Pick flowers when they are about three-quarters open – when they are fully open, they lose fragrance. Gather about twice the amount you believe you’ll need, since they shrink as they dry. Remove petals from flower heads and pull herb leaves from their stems. Spread in a single layer on a Clean-A-Screen® accessory and place in dehydrator. Set temperature between 95°-100° F. Dry until brittle-dry, which may take from 2 to 12 hours, depending upon the plants, the amount, and the model of dehydrator you are using.
Store different flowers and herbs separately in covered jars until you’re ready to mix. Keep in a cool place, out of direct sunlight.
Experiment with different combinations, mixing small quantities and recording the results until you come up with a blend that you like.
To blend ingredients, measure and stir dried materials into a large bowl. When you have the right blend of color and fragrance, add fixative, spices, and oil. Age in a tightly sealed jar for 2 - 6 weeks, shaking occasionally to blend fragrances. Package in smaller decorative containers or bags for gifts or personal use.