Making your own Incense

making your own incense

Please take care when making your own Incense

Incense, representing the element of air in most rituals, is quite easy to make. In making incense you will need to measure some liquids by the dram. 

Conversion Chart:

* 1/8 fluid ounce = 1 dram = 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon.
* 1/4 fluid ounce = 2 drams = 1 and 1/4 teaspoons or 1/2 tablespoon.
* 1/2 fluid ounce = 4 drams =1 tablespoon.
* 3/4 fluid ounce = 6 drams = 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 tablespoon.
* 1 fluid ounce = 8 drams = 2 tablespoons.

The following recipes are all for granular incense, the type one burns on a round of charcoal. 

DO NOT USE CHARCOAL BRIQUETS! They give off poisonous fumes when burned indoors.

To make the incense, first powder all your solid ingredients and mix them well in your mortar and pestle. In a separate container, mix all of the liquid ingredients. Dissolve the saltpetre in the liquids.
*Slowly* add the liquids to your powdered mixture. Spread in a small tin pan or plastic container that you do not plan to use for food any longer and allow to dry.

The drying time varies but usually takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
When dry, simply crumble up your incense. It is now ready to burn. Several of the following recipes call for Tincture of Benzoin. To make your own powder 2 ounces of benzoin gum and add 4 ounces of water and 12 ounces of alcohol. Keep this mixture bottled and capped tightly for two weeks but do shake it daily. After two weeks, strain the liquid and bottle it for future use.

We are not responsible for any adverse reactions to any incense displayed on this website proceed at your own risk.


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