Make Your Own Herb Sachet
This activity comes to us from the educators at Prospect Park’s Lefferts Historic House. Check out the Lefferts at Home page for more.
Today we’re bringing you a fan favorite craft at the Lefferts Historic House, the herb sachet, based on an 18th century creation made to offer a fragrant smelling aroma in a world of unpleasant odors.
In the 18th century, New York City’s streets were filled with livestock, garbage, and animal droppings, and bathing was not as simple as it is today. People were constantly being assaulted by bad smells, sometimes coming from themselves, so they turned to the use of herb sachets.
Herb sachets are pouches of cloth stuffed with wool and spices. They are easy to make, and 18th century people could hold it to their nose if they smelled something unpleasant. These instructions will teach you how to make your own sachet with cloth, string, some spices and cotton balls.
Your herb sachet is complete! You can use it to bring a fresh scent to a room or drawer, or carry it around like people did in the 18th century.