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How to DIY Potpourri & Air Freshener

Making your own potpourri is so easy to do and can easily be tweaked for the season. The best part is you can use whatever dried fruit, citrus peels, flowers, whole spices that you desire. I love to keep leftover fruit scraps and flowers that have shriveled up for mine!

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You can use the potpourri as an air freshener in the home or on the go. I like to transfer them to satchels to hang them in the car, they also make great gifts for loved ones.

I've made a variety of mixtures from floral fusion to a destress and decongest blend. Today I'll be sharing how to make an autumn spice potpourri.

For the first part (or potion of this recipe) get some dried citrus peels and or slices. Depending on availability and cost, you can substitute this with dried acorns or dehydrated apples. Have fun and get creative

The next part of this recipe calls for dried whole spices. Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg are classics. Add in chunks of fresh if you'll be simmering this on the stove or dried for the satchels. Vanilla beans are super expensive but they will give a relaxingly, sensual vibe to the room.

Go ahead and mix these two together and add more or less to suit your preference. It should smell really enticing already but we are going to make it even stronger with the addition of essential oils.

I find it helpful to add in the essential oils of components that I already have in the recipe. In my opinion it helps their distinct aroma stand out more... Next add in any essential oil that you think will complement the overall scent you're going for. If you love it spicy: nutmeg, clove, ginger, allspice. If you want it more uplifting orange, lemon and even frankincense. You'll want to mix the blend thoroughly and sniff throughout this process.

Finally, this blend is ready to transfer to a storage container or stove top. I like to store these in satchel bags. If I'm not using them right away I will put them in cellophane that is sealed or add them to a mason jar with an airtight lid.

If you want to add it to the stove top, pot about a cup into a small pot and just cover with water. Simmer uncovered on the lowest heat setting, for me that's warm. Allow it to slowly heat up, we don't want it to burn or evaporate to quickly. Once they water starts to evaporate you can continue adding water one or two more additional times until all of the aromatic value is depleted. Once that happens, strain and dump the herbs in the compost. Enjoy!