Homemade Lavender Rose Potpourri

Makes about 8 cups

Making a batch of potpourri is a great way to preserve rose petals and memories. Fill sachets to scent drawers, or place potpouri in a bowl to add fragrance to a room.

Ingredients: 
  • Dried petals from 1 dozen Whole Trade Roses
  • Peel from 1 orange, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler and dried until crisp (at room temp for a few days, or at the lowest oven setting)
  • 1/2 cup dried lavender
  • 8 drops 365 Everyday Value 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil
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Method: 

Place dried rose petals in a large bowl and add orange peel and dried lavender. Sprinkle with lavender oil and toss gently. Transfer to one or more glass jars, seal and allow the aromas to blend for a day or two.
To dry the petals, try one of these methods:
Microwave Drying Rose Petals
Line a microwave-safe plate with a paper towel. Scatter about 1 1/2 lightly packed cups (about 2 small handfuls) of petals over the paper towel (don't crowd the plate or your petals will steam, not dry). Microwave for 1 minute intervals, stirring petals gently between intervals, until the petals are crisp, 2 to 5 minutes total. Place them on a large wire rack to cool for 1 to 2 hours.
Air Drying Rose Petals
Before removing the petals, clip off any wet portions of the rose stems and tie the stems together with string. Hang in a cool, dry place, like a closet or pantry, until the leaves toward the center of each bloom are crisp, 1 to 2 weeks. Remove petals and discard stems.

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