Specially gathered and blended by Verity Birt.
This is a version of Birt’s incense work in the exhibition to burn at home with a charcoal disc. The incense was made by common British weeds and herbs collected at prehistoric sites. One is a blend for Venus and one is a blend for the Moon, both associated with aspects of the feminine divine.
Edition of 3 each.
Verity Birt - Incense for Venus & Incense for the Moon
Yarrow – Reduces bleeding and pain. Achilles used yarrow as a field dressing for his soldiers’ wounds in the Trojan War. Protection, power.
Strawberry leaf – Blood tonic, prevents diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Treatment for sunburn. Desire, fertility.
Red clover – Represents maiden, mother & crone – blood cleanser, relaxant, remedy for the female reproductive system.
Rosemary – Improves memory, burnt to prevent contagion, fertility, protection, stop bad dreams, antiseptic.
Thyme – Courage, inspiration, bravery. Antiseptic and relaxant.
Myrrh – Jupiter I Antiseptic. For toothache, ulcers. Purification, Hildegard von Bingen, the famous German abbess and herbalist (1098-1179), used myrrh in some of her healing medicines
Cedar – Sacred to Artemis, Sezh and Persephone. Cleanses negative atmospheres. Summons positive energy.
Heather – Luck and protection, to sooth the nerves and for making brooms.
Birch Blackberry Root
Dandelion – Lions tooth, plant of Hecate, witches say if you rub yourself in Dandelion, you will be welcome everywhere. Granter of wishes.
Chick weed – Emotion. Strengthens the heart and blood.
Plantain – One of the 9 herbs given to humanity by Woden/Odin, healing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
Melissa (Lemon balm) – Balm for your sorrows, elixir of youth, love potions, aphrodisiac, associate with rituals to Diana, balances hormones during menopause.
Beech Leaf – The Goddess Tree, heals skin complaints. Learning, knowledge, understanding, hope.
Myrrh – Antiseptic. For toothache, ulcers. Purification, Hildegard von Bingen, the famous German abbess and herbalist (1098-1179), used myrrh in some of her healing medicines
Rose Hip – Love, peace, companionship. For colds, sore throat, high in Vitamin C.
Sphagnum (peat moss) – Antiseptic, wound dressing. The dried plant can absorb up to 16 times its own weight of water and so has been found to be effective when used for surgical dressings, sanitary towels, babies nappies etc. It saved the lives of thousands of soldiers in the First World War.
Fern – Prevents diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Protection, wards off evil, prevents jinxes.
Sage – To be well, to save. If sage grows near the home, the wife rules the household. Helps the nerves, the mother protectoress plant. Releases blocked emotion.