Make a beautiful air freshener from the beautiful flowers and herbs growing in your garden. We have the pre-Winter roses all in bloom, and some fresh scented Pelargoniums, as well as lots of herbs. I love the smell of all these plants and wanted to capture the smell to use in the house, especially over winter when the garden isn't as full of scent!
There are many different ways to make your own perfumes at home, but one of the easiest is this way.
WHAT YOU NEED
- petals and scented leaves (freshly picked)
- cheapest you can find Vodka
- Large jar with a silicon seal lid
- Cloth to strain the liquid
- Dark spray top bottle
- Pick the petals and leaves that you wish to make your perfume from, pick the healthiest looking that are full of fragrance, knock off any ants and other insects that may be hanging out on the plants!
- Put them on a paper towel just to dry off a bit, (we are not drying the plant life here, just drying off any dew)
- Place the plant pieces into a large clean dry jar using a wooden spoon or similar, push the plants down to squish them up a bit. ( I used fresh mint, scented pelargonium, and rose petals)
- Add enough vodka to cover all the plants
- Put the lid on and place the jar in a cool dark spot for a few days
- After it has sat for a few days, add some more fresh petals and scented leaves, mush them down a bit, and top of the vodka if needed
- Again place the jar in a dark cool place
- After a few weeks take the jar and strain it through a fine cloth (muslin cloth or even a 'Chux' cloth will work)
- Once the liquid is strained so that there are no large vegetation blops left in it, pour it into a dark spray topped bottle, so the bottle is filled half way
- Add some boiled (and cooled) water to fill the bottle up
You have some gorgeous garden fresh room freshener!!!
Left overs of the infused plants can be strained and kept in a dark sealed jar in a cool place.
As the aromatic oils from the plants have been drawn out with basically pure alcohol, this will keep for at least three months, even more!
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