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The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) Paperback – September 8, 2002
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For centuries the composition of incenses, the blending of oils, and the mixing of herbs have been used by people to create positive change in their lives. This book, by much-loved author Scott Cunningham, gives the formulas and techniques for incenses, oils, ointments, inks, tinctures, herbal baths, bath salts, brews, ritual soaps, sachets or herbal charms, powders, and more.
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I still often think of Scott Cunningham. His contributions to the occult make him one of the most important spiritual people of the last century. His books on Wicca have gently, lovingly, and thoroughly introduced more people to Witchcraft than just about anyone else.
But while Wicca was his spiritual path, it was natural magic that revealed his deep understanding and broad knowledge of herbs and their magical powers. His books on these subjects have become the de facto sources for all sorts of magical people. Already, The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews (an expanded and rewritten version of The Magic of Incenses, Oils and Brews) is owned by over 150,00 readers. You should own it, too.
Today, there are two major trends in magic: natural and ceremonial. They have different methodologies to get the same results. Neither is better, they are just different. The "best" one is whatever you can successfully use.
But there is an interesting thing about these two systems: They both use incenses; they both use scented oils; they both use scented baths and magical teas. That makes this book applicable to any system of magic you may follow!
Besides giving the formulas for hundreds of the scented magical tools, Scott also reveals how you can easily make substitutions in the formulas. In this way, even if you are out of a particular herb to use as you compound your own incenses, oils, powders, and so forth, you will still be able to make magic.
Yes, you will find recipes for scents to use when doing magic for initiations, love, exorcisms, money, health, talismans, elemental energies, astrological energies and for many of the goddesses and gods. But by studying this book you will be able to develop your own, unique recipes and formulas. You will understand how these herbs really work.
And that, my friends, is real magic!
About the Author
Scott Cunningham practiced magic actively for over twenty years. He was the author of more than fifty books covering both fiction and non-fiction subject matter; sixteen of his titles are published by Llewellyn Publications. Scott's books reflect a broad range of interests within the New Age sphere, where he was very highly regarded. He passed from this life on March 28, 1993, after a long illness.
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The wide variety of recipes in this book are wonderful. I enjoy a lot of the folklore mixed in and ancient recipes, however, ancient recipes can only go so far considering most of their ingredients may have never existed or are impossible to obtain now. Even throughout the book, Cunningham's commentary notes that some of the ingredients he doesn't know what they are, and then proceeds to give an alternative suggestion.
It's great that there's a substitution chart in a later chapter, but I shouldn't have to be replacing ingredients in a recipe that even the author himself doesn't know what it is or how to obtain it. That is incredibly frustrating and a waste of time.
The recipes I have been able to try have been good, and the quick references I can make without having to make substitutions are great.
Another concern is that some of these "ancient" recipes are actually toxic and to the uninformed reader, that can be highly dangerous.
I've included pictures of some of the essences I enjoy making.
Enjoy and have fun ;-)
There is many different types of recipes and what they can be used for this book is very simple and only gives the basic but its really self explanatory.
this book it self is really good for people that are starting to create there own type of incense and oils and how they can brew stuff like tincture and teas.
the packaging for this product was simple it was covered by a white piece of paper and was shipped in a brown envelope
I would recommend buying! this book is amazing!