Updated: Feb 5, 2021
Imbolc is a pagan tradition that runs from February 1st thru sundown of February 2nd. The earliest mention of Imbolc was in Irish poetry during the 10th century.
Imbolc is the celebration of the return of the light and marks the half way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
What are some things to do during Imbolc? It's a time to start planning what you want to plant and harvest for the upcoming year. Garden plans are starting to ramp up now. Seeds are being chosen; garden bed plans are being laid out. But it’s also a time of reflection. A time to reflect and think about where you want to be in the coming months, it’s all about manifestation for the rest of your year.
So how can be celebrate Imbolc at home? There are many ways to make mention of this celebration. You can lay out a white, red or pink table cloth for dinner, have dinner by candlelight, cook with winter vegetables like squash or bake sweets for dessert.
Other ways to celebrate are to journal about your dreams for the coming up months, take a walk through nature to see what is starting to wake up from their winter naps, or sit and enjoy herbs related to Imbolc like hot cup of Chamomile tea. Below I have provided recipes to help you celebrate. Lavender London Fog and Rosemary Lemon Scones.
Other quick tidbits for Imbolc:
Colors: white, red, pink
Foods: baked goods, winter veg, seeds, dried fruit and seeds
Stones: Amethyst, Garnet, Bloodstone, Ruby
Flowers and plants: Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Crocus
Herbs: Blackberry, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Rosemary
Folklore: The tradition of Imbolc is believed to have started with the Divine hag of Gaelic tradition, Cailleach gathered the rest of the firewood needed for winter. It is said that if she wished for winter to last longer should would make the weather bright and sunny on Imbolc so she had plenty of time sunlight and good weather to finish gathering wood. When we look at modern day events Groundhog Day falls around Imbolc, this is another good example of traditional celebrations turned to modern events.
Lavender London Fog:
1-2 Tsp of Earl Grey Tea (or 1-2 bags if that’s what you have)
1 C of Milk (or to fill you cup)
1 Tbsp Lavender bud
½ tsp Vanilla or Vanilla sugar (more for garnish- optional)
1 Tbsp Honey
Directions: Add milk, lavender, tea, honey and vanilla to a pot. Simmer for a few minutes to get desired tea strength. Strain tea mixture and froth until creamy foam forms. Top with a sprinkle of vanilla sugar (Optional) and serve.
Rosemary Lemon Scones:
2 C All-purpose flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
5 Tbsp Butter (cold and grated- butter is easy to grate when frozen)
1 C Plain Yogurt (full fat is best)
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Zest from one lemon
3 Tbsp Rosemary (Fresh) or 1 Tbsp dried
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
½ C Powdered Sugar
2-3 Tbsp Whipping Cream
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar together. Then at grated butter and combined.
-In a separate bowl combine yogurt, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, lemon zest and the rosemary.
-Combine the wet to the dry ingredients and mix until just combine (do not over mix)
-Turn onto parchment lined baking pan and shape into a circle, then cutting into 8 equal triangles (do not separate the triangles.
-Bake for 20 mins
-Separate the triangles and return to the oven for an additional 5-10 mins or until baked throughout and golden in color.
-For the drizzle combine cream, sugar and lemon juice in a bow whisk or beat until desired thickness and serve over scones