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Incense  
Blue Berry Burn to keep unwanted influences away from your home and
property
Blue Roses Specially crafted to honor the Goddess in all her
aspects
Carnations A sweet floral scent traditionally used for healing
Cherry Sacred to Venus, this blend will attract and stimulate love
Cinnamon Use to gain wealth and success
Coconut Burn for protection and purification
Copal Sacred to the Mayan and Aztecs, this blend is suitable for honouring
the Gods
Frangiapani Burn to brighten your home with friendship and love
Frankincense Draw upon the energy of the sun to create sacred space,
consecrate objects, and stimulate positive vibrations
Honeysuckle Burn for good health, luck, and psychic power
Jasmine For luck in general, especially in matters relating to love
Lotus For inner peace and outer harmony, to aid in meditation and open
the mind's eye
Musk Burn for courage and vitality, or to heighten sensual
passion
Myrrh An ancient incense for protection, healing, purification and
spirituality
Passionflower For peace of mind, this sweet scent will soothe troubles and
aid in sleep
Patchouli Patchouli An earthy scent used in money and attraction spells
Pine Burn for strength, and to reverse negative energies
Rose For love magick, and to return calm energies to the home
Sandalwood A delicious all purpose scent used to heal and protect, also for
purification
Spice A fiery scent to be charged for any magick
Spirit Raise your personal vibration, attract spirit guides and honor your
personal deity
Strawberry For love, luck and friendship
Tangerine A solar aroma used to attract prosperity
Temple A devotional incense for the altar during ritual
Vanilla Stimulate amorous appetites and enhance memory
 
 
 
How to Make Incense
By Leslie Quinn
 
Incense has been burning on alters and in homes for over 5,000 years. There
are four basic forms of
incense--loose, cone, cylinder or stick. Choices of scents come from
berries, bark, flowers, gums,
leaves, roots, seeds, spices, wood. Some herbs do not burn like they smell,
such as peppermint,
which smells quite unpleasant when burned. You can test a scent by
sprinkling a pinch of your mix on
charcoal first, keeping a record of what works and smells pleasing.
 
A recipe for incense always has five ingredients: an aromatic substance, a
base of wood powder
(sandalwood, vetiver, cedar etc.) saltpeter or potassium nitrate (the
igniting substance), a glue (gum
arabic or tragacanth) and liquid (water, wine, brandy, olive oil, rosewater,
etc.). Frequently used
ingredients are (frankincense, myrrh, benzoin, copal, rose petals, bay,
cinnamon, pine needle
resin and others.
 
Loose noncombustible incense is easiest to make. Combine finely powdered
leaf, bark, flower, root
etc. with a few drops of liquid or oils. Mix by hand, label and store in a
jar. Burn this incense on
charcoal. You may also scent a "blank" incense stick with a few drops of
your favorite essential
oil--very simple!
 
Recipe for Cone Incense...
6 parts powdered sandalwood (or cedar, pine, juniper)
2 parts powdered benzoin (frankincense, myrrh etc.)
1 part ground orris root
6 drops of essential oil
3 to 5 parts loose incense mixture
 
Mix all ingredients in the order given and weigh. Add 10% of total weight
of saltpeter, mix and add gum arabic "glue" one teaspoon at a time - it's a
bit messy and sticky. Roll cones thin and shape approximately 1 3/4"
long. Cones will shrink and dry in two to seven days. Continue to turn
cones to assure even drying without cracking. Start drying in upright
position. Cones will burn 10-25 minutes.
 
 
Stick incense involves dipping bamboo sticks repeatedly into your cone
incense mix until your
desired thickness is achieved, changing the mixture between dippings. Are
there "rules" for making
combustible incense? YES: Never add more than 10% saltpeter of total incense
weight, keep woods
and gum resin in proportion--use twice the amount of powdered woods as
resin. Frankincense,
myrrh etc. should never be more than a third of the final mixture.
 
For more wonderful formulas and recipe ideas, refer to the sourcebooks
listed below. Add the magic
of scent to your daily ritual, personally created by you!
 
Sources:
Wylundt's Book of Incense, Samuel Weiser Press
The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews, by Scott Cunningham
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