Category: History of Potpourri

A History of Potpourri [Part 5 of 7]

Potpourri in the Victorian Era [Part 5 of 7] In the centuries that followed, potpourri-making altered significantly.  Dried flowers and herbal ingredients, and oils could all be purchased at an apothecary store.  Along with the introduction of the steam distillation process for producing essential oils, pure essential oils also became more affordable and were readily… Read more »

A History of Potpourri [Part 4 of 7]

Potpourri in the 17th Century This post is the fourth in a seven-part series, A History of Potpourri.   We arrive in France. It’s the 17th century and the crafting of potpourri, the “rotten pot,” provides a popular accessory for home decor.  Potpourri-making was a process of layering fresh flowers and herbs with coarse salt which… Read more »

A History of Potpourri [Part 3 of 7]

Potpourri in Ancient Egypt, Middle Ages, and Early Renaissance [Part 3 of 7] This post is the third in a seven-part series on potpourri throughout history.  In this session, we’ll cover potpourri in Ancient Egypt, as well as during the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance.   Ancient Egypt Fragrant lavender, thyme and chamomile were… Read more »

A History of Potpourri (Part 2 of 7)

Scenting the Cave  This is the second blog post in a seven-part series on the history of potpourri. Though the remains of floral bouquets have been found in burial graves along with the bones of prehistoric people, we can only speculate about early Man’s use of preserved flowers and herbs to add or mask scent… Read more »

A History of Potpourri [Part 1 of 7]

Potpourri has been around since the beginning, satisfying our inner desire to decorate and make our shelter “home.” Join The Herb Lady on an adventure through time, and tune in weekly for the new series “A History of Potpourri.” “Potpourri,” from the French word for “rotten pot“ (“pot-” meaning “pot” and  “-pourri“ meaning “rotten“), is… Read more »