It’s time to celebrate Imbolc and welcoming the coming spring.
Some great ideas for your Imbolc celebration:
Imbolc Oil Recipe:
Imbolc Incense: 3 parts Frankincense 2 parts Dragon’s Blood 1/2 part Red Sandalwood 1 part Cinnamon a few drops Red Wine add to carrier oil of your choosing. To this mixture add a pinch of the first flower (dry it first) that is available in your area at the time of Imbolc (February 2nd.) Burn during Wiccan ceremonies on Imbolc, or simply to attune with the symbolic rebirth of the Sun–the fading of winter and the promise of spring. One flower that just may be in bloom is Winter Aconite. I have a whole patch of it on the western side of my property.
Imbolc Potpourri Recipe:
45 drops Myrrh Oil
1 cup Oak Moss
2 cups Dried Heather Flowers
2 cups Dried Wisteria
1 cup Dried Yellow Tulip Petals
1/2 cup Dried Basil
1/2 cup Dried and Chopped Bay Leaves
A Nifty Craft for Imbolc
This Votive Holder is extremely easy to make:
1 Votive Candle
Hot Glue Gun
A Pretty Ribbon
All you need to do is cut the cinnamon sticks to equal lengths so that they will reach the brim of the candle. Simply glue the sticks to oe another until you go the entire way around.
Tie with ribbon.
Finally to Food
Traditional Braided Bread:
I can only give you the directions to make it with a bread machine. Yes, I’m lazy but bread machines are a gift from the Goddess 🙂
You’ll want to make an Italian style recipe using the largest loaf setting. All you need do is dump your ingredients into the bread machine on the “Dough” only setting. When it’s done, remove dough and place on a lightly floured board. Punch it down. Roll into a ball and cut into three equal sections. Roll with hands until you get three strands of equal size. Make sure they are long enough to braid. Now start with the top. Take the three strands and adhere them to each other. Now start braiding like you would your hair. When you get to the end adhere the three strands again. Place on a baking sheet and cover with a towel and allow it to rise again, about 40-45 minutes. Brush with egg yolk and place in a 375 degree oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. If you’d like to top it with herbs after it comes out of the oven while still hot, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with your favorites. I love poppyseed!