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A handmade sachet containing lavender.
Sachets containing desiccants

Although its most usual definition is that listed under "packet" (see link above), a sachet /ˈsæʃ/ can also mean a small scented cloth bag filled with herbs, potpourri, or aromatic ingredients;[1][2] or a small porous bag or packet containing a material intended to interact with its atmosphere; for example, desiccants are usually packed in sachets which are then placed in larger packages.[3]

Cultural history

During the Chinese Warring States period a scented sachet (xiangbao) was an ornament worn on the body and used to absorb sweat, repel insects and ward off evils. In medieval Europe the sachet was known as a "plague-bag".[4]

In various Indian cuisines, a "potli bag" is used to contain whole spices, so that they may be easily separated from the food after cooking. They are also used as fashion ornaments unto themselves.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39]

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References

  1. ^ BUREAU OF AMERICAN ETHNOLOGY, p. 86
  2. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary "small perfumed bag," 1838, from Fr. sachet (12c.), dim. of sac... A reborrowing of a word that had been used 15c. in the sense "small bag, wallet."
  3. ^ Soroka, W. Illustrated Glossary of Packaging Terminology (Second ed.). Institute of Packaging Professionals.
  4. ^ Gutenberg ebook Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure
  5. ^ Fettner, p. 91
  6. ^ Booth, p. 121
  7. ^ Buchanan, pp. 322, 333
  8. ^ Sisko, p. 31
  9. ^ Garland, p. 268
  10. ^ Chopra, p. 40
  11. ^ Lust, p. 370
  12. ^ How To Make Herbal Pot-Pourris, Sachets And Pillows
  13. ^ Here's How To Make a Dream Pillow
  14. ^ Walter, p. 123
  15. ^ White, p. 111
  16. ^ Dream Pillows
  17. ^ Making herbal pillows
  18. ^ Dream Pillows
  19. ^ Rohde, p. 29
  20. ^ Garland, p. 229
  21. ^ Knapp, p. 61
  22. ^ Calbom, p. 211
  23. ^ Williamson, p. 191
  24. ^ Mitrea, p. 31
  25. ^ Kothe, p. 46
  26. ^ Foster, p. 212
  27. ^ Bond, p. 265
  28. ^ Oster, p. 55
  29. ^ Black, p. 66
  30. ^ Black, p. 96
  31. ^ Black, pp. 57–71
  32. ^ Seton, p. 54
  33. ^ Freeman, p. 172
  34. ^ Cox, p. 259
  35. ^ Garland, p. 222
  36. ^ Strobell, p. 139
  37. ^ Freeman, p. 173
  38. ^ Cox, p. 279
  39. ^ Fettner, p. 95

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