1850,  Browse By Era,  Browse by Subject,  Crafts,  Victorian

TO MAKE SCENTED BAGS.

Take a Florentine orrisroot a pound and a half; calamus aromaticus, half a pound; yellow sandal-wood, a quarter of a pound; gum-benjamin, five ounces; cloves, half an ounce. Beat the whole into powder, and fill your bags with it. The bags are best made of very thin silk of the kind called “Persian.” They may be made about four inches square.

Meanings of Word or Phrases used

calamus aromaticus-Plant known as Sweet Flag, from the sweet fragrance of the bruised leaves.
Gum-benjamin-The balsamic gum of the tropical benzoin tree is used in potpourris and incense.