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How to Make Incense
Using dried herbs, barks, spices, flowers, and other ingredients make it easy to create your own loose-incense blends for any occasion. Other than the ingredients themselves, making loose incense requires little in the way of tools or equipment. It’s relatively inexpensive to get started with.
What You’ll Need:
- Fresh ingredients
- Mortar and pestle/electric grinder
- Measuring spoons
Loose incense should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. After making your incense, you will need incense charcoal or an incense stove to heat it and release its fragrance.
How to Make Loose Incense
In simple terms, loose incense is a combination of ground, powdered, or chipped natural ingredients such as herbs, flowers, seeds, spices, woods, bark, and resins. Each ingredient has its own fragrance and can be burned for that aspect alone. You can also use other properties these natural items possess such as mood enhancement, relaxation, and meditation.
1. Measure your ingredients into using measuring spoons or if specified by the recipe, digital scales. You can measure them into a bowl or straight into the mortar ready to be ground together. When a recipes states ‘pt’ or ‘parts’, you can adjust the quantity to how much incense you wish to make. For example, if you wish to only make a small amount to test a recipe use a small measure such as ½ or 1 teaspoon as 1 part. For larger quantities, use a tablespoon or even cup measures.
- For larger ingredients such as barks and resin, it is best to grind those separately first before measuring to get a more accurate amount. You can grind everything into a powder if you wish, but a coarser mix will also work fine. Do not leave large pieces in your mixes, as these can cause measuring the incense to be more difficult. This can then affect the fragrance and properties of the incense.
- An electric coffee grinder could be used instead of a pestle and mortar to grind ingredients. It is worth remembering that some of the ingredients you may use in incense making are not suitable and/or safe for human consumption so equipment should be thoroughly cleaned or kept purely for the purpose of making incense. Many ingredients can be bought ready ground so for ease and time saving you can buy these if you prefer or ground a large batch of your own at one time for future use.
2. Combine all the ground ingredients.
3. This loose incense is now ready to be burned. Store the finished mix in ziplock bags, jars, or other similar containers and label with names or recipes for future reference.
- You may also wish to make notes of any adjustments that you would like to make in future batches.
- Store incense in a cool, dry, and dark place such as a cupboard or drawer. Small containers or ziplock bags can also be kept in a larger container such as a tin or wooden box.
1. Business Promoting Incense
- 2pt Benzion
- 1pt Cinnamon
- 1pt Basil
2. Samhain Incense
- 3 pt Frankincense
- 2 pt Myrrh
- 1 pt Rosemary
- 1 pt Cedar
- 1 pt Juniper
3. Relaxing Incense
- 3 pt Sandalwood
- ½ pt Lavender
- ½ pt Marjoram
4. Prosperity Incense
- 1 pt Cloves
- 1 pt Nutmeg
- 1 pt Lemon Balm
- 1 pt Poppy Seeds
- 1 pt Cedar
5. Citrus Incense
- 1 tsp Lemon Peel
- ½ tsp Calamus Root
- ½ tsp Juniper Berries
- ½ tsp Frankincense
How to Make Incense Pellets
Ground loose incense can be made into pellets. They can be heated in an incense stove or by using charcoal. These are simple to make but they do require some drying time. You can’t use them
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Incense is not only a room or air freshener with a pleasant smell, but it has many physical and psychological benefits and spiritual effects on our minds and bodies.
But you’re probably wondering:
What are the effects of Incense on body and mind? Is incense good or bad for your health?
Here are the top 11 benefits of burning Incense:
1. Acts as an air freshener
The most common benefit of incense is that it acts as a natural air freshener or an odor eater with a pleasant smell, and keeps our homes or room fresh.
But it’s not just an air freshener.
Most people who never or seldom use incense often think of it merely as an air freshener and are unaware of the many other benefits it has to the mind and body. Even many regular incense users who use it regularly may not fully appreciate all its physical and psychological benefits.
2. Enhancing Concentration & Focus
Whether it is during study or at work, the use of specific incenses enables clear thinking and helps in developing a state of complete awareness. Monks recognized this benefit of incense long ago and used it during their meditation to clear the air as well as their thoughts. Jewelry makers and other workers who require intense concentration also often use incense to help them focus and to switch back and forth between working under the microscope and working away from it.
3. Stimulating Creativity
Similar to a fun song or beautiful scenery can inspire the imagination, a pleasing aroma can get the creative energy flowing. The many herbal scents of incense can transport one’s mind away to a tropical island, a rain forest, a high range, or any other earthly heaven. The smells of incense can put one in a dream-like state where the imagination is set free to roam.
4. Increasing Motivation and Positive Energy
Incense has long been used by religious and spiritual leaders to purify the air and the soul. Particular incense smoke has antibacterial, fungicidal, and insecticidal properties and, therefore, really does purify the air. It is said that the incense increases positive energy and drives away negative energy. The pure air is like health food for the brain and the body, resulting in an increased motivation and energy level.
5. Boosting Confidence
With increased focus, creativity, and motivation naturally comes increased confidence. When your body is relaxed, and your brain is firing on all cylinders, you’re at your best, and when you’re at your best, you’re at your most confident. Burning incense before a big date, a big test, or a big presentation can increase your confidence and, therefore, your chances of success.
6. Heightening Sexual Desire
Everyone knows that pheromones are nature’s aphrodisiac, which is why they are used in perfumes to attract the opposite sex. Similarly, by indulging the sense of smell, incense acts as a powerful
If there was one thing that bound all the different, competing religions of the world together, it would be burning incense. Whether it is an altar boy burning frankincense during mass or a priest lighting incense sticks during a puja, the smell of incense is something that we can all immediately identify with. Even outside the realm of prayer, lighting incense has a multitude of benefits that can bring calmness to our souls. If it’s good enough for the gods, it’s good enough for us.
1. Reduces Anxiety And Tension
Certain smells have long been believed to have a very real effect on our body. Perhaps the reason behind the calmness of Buddhist monks is that they inhale incense all day. If you’re ever feeling the pressures of life getting to you, try burning some sandalwood or jasmine incense sticks and feel yourself reach nirvana.
2. It Can Help You Sleep Better
Next time your partner wants to buy you a bouquet of roses, hint that he should buy you a box of rose incense sticks instead. Fragrances like rose and lavender soothe your senses and help you fall asleep much faster. Just be sure to burn the sticks in a safe place or you might just sleep through a raging fire.
3. It Can Make You Better To Sleep With
Fragrances can be a powerful aphrodisiac by heightening your senses and making you more aware. If you find you can’t concentrate on your partner’s new moves because of other worries, burn some cinnamon or vanilla fragrance. These two scents are believed to be extremely effective at heightening arousal. Or making you hungry.
So, you don’t feel like getting out of bed today? I understand because sometimes life can be hard, and we don’t want to face it, but it’s also important to realize that those of us who can get out of bed are very lucky indeed! Don’t forget, or neglect to be thankful, because there are a lot of people out there who wish that they could get out of bed….but they can’t because they might have no legs. Or maybe they have legs, but they can’t walk.
Ohhh, so you don’t want to go to work today? Yes, I understand that also because you might have a job where people don’t appreciate you, or they treat you like shit – WHY? Well just because they can! But still in all, try to remember that you are one of the lucky ones, because you have a job…….a job that my be paying your bills so that you and your family can have a safe place to live. You can have a warm and comfortable place that keeps you out of the cold. You have a home where you can go to bed at night, not having to worry about who might try and take your spot on your cardboard box whilst you try to get some sleep next to the garbage dumpster in the alleyway.
Just always try to look on the positive side of things, even though the situation might not be exactly how you want it to be, or even close to how you want it to be at that moment. Also, remember, storms never last forever, and what you may be going through will also have an ending.
Find a white candle (or a candle that is your favorite color). It can be a tapered candle, or even a small tealight. Now take just a few minutes to sit with that candle between your hands as you ground yourself by growing your roots deep into the dark, rich, Mother Earth. Imbue that candle by envisioning your love and power – your intentions going into it.
Sometimes, when I do Candle Magick, I will dig my pointer finger- fingernail into it as I send my intentions into it. For me, it seems the best way to get the MAGICK in there!!
So, decide on the way you wish to imbue your candle (holding it between your hands, the fingernail method or whatever else you feel comfortable with, as long as you are doing it with your power hand….the hand that you normally write with), and start saying either out loud or in your thoughts, that which you are thankful for. Make the time to list, in detail, exactly the things, people, situations and abilities that make you feel thankful. Go deep within yourself. Take the time to do this Ritual with your whole heart. Feel the thankfulness exude from yourself into the candle.
Once you feel that you’ve taken enough time to do this, thank the HIGHER POWER that you believe in, secure the candle so that it won’t catch anything on fire or be disturbed. If possible, use a wooden match and set the flame to the candle wick and watch the Magick of the candle spark to life. Stay with your lit candle as long as you desire, but leave it to SAFELY burn out.
It is very good to do this Ritual as often as you can, as it will help you to truly see all that you have to be thankful for…and more.
I wish you and yours, Bright Magickal Blessings!