Making Your Own Incense: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-226
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Making Your Own Incense Tina Sams & Maryanne Schwartz CONTENTS The Essence of Incense The Science Behind the Scent Crafting Our First Incense Choosing the Right Ingredients Fragrant Woods Resins Gums Herbs and Spices Essential Oils Pyrotechnics Smudge and Smudge Sticks Making a Smudge Stick Burning a Smudge Stick Loose Noncombustible Incense Burning Loose Noncombustible Mix Loose Combustible Incense Making a Loose Combustible Mix Combustible Cones and Sticks Making Your
loose form. We’ve found the herb to help clear the sinuses. Evergreen needles Evergreens come from a variety of plant families and have a wonderful scent — each species has its own subtle twist. White pine is the “piniest” in our part of the country but there are many other types to choose from. Evergreen needles are sticky and messy to prepare, but the result is so pleasant that it is worth the effort. Most evergreens are considered useful for clearing the head and refreshing the air.
around. For incense, the freshly dried and ground herb work best. Lavender imparts a very fresh, clean scent and is used in aromatherapy to induce relaxation. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Hailing from Guatemala and Peru, lemon-grass has only a subtle scent after being dried. Lemon grass has antiseptic properties and is often burned as an insect repellent. Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) Lemon verbena imparts a long-lasting, strong, pleasant lemon scent that is thought to be relaxing
and helpful for relieving stress. Orrisroot (Iris pallida) Orrisroot is the bulb of the iris. It acts as a preservative and is a popular ingredient in potpourri recipes. It has a faint violet scent. The expensive oil is said to ease respiratory conditions, but we add the powdered herb to incense mixtures for its fixative properties to keep scents from fading. Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) A native of India, patchouli has a scent that we remember from the ‘60s. It originally came into
thoroughly dry, they’re ready to be burned. Until you do so, store the finished incense in airtight containers or zip-seal plastic bags. Alternative Techniques for Stick Incense Sticks are not easy to make. The method we’ve had the most success with is simply rolling out the dough into long snakes, as described in step 7 on page 23. If you’re dead set on making sticks, however, there are a couple of other techniques worth mentioning. Instead of making a dough, add enough glue to make a