DIY: Homemade Potpourri with Essential Oils

diy 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.

Essential Oil Recommendations for DIY Potpourri:

bottle of doterra wild orange with sliced oranges

Pick your favorite essential oil or create your own blend to enhance the smell of your potpourri.  Here’s a few suggestions:

DIY Potpourri Instructions

DIY Potpourri with essential oils instructions
  1. Place desired herbs and spices into a pretty container or bowl.Mix and assemble as desired.
  2. 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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About The Author

Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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