Today was incense making day! Since I got an ask from an anonymous person asking me how I make my incense, I will tell you a lil’ bit about it – actually, all about it, because it’s oh so easy!
I start by choosing the herb and resin I will combine to form my incense. I normally make it with one type of herb and resin only, cause I think it is easier to match the fragrances this way. The ones I am using here are a mix of french lavender buds with alfazema and frankincense resin. Those herbs are different species from the same genus, so they are close enough for me to put them together. (Alfazema’s fragrance resemble camphor a little bit, so if you think lavender smells really strong and sweet, try mixing both.)
After that, I put everything in my mortar, with 3 parts herbs for 1 part resin, and use the pestle to turn all of this into something like a powder – mugwort, for example, will not turn into powder even if you spend the rest of your life on this quest. The powder texture is not mandatory, you can make this work even with somewhat big fragments of herbs. I just think that it burns more evenly this way. Do not worry, try your best and work with the results!
With the mix of herbs and resin, you have two options: light a charcoal disc and sprinkle your mix over it or turn your mix into cone incense.
First option is pretty self-explanatory: grab your charcoal disc with some utensil (pincers, tweezers, pliers, you name it), put it close to fire and let it burn until it starts to get white on the surface. Then carefully put it into a fireproof container, sprinkle your mix on top of it and BAM! Loose incense burning!
Second option is not that difficult: instead of burning the mix on top of the charcoal, you will put a bit of charcoal and a little bit of water onto your powdered incense to make a paste so you can mold it into cones and let it dry. When adding the charcoal, remember: more charcoal, more smoke, the incense will burn faster; less charcoal, less smoke, the incense will burn slower and you will probably have to light it more than once. Charcoal smoke can be really irritating to your nose, eyes, throat and lungs, so I do recommend using as little as possible. I personally add 1/8 of a charcoal disc for 4 teaspoons of incense powder. The amount of water should be just enough to make a paste easily moldable. Then take a ball of paste, mold it into a cone (I use my left thumb as a base and mold the ball using my right index and thumb) and let it dry. This can take from 2 days to 2 week, depending on the cone size that you make. After the waiting, don’t forget to only burn it on top of a fireproof container, and enjoy your homemade incense!
Extra tip: if you want to add more fragrance to your incense, you can always add a few drops of essential oil to it. Just do not overdo it: remember that the smell gets a lot stronger while burning!
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