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Lemon Lavender Potpourri
1 cup lavender buds
1 cup lemon balm
1 cup lemon verbena
Several drops essential oil of lavender

Mix together all ingredients. Fill wide mouth glass jar ¾ full. Cover tightly and store in dark place to age for 2 weeks. When aged properly, fill sachet bags and use in drawers, closets or place in suitcases when traveling.

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Lemon Verbena Potpourri
1 cup lemon verbena
1 cup lemon balm
1 cup rosemary
1 Tablespoon lemon peel
4 drops of lemon verbena oil
Dried yellow and purple flowers, seeds etc. to add visual interest (optional)

Mix together all ingredients. Fill wide mouth glass jar ¾ full. Cover tightly and store in dark place to age for 2 weeks. When aged properly, fill decorative containers or sachet bags to scent rooms, drawers or closets.

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-Recipes courtesy of The New England Unit of The Herb Society of America.
‘Cinnamint’ Car Freshener

Ingredients:
1 cup cedar chips (look for these at the pet store!)

1 ½ cups dried spearmint or peppermint leaves, a combination of the two, or use any favorite mint

1 Tablespoon cinnamon pieces or cinnamon chips

1 Tablespoon cellulose fiber* mixed with 6 drops of spearmint or peppermint essential oil and 6 drops of cinnamon essential oil (optional)

*Cellulose fiber is a fixative made from dried corn cobs.

Age mixture for a week. Package in fabric bags. Add velcro to one side of bag and attach it to the back of your fabric car seat for an herbal car freshener. This makes a nice gift for a man.

Source: Rhonda Haavisto
Lemon Flavored Potpourri
The first two recipes feature lemon-scented herbs. Lemon balm adds texture and bulk in dried form, but most of the scent is lost when the leaves are dried. The lemon lavender potpourri is a favorite for making sachets to put in drawers and linen closets.
This one makes a great gift for "Dad"
Note: The preceding recipes call for dried herbs. Hang dry small bunches of herbs in a room with good ventilation, out of direct sunlight. Lemon peel can be dried on a paper plate
Scent the room with a spicy fragrance!
Spicy Kettle Potpourri

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. cloves, whole
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
1 Tbsp. allspice berries
1 Tbsp. nutmeg, ground
3 cinnamon sticks, broken up

Mix all ingredients together in a jar. Add 1 teaspoon of mixture to a quart of boiling water in a kettle on the stove. Turn to low heat. The simmering spices will scent the room.  Note: Add more water as needed.

Source: Lynn Hartman, Hartman's Herb Farm