Happy Samhain! The grove will be doing something tonight, so I’ll have the review up tomorrow.
- One handful of powdered sandalwood
- 1/4 handful of dried patchouli
- 2 teaspoons mandrake
- 2 teaspoons storax
- 6 drops lilac essential oil
- 4 drops patchouli essential oil
- Vegetable glycerin
Place your powdered sandalwood in a medium-sized bowl. Stir in about 2 tablespoons of glycerin one at a time and then mix with a metal whisk or a fork. As you have already learned, create a soft, fluffy compound. Do not add the second tablespoon of glycerin if it feels like it would be too much, causing the incense to be too moist.
Now add your essential oil and whisk. Add your other dried herbs and mix thoroughly. Wait for at least a day for the compound to settle before you sprinkle it on hot coals.
- Vegetable glycerin
- 5 drops lilac essential oil
- 3 drops patchouli essential oil
- 3 drops pine essential oil
- Pinch of dried patchouli
Fill a one-ounce bottle halfway with vegetable glycerin. Add plain water until the bottle is three-quarters full. Add your essential oils and dry ingredients, then close the lid and shake the bottle. You can use this magical oil immediately.
Timothy Roderick: There is no such thing as lilac essential oil. You might be able to find a lilac CO2 extract (which may run you $130 for a sixteenth of an ounce) or a lilac hydrosol…but that’s as good as non-synthetics will get you.
I didn’t bother with the incense, and I felt a little silly when I looked at the oil ingredients. Pine is a ‘fire’ plant and lilac is a ‘water’ plant, so I scrapped Roderick’s formulation and popped down to my pantry where I put three popcorn kernels, a few grains of barley and a few oat flakes into a bottle. I then filled the bottle about halfway through with my vanilla-infused oil (even though vanilla is a water plant, I like how it combines with the scent of patchouli, and my oil has tons of vanilla seeds, which just reinforces the ‘potential’ of the power of silence), topped it off with sweet almond oil, and added about 6 drops of patchouli oil.
The final result is a lightly-scented, very appealing oil.