I re- blogged this very interesting and amusing reading. https://theloveforhistory.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/history-of-pomanders/ – Click the link to read it. Thanks to Love of History Blog for sharing this post. To this, I will add my own.
I am so glad my hands don’t know how to rest and do nothing. Perhaps I am a type A person and as long as I keep on creating I will be fine. One day, I thought of creating special home décor with an antique flair from Renaissance time. Pomanders are incredibly easy to make and can have a variety of purposes. The pomanders I made decorate doors and lamps. Luckily we live in times in which soaps and hygiene are an important daily routine, thus my pomanders were not made to hide any odors, as explained in the article I re-blogged from “The Love Of History”. It’s quite an interesting and amusing reading on the function of pomanders in the past. You will love it too. Find it at the very end.
Today, since the function of a pomander has changed, we can stuff it with our favorite scents to give the house a spritzy clean air. We can make also a centerpiece with clove-studded oranges embellished with ribbons.
Material needed is simple: scissors, straight pins, ribbons and cloves. To avoid breaking the stems of the cloves, first make small holes in the oranges, then push the cloves in. Situate the ribbon on the oranges along the cloves and stop it from moving using straight pins. Make a bow at the top, or bunch them up as you like removing the pins afterwards. Select a beautiful bowl for your delicious centerpiece.
Photo Above: Source: Right At Home)
Another simple solution is to peel oranges, make circles to look like roses, hot glue the edge, if you like, select live pine branches with small or baby pinecone attached and put them in a vase with the orange peel roses here and there.
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Throughout history, the importance of scent has never been denied. Mystical and powerful, scent was an offering, a force of attraction and a curse. The pomander, a ball filled with perfumes worn from the Middle Ages onward, was a form of protection against sickness and death.
The word “pomander” originates from the French “pomme d’ambre.” A common interpretation of this phrase is “apple of ambergris,” referring to the wax substance used as a base in pomander recipes. Others take the phrase to mean “apple of amber” or “golden apple,” as in the fragrant citrus fruits exchanged during holidays for good luck.
The pomander became popular during the Middle Ages when the black death and other ailments ran rampant. Sanitation during the era was lamentably lacking. The streets and even some homes were strewn with filth, bodily fluids and the discarded remnants of past meals. People thought that the…
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