Simply fill a sachet with dried* Milkweed OR Chrysanthemum OR Marigold flowers. Close and tie up the sachet, done! Use in your sock, undies, lingerie, etc. drawer, anywhere you want to add a hint of scent and discourage moth and bugs.
*To dry flowers, wait 2 days until the last time it has rained. Pinch off the flowers or use scissors. Lay the flowers on mesh screens in a dehydrator or spread out on newspaper. When dry, store the flowers in paper bags or clean mason jars.
Yes, Lavender is commonly used in sachets to add fragrance and to repel moths and insects. But how about these sweetie flowers, which are probably growing in your garden? They do make lovely companion plants for repelling insects, so why not add them to your unmentionables drawer for the same effect (i.e., repel bugs), plus add a bit of scent. There are quite the varieties of 'mums, mind you, so some smell nicer than others. Calendula or pot Marigold also has many types, so use what you have or what you prefer.
As for common Milkweed, she's a wild one, often growing in open fields with a bunch of her other Milkweed friends. She has a milky white sap all through her stem, so be sure you pinch the flowers as close to the base as you can. If there's a bit of milky latex, don't worry about it, it'll dry up. Just leave the flowers to dry on mesh screens in the dehydrator or spread out on newspaper.
As always, enjoy :)
First, make an infused oil with the Chrysanthemum flowers: place flowers in a mason jar (size of jar will depend upon how many flowers you have), and pour olive oil to the top of the jar. Put on lid and screw cap and let sit 6 weeks. Strain out oil using a sieve (line it with an unbleached coffee filter first) and pour into sterilized amber jars. Now pour this oil into glass roll on bottles and add 8-12 drops Ylang-ylang essential oil per bottle. Roll oil over pulse points for a delicate scent.
NB. An alternative way to strain out the oil: place a small clean funnel in a glass roll-on bottle. Line a sieve with a coffee filter and hold in place over the funnel. Pour the herby oil into the sieve. The oil will drip down into the bottle. Repeat process with other bottles. To each bottle, add in 8-12 drops Ylang-ylang essential oil.
This is an exclusive recipe! Have you ever seen Chrysanthemum oil?? I haven't! When I checked online, 'mum oil is said to be used as an insecticide in Japan. Hm, strange. I got this idea to make 'mum into an oil from 'mum herself! Yes, that's what happens when you start working with plants, who are living beings. They tell you things.
And when I smelled 'mum, I thought, mmm, this would make a lovely perfume, so she told me to go for it! Now, there are MANY different types of 'mums, so some have more scent than others.
My infused oil was quite delicate in scent, and funny enough, reminded me of Marigold oil, which is antibacterial. In any case, I got the idea to add in a very delicate scent to complete the final product. Ylang-ylang is delicate, no doubt ;)
Feel free to use less drops or more, as you prefer. You can also experiment with this recipe and use other essential oils, and you can even turn this perfume oil into a solid perfume by adding in beeswax or candelilla wax (see Here about making a salve) and then pouring into metal tins.
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