Here are some of our favorite, easy to make, DIY, aromatherapy recipes using therapeutic pure essential oils.

A homemade inhaler, that is very easy to stick in a pocket or purse is made by simply saving an empty chap stick tube. Wash out with hot soap and water to remove all traces of chap stick and let air dry. Next put a piece of cotton in the inhaler and measure the drops of essential oils for your blend directly on the cotton. You can use just one eo, or your favorite blend with this.

A Lemon and Ylang Ylang scented mineral bath

A delight for the senses. Not too relaxing, and not too energizing, this aroma awakens your senses with a clean, sweet fragrance. Mix together two tablespoons of sea salt, one tablespoon of baking soda and 1 1/2 teaspoons of borax. Add four drops ylang ylang and six drops lemon essential oils and mix well. Pour the mixture into the bath under running water. Make sure the salts are completely dissolved and the oils evenly dispersed throughout the water. Tip: A few drops of lavender will make this blend more balancing.

Aromatherapy Play Dough-Gluten Free

This is easy to make and fun for the kids!

Ingredients 1/4cup cornstarch 1/4cup brown rice flour 1/4cup salt 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2cup water 1/2teaspoon essential oil 1/2- 1 teaspoon natural food coloring *(derived from vegetables and plants, and can be found at most Whole Foods and health food stores) 1/2- 1 teaspoon dried herbs or tea (optional)


In a small saucepan add the rice flour, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring on low heat. Mix until ingredients form a ball. Immediately remove from heat and mix in essential oil. Knead in dried herbs or tea Repeat recipe using different colors and essential oil scents and herbs. Store in a plastic bag or airtight container.


This blend is for relaxation and stress relief. It will induce a deep relaxation of the tissues, muscles and joints, and re-establish a good energy balance.

Blend the following essential oils into one ounce of carrier oil of your choice; Massage as desired. May also be used as a bath oil.

3 drops Lavender 3 drops Tangerine 3 drops Marjoram 1 drop Chamomile

A Scented Bath

Relaxing in a warm scented bath induces alpha brain waves, which enhance concentration and are more likely to trigger intuition than the rapid beta waves we experience throughout our normal day. Researchers agree that intuitive thoughts come suddenly and usually when we're relaxing. Enjoy!

Blend to Control Pet Odor

Try this natural and aromatic spray. Pour the essential oils into a 1-oz spray bottle filled with water. Shake very vigorously several times before each use. Spray directly onto your dog, holding the bottle about 10 inches from him. Avoid spraying on the head and eyes.

10 drops Lavender

 10 drops Geranium

  6 drops Lemon

 From Aromatherapy for Animals, Part 1: Healing Blends for Dogs by Fransoise Rapp

 Bath Mush

 1/4 cup aloe gel (the pure kind from the health food store)

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup sea or rock salt

1/4 cup heavy cream or powdered milk

2 t. jojoba oil (optional)

5 drops essential oil


Sounds like a gooey mess, doesn't it? But it works wonders on your skin. It leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. This is a blend made right before the bath. I guess it could be stored in the refrigerator for abut a week, but that sounds a little yucky to me. All measurements are approximate since I usually just "eyeball" it. You have to stir it well when you pour it into the bath water to make it disperse, but it's worth it.

Rosemary Mist

Brace yourself This sense-stimulating mist is a superb post-shower, after you've toweled off but skin is still a bit damp. In spray bottle place 5 ounces distilled water, 1 tsp olive oil, 6 drops rosemary essential oil and 1 sprig fresh rosemary. Shake well to mix -- spritz on as desired.

Eucalyptus oil

An effective analgesic and often used to relieve muscle, nerve and joint pain. Apply a massage oil to the affected area before a warm bath,then massage the area again after your bath. I like a blend of Lavender and Eucalyptus for even better results. When massaging small areas like a shoulder you can double the amount of essential oils used. ex. 20-30 drops per 1 oz. carrier oil

Essential Oils for Cold and Flu

Here are the some of the best choices in anti viral oils.

Ravansara, Eucalyptus Radiata and Tea Tree

They help fight viral infections and support the immune system. Mix 10 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil and massage upper chest and back. or Place 3 drops on a tissue and inhale, pause and inhale again.

Essential Oils for Congestion

Eucalyptus Globulous, Eucalyptus Radiata,Rosemary, Lavender Spike and Tea Tree.

They loosen congestion, help fight viral and bacterial infections while lifting the spirits. Mix 10 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil and massage upper chest and back. or Place 3 drops on a tissue and inhale, pause and inhale again.


Cold and Flu Fighter 

4 drops Sweet Eucalyptus unrectified is best

4 drops Scotch Pine

 3 drops Lemon

Add to a large bowl of steaming water. Covering your head lean over the bowl and inhale deeply for 2-5 minutes. May also be added to a diffuser or vaporizer. For Children Use Eucalyptus Smithi, a mild Eucalyptus for children and the elderly.


Essential Oils for Headache

Peppermint, Lavender, Roman Chamomile

Put 1 drop of essential oil on each temple and at the nape of the neck. or mix 5 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Peppermint into 1 Tablespoon carrier oil or lotion and massage neck and shoulders.


Essential Oils for Body Aches

Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sweet Marjoram

Help to soothe aches and pains. Mix 10 drops of essential oil in 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil or lotion and massage areas of discomfort.


Why not try these for Valentines Day

Ylang Ylang Chocolates Essential oils can be infused into chocolates or any other sweets by placing the loose chocolates in a box then adding a piece of absorbent paper to which you have placed 1 drop of Ylang Ylang. Cover and let sit until absorbed, a few days should do it. Try other oils like Orange or Mandarin for a different twist.


Cellulite Blend

This mixture stimulates circulation.


Eucalyptus Citriodora 2 ml


Lemon 2 ml


Cedarwood 2ml


Sage 2ml


Cypress 2 ml


Niaouli 2ml


in 100 ml Hazelnut oil


Apply 2-3 times per days for 30 days. 

Holiday Bookmarks

If you're giving a book as a holiday gift why not add a bookmark to which you've added a few drops of essential oils. Try to choose something that will appeal to most folks like Orange or maybe a blend of Lavender and Tangerine. The Orange is great for kids. Create a bookmark for students adding oils to help them study, Peppermint, Rosemary and Basil will help keep them alert. Add a bottle of the essential oil so they can refresh their bookmark. Maybe spice oils for a cookbook. The possibilities are endless.


Here's a great Holiday Bath Salt recipe.


Ingredients include:


2 C epsom salts


1/2 C sea salt


4-6 drops peppermint oil,


2-3 drops red food coloring


Place 1 C of epsom salt and 1/4 C sea salt in a bowl.


Add 2-3 drops peppermint oil.


Place the remaining ingredients in a second bowl.


Mix all ingredients well.


Layer the red and white salts in a clear bottle or jar.


I placed the lid on the jar and then put a paper doily over the lid, tied a red ribbon and a candy cane around the lid/doily. With the red and white layering, it makes an attractive presentation. Since peppermint is an energizing scent perhaps it's a good one to use at this busy time of year.


Christmas Ginger Cookies

Add 3 drops of Ginger essential oil per batch of cookies. This tip from The Aromatherapy Book by Jeanne Rose


Fall & Holiday Blends

Frankincense is a great essential oil to use this time of year however it is best used in a blend with other oils as it's scent will remind you of being in church! Use 1 drop of Frankincense with perhaps Orange (Clementine would be great!) and Spruce ( Pine or Fir). Add some spice oils, Cinnamon, Nutmeg or Clove. Experiment with other oils. Use in a diffuser or aroma lamp.


Menstrual cramps respond to essential oils especially when used in a warm bath with Epsom and Sea Salt.


Essential Oils useful for cramps are:








Carrot Seed




Clary Sage
















Here's a recipe from Valerie Cooksley

5 drops Lavender 2 drops Cypress 2 drops Nutmeg 2 drops Peppermint add to bath salts, soak for 20 min. Rest afterwards, elevating your legs.



2 oz.Green Tea

5 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Geranium essential oil

Mix up this bottle of tea and essential oils to balance the pH of your skin after cleansing. It's easy... it's cooling... and it leaves your skin feeling refreshed! Place the ingredients in a glass bottle. Essential oils do not dissolve in water or tea so be sure to shake this mixture well before each use to make sure the essential oils are dispersed. Use a cotton pad to apply to face and neck area after cleansing. Yum!!

Bath Melts

2 parts cocoa butter

2 parts baking soda

1 part citric acid

powdered herbs

color (optional)

EO(s) or FO(s) (your preference)

Melt the cocoa butter add EO(s) and color if you wish. then add powdered ingredients, stir then pour into molds. Let sit in fridge or freezer until set then pop out of molds and let sit for a day or two. Fragrant Bath Fizzies

1 cup baking soda

1 /2 cup cornstarch

1 /2 cup citric acid

15 drops essential oil

food color, 10 drops (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add food coloring to a small amount of the mix in a separate bowl. Add colored mix to remaining mix and blend. Mist the salts with a mister enough so that they hold together but not enough to start fizzing. Pack these salts into a soap mold. Flip over onto a piece of waxed paper and allow molded fizzie to dry overnight. Fizzy Bath Kisses

Cocoa Butter--2 oz

Baking Soda--2 oz

Citric Acid--2 oz

Oatmeal, powdered--3 Tbsp

Food Color--10 drops (optional)

Bergamot--10 drops

Rose--5 drops

Ylang-Ylang--10 drops

Melt cocoa butter (microwave is fine). Add food color and essential oils. Mix well. Add baking soda, citric acid and powdered oatmeal. Stir thoroughly. Pour into molds. Put into freezer to set. (This takes about 10-20 mins.) Remove from molds when set.

Note: Use 1-2 per bath or 3-4 for extra moisturizing.

Vaginal Dryness from the book Aromatherapy Pocketbook by Kendra Grace

Mix 2 parts Jojoba Oil with 1 part melted Cocoa Butter to make 1 ounce. Add, 3 drops Sandalwood and 1 drop Geranium. Stir while warm to an even mix. Allow to cool to solidify. Smooth the mixture with fingers over the tissue two times a day and before intercourse. You may use 1 drop of Neroli in place of Geranium. Completely Safe.

Aromatherapy Body Powder especially for the feet

Mix 1 Cup Cornstarch, 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda in a jar with a tight fitting lid.

Add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oils.

Shake well



Buttermilk Bath Salts

1 cup Buttermilk Powder 1 cup Sea Salt Add up to 24 drops of essential oils. Blend well, keep in a sealed jar. Use 1/2 cup per bath. This makes enough for 4 baths.

Ginger Body Scrub

Use this one in the morning as the essential oils are invigorating.

Sea Salt 1/4 Cup

Cornmeal 1/4 Cup

Olive Oil 1/3 Cup or another base oil.

Ginger 2 drops

Peppermint 4 drops

Rosemary 3 drops

Mix salt and cornmeal. Combine warmed oil and essential oils then mix with dry ingredients. Use in the shower or standing in the tub. Apply in circular motions, working from the extremities inward, working towards the center of the body and the heart. Rinse with warm water. Gently pat dry. Your skin will feel smoother and have a nice glow. SpritzersThese are easy to make just follow the guidelines below.

Use 4 oz. of distilled water

To make a facial mist use 8-10 drops of essential oils per 4 oz. of distilled water.

30-40 drops per 4 oz. for a body spray

80-100 drops per 4 oz. for a room spray


Hot Rock Massage Read all about La Stone TherapyThis is a spa treatment from the Arizona desert. Select a large, flat smooth stone, the size of your palm Heat stone in a low temperature oven until warm but not hot. Rub some scented massage oil into the stone and use this heated rock to give your partner a soothing massage. The heat from the stone relaxes and penetrates the muscles. Use up to 15 drops of essential oil per 1 oz. of unscented oil. Start with less drops, you can always add more. Try Sweet Almond, Grapeseed or Apricot Oil.

Peace and Love Massage Oil

3 drops Patchouli

3 drops Sandalwood

1 oz.Unscented base oil Enjoy!


So Easy to Make Bath Salts

1 cup Sea Salt

1 cup Epsom Salt

1 cup Baking Soda

Your favorite essential oils

Try French Lavender, Rose Geranium and Ylang Ylang Extra

You'll want about 6 drops of essential oils per 1/4 cup salt blend

Use 1/4 cup per bath. This makes enough for several baths.


Germ Fighter Spray

We've all been told to wash our hands more frequently. Here is an antiseptic, germ fighting spray to use on cuts and scrapes. May also be used as a room spray.

12 drops Tea Tree

6 drops Eucalyptus Unrectified

6 drops Lemon

2 oz. distilled water

Combine ingredients and add to spray bottle. Shake gently before use.


Cold and Flu Fighter

4 drops Sweet Eucalyptus unrectified is best

4 drops Scotch Pine

3 drops Lemon

Add to a large bowl of steaming water. Covering your head lean over the bowl and inhale deeply for 2-5 minutes. May also be added to a diffuser or vaporizer. For Children Use Eucalyptus Smithi, a mild Eucalyptus for children and the elderly.


Rose Otto

The intoxicating aroma of Rose-Otto oil makes it an effective aphrodisiac. Rose-Otto oil exerts its effects on both mind and body. It acts to both relieve stress and relax the spirit. For a relaxing bath, mix three drops of Turkish Rose-Otto in three and a half Tbsp. of heavy cream and add to the bathwater. For a truly sensuous scent, add a few drops of Sandalwood or Jasmine.


Scented Beeswax Heart Scent a room with this decorative accent. Use a cookie cutter to cut a heart shape from a sheet of natural beeswax. Wrap the heart in cheesecloth and infuse it with a few drops of Rose Otto. Place the wrapped heart in a plastic bag for a week. Remove and discard the cloth and glue a ribbon hanger to the back of the heart. You can even decorate it with dried flowers and a bow. Hang it in the kitchen or even the bath!!

Peach Smoothie

With fresh Peaches on sale this is a yummy treat!

3 ripe peaches

1 cup plain yogurt

2 T honey

4 ice cubes

1-2 drops Mandarin essential oil

Mix in blender and Enjoy!


Relaxing Lavender Honey Bath

Did you know that Honey has a calming effect? Combined with pure essential oil of Lavender it's a yummy bath treatment. Why not try it tonight!

2oz. of Honey

5 drops Lavender

Combine in a jar.

use 1 -2 Tablespoons per bath.


Vanilla Rose Bath Fizz Blend one half cup baking soda and one fourth cup each cornstarch and citric acid in a glass bow. Add one teaspoon each melted cocoa butter and Vanilla essential oil and one half teaspoon Rose Otto oil. Mix well. Slowly blend in one teaspoon rose water. Pack mixture into molds, turn out on waxed paper to dry for 24 hours, then store in airtight container. Add one fizz to a warm bath and Enjoy!


Ice Candles

Melt one pound of paraffin in a double boiler. Cut a milk carton to height desired, center a taper candle inside, then fill with crushed ice. Add six drops Spearmint essential oil and a sprinkling of glitter to the cooling paraffin.....pour the paraffin into the carton. Let cool, then pour off the water and tear away the carton to reveal a candle that glistens like ice



How to Make Scented Rocks


Place rocks in a bowl or dish to scent a room. A nice alternative to potpourri!

1/2 cup plain flour

1/2 cup salt

1/4 teaspoon essential oil (your favorite scent)

2/3 cups boiling water

Food coloring, if desired

In bowl, mix dry ingredients well. Add essential oil, and boiling water to dry ingredients. (Scent will be strong, but will fade slightly when dry.)

For colored stones, blend in food coloring, one drop at a time until desired shade is reached. Blend ingredients, and form balls into different shape and sizes to look like stones. Allow stones to dry.


Lemon Citrus Soak Lemons have been used for hand and nail care for centuries. Lemon Juice and the essential oil of Lemon whitens nails while stimulating healthy growth. Try this Refreshing Citrus Soak

8 oz. spring water

1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel

10 drops Lemon eo

Mix and soak fingertips for 10 minutes.


Fireplace Oils

When making Holiday logs use 1 drop of essential oil per log and only one log per fire. After applying the essential oil to the log be sure to let it sit for enough time that the essential oil soaks through the log. Some choices are Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cypress, and Cedarwood.


Household Cleaning  

Homemade Surface & Glass Cleaner


1 cup white vinegar

1 cup water

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

10 drops lemon eo

10 drops rosemary eo

5 drops peppermint eo

Mx all ingredients together in a spray bottle, shake well, and spritz!

From: April 2006 issue of Alternative Medicine -- The Art & Science of Healthy Living, page 95Orange Glass Shiner

Use Orange Glass Shiner to polish any glass or mirror to a lovely finish and shine Enjoy the pleasant aroma too -- which makes it seem like you're not cleaning at all. (Well almost!)Yield: 8 ounces Shelf Life: IndefiniteIngredients:


4 ounces water

4 ounces apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon borax

1 tablespoon orange essential oil

1 teaspoon lemon essential oil

Blending Procedure:

Combine all ingredients in a heavy duty plastic spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray on glass or mirror and wipe immediately with a clean cloth. Watch the shiny surface emerge. Note that stubborn stains like old toothpaste glop and chewing gum come off with ease, plus the aroma is pleasant and uplifting. It's best to use gloves with this cleaner and remember to shake before using the evenly incorporate the essential oils. As with all household cleaners, keep this one out of the reach of children.



Dish washing Liquid


Lift your spirits while washing the dishes. Not suited for automatic dishwashers.

10 drops Lemon essential oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil

10 drops Orange essential oil

liquid castile soap or other mildly scented dish washing liquid. Fill a 32oz. squirt bottle with liquid soap and add the oils. Shake well.


Kitchen Sink Scrub

1/2 Cup Baking Soda

1/8 Cup Vinegar

5 drops Lemon essential oil

5 drops Orange essentail oil

Combine all ingredients

Try Lime or Bergamot also.


Tub and Shower Scrub

This recipe helps to remove and prevent mold and mildew buildup.

1/2 Cup Baking Soda

10 drops Tea Tree essential oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil

10 drops Geranium essential oil

Combine all ingredients and using a damp sponge or cloth, scrub bathtub and/or shower.

For serious mildew buildup areas, combine 20 drops of Tea Tree and water in a spray bottle,

and spray area everyday for 5 days, then 2x a week.

From the book The Naturally Scented Home by Julia Bird~add a few drops of cedar or rosemary oil to cotton balls and enclose them in a pillowcase, which can then be laid among your clothes. This will help keep unwanted pests from enjoying your clothes. (page 55)~perfumed drawer lining paper: Choose any kind of paper, cut it to size and roll the sheets together. Then seal the roll in a plastic bag with a sheet of blotting paper on which you have dropped your essential oil combinations. Leave it for about a week to allow the scent to permeate the papers. These can also be customized with anti-insect oils. (pg 55)


Cornmeal Face Scrub


Essential Oils can be incorporated into many facial products.A facial scrub to try includes:

1/4 cup yogurt

1/4 cup cornmeal

5 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Patchouli essential oil

5 drops Grapefruit essential oil

Mix together and refrigerate a couple of

hours before using. Store in the refrigerator.



3 c Fresh juniper sprigs -with berries

2 c Red rosebuds

1 c Bay leaves

1/4 c Cinnamon chips

2 tb Cloves

10 Drops rose oil

3 Drops pine oil

6 Drops cinnamon oil

1 tb Orrisroot chips

5 Whole dried rose blossoms

3 Three-inch cinnamon sticks

20 Assorted pinecones, -painted gold

Combine the juniper, rosebuds, bay leaves, cinnamon chips, cloves, and cones in a big ceramic bowl. In a separate dish, mix the oils with the orrisroot. Stir this mixture into the first one and put into a closed container to mellow for a few weeks, stirring occasionally. Place the potpourri in a dish and scatter the roses blossoms and cinnamon sticks on top.


Christmas Spice Potpourri

2 cups dried pink rose petals and buds

1/2 cup dried bay leaves, crumbled

1/2 cup dried orange peel

1/2 cup dried pomegranate slices, chopped

1 Tablespoon grated nutmeg

1/2 cup small pine cones

1/2 Tablespoon orris root power

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/2 teaspoon mixed spices, lightly crushed: mustard seed, black, green and white peppercorns, red spindle berries, juniper berries

10 drops frankincense essential oil

5 drops clove essential oil

20 drops orange essential oil

5 drops myrrh essential oil

Source: Heaven Scent by Julia Lawless

Frankincense Soap

Wrap unscented purchased soap with cheesecloth, then sprinkle the wrapped bar with a few drops of frankincense essential oil. Place the soap in an airtight container for a month, then discard wrapping. You can decorate the soap with silver or gold leaf applied in a random pattern. Dampen the soap before applying metallic leaf! This makes a gorgeous gift!

Scented Holiday Cards

Make your Christmas/Holiday cards extra special this year. Place 1 drop of any holiday blend on the inside corner of each card. Seal and send as usual. What a nice surprise for the recipient! Some oils to use: we like our Celebration blend with Cinnamon, Orange Clove but a Evergreen blend is also nice.

Frankincense and Myrrh Soap Balls

Making your own soap can be a complicated process. However......this is a very simple way of introducing your favorite smells to a basic, fragrance-free soap, using a combination of nourishing vegetable oil, oatmeal as a natural exfoliant and healing and nourishing honey!! The soaps are scented with the heavenly combination of frankincense and myrrh. The spicy, woody scent of frankincense is uplifting, while the balsamic, must scent of myrrh is known to be anti-fungal and healing. Materials

9 ounces of pure, unscented soap

4 fl. ounces water

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon finely ground oatmeal

1 teaspoon sweet almond or apricot kernel oil

12 drops myrrh essential oil

8 drops frankincense essential oil.

Cheese grater (fine)

Bain-Marie(double boiler with a ceramic insert to evenly disperse gentle heat)

Wooden Spoon

Dried herbs (optional) Grate the soap with a fine cheese grater. Place the soap in the bain-marie with the water. Gently heat over a low least. Gradually the mixture will form a thick and fairly sticky paste. When the soap has melted, add the honey, oatmeal, oil and dried herbs(optional) and mix in well. Transfer to a clean bowl and then add in the essential oils. Mix very thoroughly! Have a bowl of water on hand to wet your hands. Then take a small handful of the mixture and mold into round balls. You will be able to make approximately 2 large balls or 5 or so of the smaller ones. Place on a sheet of grease-proof paper and leave it to harden for a week or so. can put the mixture in a shaped mold!

Soap of the Magi

5 Ounces Glycerine Soap

1/8 teaspoon Myrrh Oil

1/8 teaspoon Frankincense Oil

Bronze and Gold Mica Dust

Ultra fine gold fabric glitter

Oval soap mold

Melt 1/2 of the soap. Stir in the Frankincense oil and Gold mica dust. Pour into 2 molds filling only half way. Melt the other 1/2 of the soap. Stir in Myrrh oil and Bronze mica dust. Spoon over 1st layer of soap. Set, unmold. Give the bars a light dusting of the gold glitter and you have a soap of gold, frankincense and Myrrh the gifts of the Magi. If you've frozen the soap allow it to thaw and dry before adding the glitter or wrapping.

Here is a wll known blend that you can recreate at home.


Four Thieves Essential Oil Blend

A blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary oils.

Developed according to the legend about the four thieves in 15th century England who used these and other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague victims.


Bath Cookies~ Do not eat these!

2 Cups Rock Salt ½ Cup Baking Soda ½ Cup Cornstarch 2 Tablespoons Almond Oil 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil 1-2 Eggs 6 Drops Essential Oil Mix together and then cut out with cookie cutters in the shape you want. Bake at 350 degree 10 - 12 minutes Allow to cool. Use 1-2 per bath keep in an air tight container. These are perishable because of the eggs so use them up or give as gifts.Sweet bags are used to perfume items such as: gloves, linens, scarves, shawlsYou will need: ~4 cups/1lb orris root powder ~Handful each of: dried lavender dried marjoram dried lemon peel dried orange peel dried rose petals ~5 cotton pads ~30 drops essential oils (10 each of: cypress, clove & nutmeg) ~5 purchased circular place mats or dressing table mats 8" diameter ~ribbon 3" wide. Crush the dried herbs to a rough-textured powder, using a pestle and mortar. Add the orris root. Put two drops each of the essential oils on to each cotton pad. Place these, together with the crushed herbs, into a tin or sealed jar to cure for one week.Divide the herb mixture into five equal parts, including a cotton pad with each portion. Make the sweet bags. Fold each mat in half, then wrap into a cone shape. Sew the edges of the outer layer to secure. Fill the cone with herb mixture. Draw together the inner layers of the cone to enclose the mixture, and sew together. (Alternative bags are made from the ribbon -- folded into an envelope, stitched and stuffed with herb mixture.)

From the book: Heaven Scent by Julia Lawless (page 60)