Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
An apple a day helps keep the doctor away. One bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch. As American as apple pie. Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me. Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie; who is not ready, holler, “I”. An apple for the teacher.
We are not taking about computers, we are talking about fruit. Apples are very familiar to many people. Most everyone in the world has seen, eaten, or smelled apples. Apples are found in many shapes and colors; from the yellow Golden Delicious to the green Granny Smith, the red McIntosh, and all the way to the little crabapple.
You may remember in younger years the legend of taking an apple, and before eating it, you twisted the stem around while reciting the ABC’s. When the stem came off, the letter you were on was the first letter of the name of your future spouse. Did it work for you, or did you tear the stem off when it came to the letter you wanted?
Apple aromas vary by season. In the spring, you have the apple blossoms on the trees. The summer means fresh, cool, crisp salads with apples. Fall brings apples with the harvest for all manner of apple scents. At Yule or Christmastime, who hasn’t had an apple pie on hand? Apple fragrances are found in potpourri, candles, perfumes, bubble baths, soaps, home fragrance oils, essential oils, shampoos, crème rinses, and more.
Much loved and a favorite of most people, apples and apple fragrances should be around for many years to come. Apples have a fresh, crisp, clean scent and that gives it a universal appeal. To keep an apple scent around your house, here is a recipe for making an easy apple fragranced potpourri.
APPLE RING POTPOURRI
5 dried apple rings (broken or whole)
2 cinnamon sticks (broken or whole)
2 tablespoons whole cloves
2 tablespoons fresh orange zest
2 teaspoons nutmeg
5 drops of your favorite apple scented home fragrance oil
Chopstick or wooden spoon for stirring
Place first 5 ingredients into a lidded jar. This should fit into a mason jar. Stir the contents of the jar to blend.
Add the fragrance oil and stir again to distribute the fragrance evenly.
How to use the potpourri:
You can open the jar and let the air circulate the contents. Remember to refresh with your fragrance oil when the smell is no longer as strong as you would like it.
You could also place ½ cup of the potpourri into approximately 3 cups of boiling water and let it simmer on the stove. With this method, you will have to check the mixture every once in a while to make sure there is water at all times in the pan.