A Scent Bag Recipe


Have you ever wondered how people in the nineteenth century prevented moths and other insects from ruining their clothes? They would use scent bags filled with plants which kept the insects away and made clothes smell lovely too. The Repository of arts, literature and fashion shares a recipe used to make these scent bags:

PREPARATION OF SCENT-BAGS, TO PRESERVE CLOTHES FROM BEING INJURED BY MOTHS, &C

Take the tops of rosemary, lavender, rose-leaves, the chippings of cedar, cassia lignea, and sassafras wood; reduce these substances to a coarse powder, sprinkle them over with a few drops of otto of roses, and sew them up in a coarse muslin or silken bag. These bags, when laid in the wardrobe among garments, not only impart to them a pleasant scent, but contribute also to preserve the clothes from being injured by moths and other insects.

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