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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Colonial Recipes: Sweet Scented Bags

Sweet Scented Bags to Lay with Linen
(or wear in the pocket)

Eight ounces of damask rose leaves, eight ounces of coriander seeds, eight ounces of sweet orriroot, eight ounces of calamus aromaticus, one ounce of mace, one ounce of cinnamon, half an ounce of cloves, four drachms of musk-powder, two drachms of white loaf sugar, three ounces of lavender flowers and some of Rhodium wood. Beat them well together and make them in small silk bags.''

A mortar, pestle and a grater are essential for creating a strong scent. Place the mixture in an 8 inch by 8 inch square piece of cloth and tie together with a ribbon.

From The Art of Cookery, 1784.

Submitted by Carla Olson Gade


  1. This sounds like it would smell wonderful! Thanks, Carla!

  2. Carla, Love this sort of concocting:) Very Lael-like! I'm chuckling at the sugar but bet it makes linen smell heavenly...
    Bless you.

  3. Musk-powder? Really? And where on God's green earth would we find that?!

    I wondered about the sugar as well. Maybe the doubled as ant traps. ;)

  4. Pegg, I guess we'd have to go to the Apothocary.
    I love these type of recipes for mixing of herbs and things. I really wish I could smell this.

  5. with the lavender, I bet this would be very soothing. :)

    interesting recipe. :)

  6. Love the whole idea of "Lay with Linen" Sounds perfect for those stacks of soft, freshly washed sheets. Very nice!


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