I have a Yule Bayberry Prosperity spell that I have been using now for well over a decade and it always surprises me every Christmas to see bayberry candles and realize that most people don’t recognize the significance in Colonial America that bayberry had.
I love the smell of bayberry. It is Yule to me, through and through. My mother always burned candles from Williamsburg on Yule and the scent takes me right back. It’s difficult to find “real” bayberry candles anymore but Yankee Candle Company has a nice one although it does contain additional scents.
I’ve been offering my own family Yule spell for five years now to happy clients all over the world and since I only make a few candles (with bayberry essential oil) you might want to consider it.
Information on bayberry candles:
“Bayberry wax was Colonial America’s contribution to candle making history and became an important tradition there. Looking for a more economical alternative to beeswax colonial women discovered that a lovely wax could be obtained by boiling the grayish green berries of the bayberry bush. More economical than beeswax, better smelling and burning than tallow, bayberry became another alternative for candle making in colonial times.
Unfortunately, it takes about 15 lb of bayberries to make 1 lb of Bayberry wax. Collecting all those berries was very time consuming. Also, bayberry wax candles are very brittle and are prone to “blooming” or forming a white powdery residue on the outside of the candle after it’s stored for a few months. So, bayberry wax never caught on as the main source of candle making wax.
Yet, every colonist who could afford to do so would burn at least one Bayberry wax candle during the holiday season. On Christmas Eve the burning of a bayberry wax candle was considered good luck. It brought you health, wealth and prosperity for the coming year. A popular colonial saying was…
“A bayberry candle burnt to the socket brings food to the larder and gold to the pocket”.