While I walked to my crossroad to lay my offerings there down, I noticed that the poplar trees have already their buds. In antiquity poplar was a tree that was connected to the underworld. And the buds have a long history in flying ointments and salves- also as incense for spirit contacts. So I collected the well smelling buds after I left the crossroad on my way back home.
In my mortar and pestle there was still a lot of remaining herbs and essential oil from my incense crafting yesterday. So I filled the mortar with oil, some poplar buds, cypress needles and juniper berries to create a oil blend for Hekate in her aspects as mistress of spirits.