This is a quick diy guide on natural incense making. My favorite local pagan bookstore, Phoenix and Dragon had it as one of the classes. I have been previously to their vision board class but had not been back in a while. This class seemed too good to miss. I love incense, and I love natural ways to make things. I had to go!
The teacher was Carl Neal. He wrote a few books on incense, one being, Incense: Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents. He was Oregon based. His class was simple and very easy to follow. He explained that most incense are made of synthetic and can in some cases emit formaldehyde in some . Any kinds that say dipped/double dipped is a code for synthetic incense.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
I made lavender incense and sandalwood for two separate sets of incense. These scents are called the aromatic component. This component is the smell. You can use resins and herbs. This is where the incense names come from. In the West, we name them by the smell, but in the East, they are named by the feeling.
- Red Sandalwood powder 5 teaspoons
- Lavender 1/2 teaspoons
- Guar Gum 1/4 teaspoon
- Water 3 3/4 teaspoon
Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients Together
Mix everything together with a wooden stick.
Step 3: Add Water ( Can be salt water/ wild water/ distilled)
I rolled everything into a ball. Let me mention that I used gloves for this. Non-latex gloves.
Step 3: Make Everything Into A Ball
After this, I just rolled little cones. I made sure there were no cracks, and that it was not too gummy. These are two different types. The second one was made with sage (instead of sandalwood).
Step 4: Form Into Cones
Hope you were able to make your own incense!