Making pomanders is a very old tradition and they were often carried during a pandemic. Cities were very smelly, and it was thought disease was caused by the stench. It was believed that the pleasant scent of a pomander could repel the diseases in the air. Rich people (including Queen Elizabeth I) owned fancy gold & silver pomanders but even orange & clove pomanders were expensive, due to the rarity of their exotic ingredients. Pomanders look lovely and make the air smell ‘Christmassy’.

Make your own orange pomander by following this video but if you want them to last a long time use orris root. Instructions and spices in this video.

Have fun!