As I entered the cottage, I was presented with the aroma of warm cookies freshly baked in the oven. The scent of sweet spices made an incense all of their own. After devouring the first cookie, I began for forget the harsh cold winter outside. The second brought a tingle to my tongue upon which lay the threshold of delight. The third brought with it the joyous spirits of the hearth who warmed my blood and danced amongst my bed while I lay enraptured in a blissful sleep.
"Hildegard's Christmas Cookies" was inspired by the ancient cookie recipe known as "Cookies for Preventing Sadness" by the German abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). We first came across the cookie recipe in "Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide" by Christian Rätsch & Claudia Müller-Ebeling. After a few seasons of delightful Yuletide cookies, I decided to make an incense inspired by the recipe. The first edition made for a delightfully spiced Frankincense incense. But once Opoponax was added to the mix, a deeper scent of baked goods appeared with a rich, warm under body. The spices, especially Nutmeg, are well known for their blood warming and mood enhancing effects. What better way to bring a smile to a cold winter sole than an incense of Frankincense and cookie spices?
For those following more esoteric paths, feel free to use this blend as an offering or aromatic "treat" for your favorite deity. But like all of my blends, I believe the intended use of the incense should be solely up to the user.
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