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Gran Bwa’s Mabon Potpourri
By Mambo Sam
Happy Mabon!  Homemade potpourri is a fun Mabon project.  It’s easy to do with kids or perhaps your elderly relatives.  And even though “potpourri” means “rotten pot” – it sure smells better than it translates.  

I asked Gran Bwa to give me some ideas of what should go in a potpourri dedicated to him and this is what he offered!  But you could just use this for ideas and add your own wonderful flowers, fruits, seeds, etc.  
  1. 2.5 cups of dried apple slices
  2. 1 cup of dried orange peels or really almost any citrus peels – try grapefruit, lemon, etc.  Even better if you save them and dry them yourself.  You can easily dry fruit peels in your oven at a low temperature, about 200º F for a couple of hours, checking and turning frequently
  3. 1 cup cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
  4. ½ cup cardamom pods
  5. ¼  cup whole cloves
  6. Add in rosemary, nutmeg, ginger, star anise, black peppercorns, any combination.
  7. 3-4 bay leaves
  8. Small pine cones (even better if you can go pick them up in nature)
  9. Pick some fall wildflowers and let them dry out or just add them as is and allow them to dry in the potpourri (if you do this, plan on stirring your potpourri around to let them get air
  10. A little bit of vanilla or other oil that you like
Break down the larger pieces.  If you have a mortar and pestle, use it to grind down some of the bay leaves or other items to help release the oils.  Otherwise, just break some of the items down to smaller pieces.  You want a mixture of your smaller and larger pieces.  Mix them all up in a big bowl and add your oil.  Cover it for a couple of days to let it all blend.  You can burn some green candles that you dedicate to Gran Bwa near the bowl and ask him to bless the potpourri for a bountiful year for you and yours.
***PLEASE NOTE ; This potpourri is NOT TO BE TAKEN INTERNALLY - DO NOT EAT IT!  It looks pretty and smells amazing, but do not eat :-) ****
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