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Make yourself a traditional Christmas Pomander

Submitted by on November 21, 2013 – 6:54 amOne Comment
Oranges and clementines are in season in the winter time and we know they are a fantastic source of vitamin C. But how about using them to make yourself a beautiful traditional festive treat to stimulate your senses? Pomanders were first used in the late Middle Ages through the 17th century as an early form of aromatherapy. These delightful Christmas scented decorations are easy and fun to make..






      You will need:
      A thin-skinned medium sized orange
        25g whole cloves


        2 tbls cinnamon powder


        1 tbls ground allspice


        1 tbls ground nutmeg


    gold ribbon


      Here’s how to do it:
      Roll the orange in your hands to warm it up (this makes it easier to work with)
      Poke holes with a toothpick and then push a clove into each hole.
      A traditional pomander covers the entire orange with cloves closely, it is much easier to work on a small area at a time (make sure to leave the space for your ribbon!)
      Mix all the powders together, and roll your clove-studded orange in it, thoroughly filling the spaces between the cloves as much as possible. Store in a small cardboard box, tip the extra powder on top. Keep in a warm dry place for 3 weeks.
    When it’s ready, shake off the excess powder and tie a pretty gold ribbon around the pomander, with a bow and a loop for hanging. Enjoy!
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