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  1. happywoman

    happywoman Silver IL'ite

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    hi all,

    Can someone enlighten me about what potpourri is all about?
    I know its some decoration item but do not know how/where it is used.

    Give your decorative ideas,

    HWBow
     
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  2. vkrithika1

    vkrithika1 Gold IL'ite

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    hi,

    Potpourri is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, used to provide a gentle natural scent in houses. It is usually placed in a decorative wooden bowl, or tied in small bags made from sheer fabric.check this site.
    Potpourri - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I have seen people keeping them in living rooms and even it is kept in bathrooms& toilets for the fragrance and as a decorative item.
     
  3. Sowparnika

    Sowparnika Silver IL'ite

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    hi,
    pot pourri is an assortment of fragrant dried flowers and even barks or wood shavings of fragrant plants.fragrant oils are also added. u get a lot of synthetic ones also...

    it gives out a nice fragrance to the entire room where it is kept, but it works better and lasts longer in closed rooms...since you are in chennai,where we keep our windows open, it will be more effective if u use it in an ac room...

    u can get good pot pourri from a store called sixth sense in chennai.they have a very good collection. they have a store in sardar patel road, adyar. (i think they have one in spurtank road, chetpet too...am not sure) . or you can check in stores like landmark...

    rgds,
    sowpar
     
  4. Nandshyam

    Nandshyam IL Hall of Fame

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    Yep, I have them in living rooms and all the bathrooms. Its just so good and its all natural :)

    You can make your own. I am not sure where u are from, but here in NJ, there are lots of decorative stores, where u can choose the different mixes and create your own :mrgreen:

    Try it, you will fall in love !!
     
  5. ashukrishna

    ashukrishna Bronze IL'ite

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    hello friends...

    make our own
    Dry Potpourri:

    Select a theme for the scent such as woodland of country garden, and assemble paper-dry flowers and leaves. Gently combine the flowers and leaves, then mix the fixative with the spices and blend in with your hands. Sprinkle on essential oils if desired a drop at a time, stirring between each drop. Seal and store in a warm, dry, dark place for six weeks to “cure”. Display however you like. Enjoy!!!!

    Flyaway Potpourri: A sweet scented [COLOR=blue ! important][FONT=verdana,sans-serif][COLOR=blue ! important][FONT=verdana,sans-serif]insect [/FONT][COLOR=blue ! important][FONT=verdana,sans-serif]repellent[/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR].

    2 cups lavender flowers 1/4 cup pennyroyal
    1 cup rosemary 1/4 cup tansy
    1 cup southernwood 1/4 cup mugwort
    1/2 cup spearmint 1/4 cup cedar wood chips
    10 yellow tulips 3 tbsp orris root
    Soothing Potpourri: Useful for creating a calming atmosphere.

    2 cups lemon verbena 1 cup meadowsweet florets
    2 cups [COLOR=blue ! important][FONT=verdana,sans-serif][COLOR=blue ! important][FONT=verdana,sans-serif]rose[/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] petals 1 cup chamomile flowers
    1 cup lavender flowers 1 cup calendula petals
    1 oz angelica root 4 tbsp orris root


    Woodland Blend: Just like a walk in the woods.

    2 cups wild strawberry leaves 1/4 cup patchouli
    1 cup pine needles 1/4 cup rosewood
    1/2 cup violets 2 tbsp sweet violet root
    1/2 cup rosemary 3 drops cypress oil
    1/4 cup cedar wood chips 2 drops pine oil
    1 oz Oak moss


    (if u dnt get these, jus take any good smelling dry flowers, leaves barks.. sprinkle lavender oil,i aslo sprinkle scent of athar over old ones... it again gives their original smell.....other perfumed oil.. close it in air tight container leave it for 3 days.. thn feel the realy potpourri...

    you can also try tis yaar...
    cheers...
    ashu
     
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    puni88 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Thanks for tips Ashu!!

     
  7. Anuradha1234

    Anuradha1234 New IL'ite

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    Hi,
    I stay in Koramangala, Bangalore. Can anyone please suggest where can i get orris root for making potpourri.

    Thanks,
    Anu
     

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