Incense Recipes

Incense Recipes

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From: “Lecia Blackman” <>

Date: Sat Aug 19, 2000 12:13pm

Subject: INFO: Dragon Incenses

Dragon Breath

1/3 cup sassafrass

1 tbs cedar wood powedered (or small chips)

1 tbs dragon’s blood (substitute myrrh or cedar


1/2 tbs rosemary leaves, dry and crushed

2 tbs cinnamon

1/2 tbs nutmeg

1/2 tbs chili powder

Burn on charcoal disks

Dragon Love

Mix 1/3 cup cinnamon with vanilla extract until you

make a muddy paste. Roll into a ball, place on wax

paper and let dry one week.

After week is up, fold the wax paper over the

cinnamon/vannilla and crush with hammer. Grind in

mortar and pestle until fine powder. Mix with

dragon’s blood resin (substitute another resin, if

you don’t have dragon’s blood), add more vanilla

extract and mix into muddy paste again. Roll into

ball, place on wax paper, dry for one week.

Crush again, and grind. Burn on charcoal disks.

From: “Kimberly Adams” <>

Date: Wed Jun 21, 2000 12:35pm

Subject: INFO: Elements Incense

Earth Incense

Earth is usually associated with the direction of north. This element

is feminine in nature, and its attributes include stability,

fertility, prosperity, grounding, money, planting, home life, the

Mother Earth herself, and many types of healing. For the basic earth

incense combine the following:

3 parts patchouli

2 parts pine

1 part bistort

1 part vervain

Other earth-related herbs and plants include barley, cedar, corn silk,

juniper, magnolia, oak bark, soybeans and wheat.

Water Incense

Water is usually assigned to the direstion of west. This is the

element of the natural psychic, one related to pregnancy, birth,

rebirth, death, regeneration, divination, purification, psychic

endeavors, spirit contact, and past life exploration. Water is the

other feminine element. To make the basic water incense try using the

the following:

3 parts lavender

1 part willow bark

1 part catnip

1/4 part valerian

Other water-related herbs and plants include cypress bark, jasmine,

kelp, lotus, moss, mrytle, myrrh, rue, sandalwood chips, seaweed, and


Fire Incense

Fire is a masculine element, one usually associated with the south in

the Northern Hemisphere. Its energies govern the areas of protection,

employment, sex magic, the law, exorcism, strength and courage, and

profound transformations or change. A basic fire incense recipe


4 parts frankincense

3 parts cinnamon

1 part dried orange peels

1/4 part thyme

Other fire-related herbs and plants include allspice, basil, bay,

black pepper, clove, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, onions, and


Air Incense

Air is the other masculine element and it is usually associated with


Areas governed by this element are education, communication, weather

magic, general power raising, and music magic. The following

combination makes a basic air incense:

4 parts rosemary

2 parts mugwart

1 part chicory

1/2 part coffee beans

Other air-related herbs and plants include benzoin, elm bark,

lavender, parsley, sage, spearmint

From: reese mack <>

Date: Sat Jul 8, 2000 9:02am

Subject: INFO: Incense Papers

Merrily Met.

After lurking for quite some time, here is my first submission, a craft that

has proven quite useful to me:


This recipe will produce strips of paper that burn on their own (once lit

and “puffed” out) that, with the application of herbs and/or oils, will

produce a wonderful scent.

I like to use sheets of interesting handmade papers which can be found in

most art stores. Cut the large sheets up into what ever desired sizes you’d


Run down to your local pharmacy and buy (or order) some salt peter

(potassium nitrate). Most will not stock it on-hand. It is legal to sell,

though you will receive a raised eyebrow or two (it’s an unusual request).

Be up-front about what you’re doing– making incense papers that sparkle

when they burn, would you like a sample when I’m done? 😉

Mix two table spoons of potassium nitrate to each cup of VERY hot water. The

water must be VERY hot for the salt peter to dissolve correctly and

completely. Experiment with how much salt peter to dissolve into the water–

too little will cause your paper to burn unevenly and sputter out, too much

will cause it to smoke profusely (the scent of salt peter is not

all-together pleasant). A 2:1 ratio is a good place to start.

Stir the salt peter/hot water vigorously until everything is dissolved.

Assuming you have cut your strips into manageable pieces, you should be able

to roll it up and place it directly into the cup. Otherwise, lay the

strip(s) out into a Pyrex pan and pour the mixture over it/them.

You may regulate the amount of salt peter contained within the paper, again,

at this point. Either remove the paper immediately after becoming completely

soaked (for less salt peter) or allow the water to evaporate naturally (for

more salt peter). The evaporation process can be sped up by placing the cup

or pan out in the sun. I tend to use the latter method for more salt peter,

but experiment on your own.

Hand your papers up to dry. I usually drape them over a wire coat hanger and

hand it in the wash room (one of the driest, warmest rooms in the house).

Once they are completely dry, you should have slightly-stiff pieces of

paper. You can bend and roll them to loosen them up, if you wish.

To add scent, place a few drops of oil, evenly along the strip. Use your

finger or other Tool to spread evenly. Allow the oil to soak in and dry

completely before attempting to burn. To add herbs, there are a couple of

methods that work. The first involves allowing your papers to remain in

their “stiff” state. Crease it down the middle (the stiffness will allow it

to hold this shape) and then sprinkle herbs in the trough you’ve formed. The

other involves loosened, rolled paper. Lay the paper flat, placing herbs

along the entirety of the strip. Start rolling at one end, tying the roll up

with string when you’re finished. I’ve found it helpful to go ahead and lay

a portion of the string onto the paper before you begin rolling so that a

part of the string is rolled up into the bundle. It is an easy matter to

wrap the rest of it around the roll, tying it off at the end. Sometimes I

dab a finger dot of wax onto the string instead of tying it.

Keep in mind that this is paper– you might want to think of writing

something on it. Spells and wishes are easily sent (on scent) this way. Use

different colored papers and different colored threads– color magick is in

effect too, you know.

Now it’s time to use what you’ve created. I usually just toss the rolls into

the fire in my cauldron (or in my censor). The strips, I light and then puff

out the flame. The paper will burn and sparkle, releasing whatever scent

you’ve added. Remember that too much salt peter will cause it to smoke

profusely and put off a foul odor. Consider outdoor applications until you

get your mixture “just so.”

Salt peter is an oxidizer, which means it doesn’t really burn on its own,

but it does promote the burning of whatever material it comes in contact

with. Store this chemical separately, in a closed container and away from

heat. My batches of potassium nitrate always come from the Professional

Compounding Centers of America (Inc.) in Houston, Texas (1-800-331-2498).

Enjoy! and..

Brightest Blessings.

reese mack


reawakening symbolic consciousness.

(reese mack can be found at — moving

soon to SOLUNA.ORG)

From: lyz <>

Date: Mon Apr 3, 2000 10:26am



Pagan Power Incense (For Ritual Energy)

1 T cinnamon

1 T anise seed

1 t nutmeg

1 t ginger

1 t dry lemon peel

1 t lemon extract

1 t peppermint extract

Dry petals of 3 white roses

Riches and Favors Incense (Burn when you need favors and wealth)

2 parts benzoin

1 part wood aloe

1/2 part pepperwort

1/2 part clove


Love Incense (To attract love, strengthen love you have, to expand your

ability to give and receive love)

2 parts sandalwood

1/2 part basil

1/2 part bergamot

a few drops rose oil

a few drops lavendar oil

Kitchen Witchen Incense (House Blessing)

2 T dry lemon peel

1 T rosemary

1 T almond extract

1 t cinnamon

1 pinch garlic skins

1 tanise seed

1 t allspice

1 t coconut extract

1 pinch salt

House Purification Incense (For once-a-month house cleansing; burn in

new home before moving in)

3 parts frankincense

2 parts Dragon’s Blood

1 part myrrh

1 part sandalwood

1 part wood betony

1/2 part dill seed

a few drops rose geranium oil


Business Incense (To attract customers)

2 parts benzoin

1 part cinnamon

1 part basil

From: lyz <>

Date: Mon Mar 27, 2000 9:14am

Subject: INFO: Table of Incenses and Oil

Table of Incenses and Oil


The following will be useful in making up your own incences, if you are so

inclined. However, there are several reputable Pagan businesses that can

provide you with the correct formula. If you use oil on the charcoal, only use

a drop or two at a time.



1.anointing-acacia, angelica, carnation, rose, cinquefail, frankincense,

jasmine, lavendar, lily of the valley, lotos, myrrh, rosemary, and vervain.

2.balance- jasmine, orange, and rose.

3.banishing.releasing- cedar, cloves, cypress, patchouli, rose, rue,

violet, bentony, elder, fern, mugwart, St.Johnswort, vervain, and yarrow.

4. binding- apple, cayenne, dragon’s blood, cypress, pine, pepper, rowan,

and wormwood

5. blessing/consecration- carnation, cypress, lotos, rue, rosemary,

elder, frankincense.

6. changes- peppermint, dragon’s blood, and woodruff

7. claivoyance/divination- cinniman, lilac, acacia, laurel, eyebright,

honeysuckle, marigold, mugwort, nutmeg, rose, thyme, wormwood, yarrow, hazel,

rowan, moonwort, and dittany of Crete

8. Creativity- honeysuckle, lilac, lotos, rose, vervain, savory, and

wild cherry

9. cursing- blacktorn, elder, pepper

10. determination/courage- allspice, musk, mullein, rosemary, and dragon’s blood

11. energy/power/strength- allspice, bay, carnation, oak, holly, lotos, musk,

thyme, verbena, cinnamon, cinqufoil

12.Exorcism- bay, frankencense, lavander, myrrh, pine, rosemary, vervain,

basil, ceder, fern. mullein, pepper, rue, St.Johnswort, wormwood, yarrow

13. new beginning- birch oil

14. good luck/fortune/justice- ceder, lotos, mint, vervain, violet, nutmeg,

bayberry, cinniman, cinquefoil, honeysuckle, chamomile, jasmine, yellowdock

15.happy/harmony/peace- appleblossom, basil, ceder, cypress, fir, jasmine,

lavendar, lilac, lotos, orange, patchouli, rose, rosemary, lily of the

valley, purple loostrife, valerian, vervain.

16.healing- carnation, cinnimon, cliqufoil, clove, lavendar, lotus, myrr, rose,

rosemary, sandlewood, apple, laurel, wildcherry, hazel, hops, orange,

peppermint, rowan, savory

17. inspiration/wisdom- cinquefoil, acacia, clove, cypress, fir, hazel, laurel,

reed, rowan, rue, lilly of the valley, oakmoss, rosemary.

18 love- apple blossom, birch, cinquefoil, gardenia, homeysuckle, jasmine.

19. meditation- acacia, angelica, bay, cinnimon, myrrh, jasmine, nutmeg.

20. protection/defense- angelica, bay, cypress, jasime, dragon’s blood,

feverfew, thistle

21. psychic opening- nutmeg, wisteria, mugwort

22. purification/cleansing- bay, laurel, frankincense, oak, woodruff.

23. reincarnation- lilac, sandlewood

24. visions- bay, laurel, dittany of Crete, marigold

25. willpower- rosemary, St.Johnswort.


Date: Wed Sep 22, 1999 0:00am

Subject: INFO: Incense Burner

From: Andrea Ingram <>


You can make great incense burners with flour and salt clay — form in

any shape, poke a hole somewhere with the end of an incense stick and

bake to harden! I made one in the shape of a reclining goddess and the

flour and salt ingredients add a nice touch of earth.


Andrea Ingram


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