Midsummer Night's Dream Incense

At PSG this year we did a workshop in which we made two incense recipes. The first was Midsummer Night's Dream, a self-burning dreaming blend with a fairy and Midsummer theme. The other was Weird Sisters, a loose incense incorporating traditional witching herbs. Weird Sisters turned out poorly, in large part because it was dried, rained on, and dried again in the midsummer heat - much of the oils volatilized leaving burning leaves smell.

Midsummer Night's Dream, however, faired better, and so we'd like to share our recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp Sandalwood
  • 2 tsp Lavender
  • 2 tsp Mugwort
  • 2 tsp Chamomile
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Benzoin
  • pinch Dittany of Crete
  • 1/8 tsp Guar Gum

This blend is useful when practicing any kind of dream magic, whether you seek answers for a question or prophetic dreams or desire to fare forth while sleeping. The formula contains herbs that open the gates of dream as well as those that have sedative properties. In addition many of the ingredients are classically associated with Midsummer and the Fey.

Finely powder all ingredients, and then add just enough warm water to give the blend a consistency reminiscent of modeling clay. Then form into tall thin cones, the diameter of which should be no bigger than a pencil at the widest point. Also, tightly form the cone to avoid cracks. Cracks will get bigger as the cone dries and prevent the finished cone from burning. Allow them to dry in a cool environment and then enjoy.