There are two forms of incense:
Combustible Incense - used when forming mixtures into incense
cones or by adding a combustible material directly to the
incense mixture, usually Potassium Nitrate. This give the
common sparking effect when the incense is placed on to
Non-combustible Incense - this is a loose incense as would
be commonly used during rituals. The combustible element
being provided by the charcoal, either natural of self-igniting.
All ingredients are added in pre-determined quantities,
after grinding and mixing. The incense is burnt within an
incense burner, which is usually a cup or bowl made of metal.
To ensure that you create the necessary links to the cosmic
energies we strongly recommend that you make all your equipment
that you use during you working, if it is possible. There
is energy to a self-made burner that cannot be put into
words; it blends perfectly with the burning of natural incense.
In order to make aromatic incense mixtures, it is strongly
recommended they you use high quality natural ingredients.
Start with some of your favorite woods and spices and experiment
with new substances, possible taken from your own garden,
as you become more comfortable and at ease with the process.
Try to always use at least one resin or wood in your mixture
as a base as this will assist the burning process.
Sandalwood is common to almost every incense formula, and
serves as a base aroma as well as a burning agent. Resins
like frankincense are more difficult to burn and must be
used in much lower percentages to burning agents such as
sandalwood. Otherwise, your incense won't burn properly
and may me too smoky or keep going out.
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1. Decide which incense recipe you are going to use and
collect the necessary ingredients.
2. Grind your ingredients by ingredient classification.
Grind woods first, then dried herbs and saving the resins
for last. If the resin is soft place it in a deep freeze
for an hour or two to make it easier to grind.
3. Mix all your dry ingredients together first, woods and
herbs, then your separately mixed ground resins.
4. If adding any essential oils, add with the resins.
5. Keep mixture in an airtight container until the time
comes that you wish to use the incense.
Some makers of incense suggest that you should not try to
use your incense mixture for a couple of weeks as this gives
the mixture time to infuse and the energies to subtly combine.
Lastly, heat your incense mixture over charcoal. Try to
use natural charcoal as it is the best and most natural
method of burning incense. However, be warned it can sometime
be difficult to ignite. If you experience this just pour
a small amount of methylated spirit on to the charcoal and
Remember to pour the spirit onto the charcoal prior to the
operation you are carrying out. When the coals covered with
a light white ash you can commence to burn your incense
on the coals.
Some of the most common Resins, Woods and Herbs used in
Benzoin - Siam
Benzoin - Sumatra
5 parts ground Natural Charcoal.
1 part ground Benzoin.
2 parts ground Sandalwood.
1 part ground Orris root as a fixative.
If you wish to add any essential oils then 6 drops is adequate.
Then add appropriate herbs/oil relating to the particular
entity you are working with.
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