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Potpourris: Some Commonly Asked Questions

Potpourri is one of the greatest ways to beautify and add a dash of colour to the stark mundane reality of our everyday lives. To define the term which might sound a bit complex to certain people on first hearing; ‘potpourri’ is a mix of various dried flower and plant parts which might also include dried barks and spices. Dried petals, leaves, seeds, cloves, cumin, nutmeg, lavender oil, jasmine essence etc. are some of the most common ingredients of most potpourris. They not only cheer you up and infuse new life into you after a hard day’s work, but also freshen up the atmosphere of the house and add fragrance to the wind. There are several FAQs (frequently asked questions) related to potpourris, some of which are described below:

How should potpourri be used?
The most common method of using potpourri is placing them in bowls and jars at different points of the room, and make sure that they’re at a place where they can be well visible to whoever enters the room. You can co-ordinate the colour of the container with the colour scheme of the room to make it seem brighter and livelier. A lot can be saved by substituting naphthalene with bags and satchels of dried flower petals or shrivelled cloves. You can also experiment with scents; some particular scents go more well with certain environments in comparison to others.

The Duration of the Scent—How Long would it Last?

This largely depends upon the ingredients chosen for the potpourri concoction. Scents can last from 2 months to year after year. Some scents are stronger than others and the whiff of those linger longer than the ones which quickly wear off. If one wants to keep the smell fresh and alive, then the best way to do is to use refresher oils with scents that match the scent of the particular potpourri in question. Also, it’s advisable to keep it away from sunlight and strong wind.

How to Keep Potpourri from Getting Soiled?

Most potpourri is preserved in a bone dry state. Some use scented water, but those are quite high-maintenance and require changing periodically to stop them from getting infected by fungi. The better and more economical option, therefore, would be to maintain potpourri in a strictly dry, and if possible, in a vacuumed container. The reason behind this is, if the plant parts are kept in an air-free container, then it would be difficult for them to contact moisture, and hence, no fungi would be formed over them.

What are Some of the Best Ingredients for Potpourri?

The answer is large and vast. Sola flowers bulk, lavender oil, jasmine extract, sandalwood, cinnamon, bell cups, lilies, hibiscus pods, pine cones, cedar base etc. are all suited to the purpose of making potpourri. Spices such as clove, cinnamon and cumin can also be of great use as they’d add to the durability and scent strength of the concoction. Overall, anything and everything is good for potpourri as long as it is of strict organic variety. 

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