Making Your Own Incense

Making Your Own Incense

Things You’ll Need

Herbs, woods and resins
Mortar and pestle
Makko
Bamboo sticks
Gloves

Incense is used in many cultures for purposes such as accents in religious ceremonies or aromatherapy. The process to make incense sticks is fairly simple and can be very rewarding to those interested in creating their own scent.

1. Decide what kind of incense you want to make and purchase the proper ingredients and supplies.

2. Research different incense recipes based on the scents and herbs that you prefer and gather these materials along with tools to prepare to make stick incense.

You will need at least 3 ingredients: an herb, a resin and a wood. You will also need binding materials such as gum Arabic, makko (an incense powder ingredient derived from tree bark), and charcoal to make the mixture combustible.

3. Gather your ingredients, according to your preferred scent strength, along with bamboo sticks and prepare to mix.

4. Crush your herbs or solid ingredients in equal parts to make a smooth powder. Use a mortar and pestle for best results.

5. Combine all dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Add makko.

6. Allow the mixture to sit overnight.

7. Prepare distilled water or fragrant hydrosol and add to your incense mixture slowly.

The mixture will need to be pliable, not runny and able to adhere to the bamboo sticks.

8. Knead the incense dough thoroughly.

9. Roll your mixture onto the bamboo sticks, allowing the mixture to coat the stick evenly.

10. Lay the sticks on a drying rack to enable them to dry evenly.

11. Allow your incense sticks to dry for 1 to weeks prior to attempting to use them.

Tips

Keep incense sticks out of direct sunlight and heat while they are drying.

Experiment with different herb, wood and resin combinations until you obtain a mixture that is most pleasing to you. Also, try other methods of incense making to become familiar with the mixing process and learn how to use the ingredients.

Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands while you mix ingredients and form them onto incense sticks.

Depending upon which scent you choose, sandalwood versus frankincense for instance, you may need only 10% of makko added to the mixture.

Break up incense sticks that didn’t produce the expected end result and try the process again.

Warnings

Never attempt to dry incense by baking or microwaving it as this creates a fire hazard.

Don’t allow incense to burn unattended. Always burn incense in a well-ventilated area away from pets and children.

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Herbal Substitutes For Magick

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Magickal Herb Substitute List

Acacia – Gum Arabic
Acacia Gum – Gum Arabic
Aconite – Tobacco
Arabic, Gum – Frankincense, Gum Mastic
Ammoniac Gum – Asafetida
Asafetida – Tobacco, Velerian
Balm of Gilead – Rose Buds, Gum Mastic
Belladonna – Tobacco
Benzoin – Gum Arabic, Gum Mastic
Camphor Oil – Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender Oil
Carnation – Rose Petals
Cassia – Cinnamon
Castor Beans – Four Drops of Castor Oil
Cedar – Sandalwood
Cinquefoil – Clover, Trefoil
Citron – One part Orange and One part Lemon Peel
Clove – Mace, Nutmeg
Clover – Cinquefoil
Copal – Frankincense, Cedar
Cowbane – Tobacco
Cypress – Juniper, Pine Needles
Deers Tongue – Tonka bean, Woodruff, Vanilla
Dittany of Crete – Gum Mastic
Dragons Blood – 1 part Frankincense and 1 part Red Sandalwood
Eucalyptus Oil – Camphor Oil, Lavender Oil
Frankincense – Copal, Pine Resin
Galangal – Ginger Root
Grains of Paradise – Black Pepper
Gum Ammoniac – Asafetida
Gum Bedllium – Copal, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood
Hellebore – Tobacco, Nettle
Hemlock – Tobacco
Hemp – Nutmeg, Damiana, Star Anise, Bay
Henbane – Tobacco
Hyssop – Lavender
Ivy – Cinquefoil
Jasmine – Rose
Juniper – Pine
Lavender – Rose
Lemon Grass – Lemon Peel
Lemon Verbena – Lemon Grass, Lemon Peel
Mace – Nutmeg
Mandrake – Tobacco
Mastic Gum – Gum Arabic, Frankincense
Mint – Sage
Mistletoe – Mint, Sage
Mugwort – Wormwood
Neroli Oil – Orange Oil
Nightshade – Tobacco
Nutmeg – Mace, Cinnamon
Oakmoss – Patchouli
Orange- Tangerine Peel
Orange Flower – Orange Peel
Patchouli – Oak Moss
Peppermint – Spearmint
Pepperwort – Rue, Grains of Paradise, Black Pepper
Pine – Juniper
Pine Resin – Frankincense, Copal
Red Sandalwood – Sandalwood and Dragons Blood
Rose – Yarrow
Rose Geranium – Rose
Rue – Rosemary, w/pinch of Black Pepper
Saffron – Orange Peel
Sandalwood – Cedar
Sarsaparilla – Sassafras
Sassafras – Sarsaparilla
Spearmint – Peppermint
Sulfur – Tobacco; Club Moss, Asafetida
Thyme – Rosemary
Tobacco – Bay
Tonka Bean – Dear Tongue, Woodruff, Vanilla Bean
Trefoil – Cinquefoil
Valerian – Asafetida
Vanilla – Woodruff, Deer Tongue, Tonka Bean
Vetivert – Calamus
Wolfsbane – Tobacco
Wood Aloe – Sandalwood w/Ambergris Oil
Woodruff – Deer Tongue, Vanilla
Wormwood – Mugwort
Yarrow – Rose
Yew – Tobacco

I is for Dragon’s Blood Ink

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Dragon Blood Ink

 

Items You Will Need:

1 part of powdered Dragon’s Blood Resin

12 – 15 parts of Alcohol

1 part of Arabic Gum

A few drops of essential oil of Cinnamon or Myrrh

Make all your resin a powder and add the ground Arabic Gum. Then add the alcohol just a little bit every time, till all the powder is dissolved completely. This might take some time.

Filter through a strainer on which you have attached a piece of cloth (clean piece of cloth, a cloth you will not need again).

Store the ink in a bottle and inscribe on it the name of the ink. Keep on your altar ready to be used.

Best time to make this ink is during the Waxing Moon.