Nine Sacred Herbs Incense
The Anglo-Saxons believed that disease was spread by toxins blowing on the wind. Songs, salt, water, and herbs were a trusted means of protection from the flying venom. The Lacnunga, a 10th century herbal, names the nine sacred plants and a chant inn their praise.
"These nine attack against nine venoms. A worm came creeping and tore asunder man. Then took Woden nine magic twigs and smote the serpent, that he in nine pieces dispersed. Now these nine herbs have power, Against nine magic outcasts. Against nine venoms. Against nine flying things. Against the loathed things that over land rove."