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An Introduction to Potpourri: Day Seven

While there really is no limit at all to the natural materials that you grow or collect for use in potpourri making, it can be difficult to start from scratch without a clear sense of direction. This guide will help to give you an idea of the most popular materials and the roles that they play in potpourri creation.

PRIMARY FLOWERS & HERBS
The largest amount of material and the main base of your potpourri will be established with the use of primary flowers and/or herbs. Choosing the proper ingredients at this stage will make all the difference as far as the aroma and strength of your final mixture. For example, using lavender as your main ingredient will produce potpourri that has a distinct lavender aroma at its base no matter the secondary ingredients you use.

The primary and secondary aromatic flowers and herbs create the base of your mixture; however they cannot be used alone. Because the desired fragrance is stored in the leaves, stems, flowers and roots of your materials, the drying process can cause the oils to evaporate quickly. Added materials help to retain the aroma and make for the longest-lasting potpourri possible.

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