bathroom, near the sofa, near the computer desk, pretty much any space in the home.
I love to make my own potpourri because I know exactly what is in it, and I can use my favorite essential oils to scent it. I love knowing that we are breathing in non-toxic, healthy scents and not synthetic perfumes. I don’t know about you, but anything synthetic gives me a nasty headache.
It’s very easy to make your own potpourri. You don’t need any fancy ingredients, and most likely probably already have what you need in your kitchen spice cabinet. Simply gather some favorite spices and herbs, place them in a bowl, and add a few drops of essential oil for an amazing aroma.
Ingredient Recommendations for DIY Potpourri
Pick a few of these to use in your potpourri. You don’t need to have every single item in on the list. Choose what you have on hand, or what appeals to you most. Or substitute something similar. Any natural item will work. And if you want to add the whole shebang to your potpourri, by all means go for it!
Click each ingredient if you need stock up on that item at Amazon. Keep in mind that you won’t be using the entire container so you’ll have the item(s) on hand for future baking goodies or a future batch of potpourri.
- Dried Orange Peels– tip: save money and make your own!
- Star Anise
- Bay Leaves
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Vanilla Beans, cut into small pieces
- Cardamom Seeds
- Dried Apple Slices–another one that is easy to make on your own
- Candied Ginger
- Whole Cloves
- Whole All Spice
- Whole Nutmeg
Essential Oil Recommendations for DIY Potpourri:
Pick your favorite essential oil or create your own blend to enhance the smell of your potpourri. Here’s a few suggestions:
- Vanilla Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil (lavender and vanilla combined is heavenly!)
- Cinnamon Bark oil
- Cassia oil
- doTERRA On Guard®
- Vetiver oil
- Wild Orange oil
- Clove oil
- Ginger oil
- Cardamom oil
DIY Potpourri Instructions
- Place desired herbs and spices into a pretty container or bowl.Mix and assemble as desired.
- Add 3–5 drops of essential oil on top of potpourri. You can add more if desired. Start small so that you don’t accidentally over do it.You can always add more, but you can’t take it back.
Tip: After a couple weeks, the aroma will start to fade. Add a few more drops to revive it’s scent.
Potpourri Gift Giving Idea
Potpourri makes a great present to neighbors, friends, co-workers, and teachers during the holidays.
Just place in a decorative box with a bottle of essential oil like Wild Orange which smells fabulous and is inexpensive.
They will love the gift even more, knowing that it’s homemade by you!
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