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Orange Pomanders

Medieval herbalists used pomanders -- mixtures of fragrant, dried herbs in cloth bags or perforated boxes -- to ward off illness or bring strength and good fortune.

To make pomanders to freshen a winter-weary house, take firm oranges and stud them with whole cloves. (Be creative and arrange the cloves in diamond, circular, or other patterns.) As the orange dries, it will release a delicate, spicy fragrance. For a stronger aroma, cover the entire orange with cloves, and then roll in a mixture of spices: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg, 1 tablespoon allspice, 1/4 cup powdered orrisroot. Leave the orange in the mix for a week, turning once a day. To hang your pomander, thread a large needle with string and run it through the orange; make a knot at the bottom and a loop at the top.

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