How to make a fresh loose incense for Samhain

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I love making fresh loose incense… So fresh and aromatic, and easy to make, and you can guarantee the purity of the elements!

This is one of my favourite formulations, especially at Samhain: a mixture of frankincense and myrrh resins plus the fresh woody aromatic scents of cedar, rosemary and juniper.

And if you prefer working with essential oils, you can use this same formulation with EOs instead of fresh ingredients (1 part = 1 drop, if you plan to use in a diffuser)

FORMULATION
3 parts frankincense
2 parts myrrh
1 part cedar
1 part juniper
1 part rosemary

TIPS
“Parts” refer to the unit of measurement and ratio of the blend. Depending on the amount you want to make, 1 part could be as little as 1/4 tsp. Whether you measure by weight (grams) or volume (1 tsp, 1 tbsp etc), use the standard of “1 part” to measure each ingredient. So if 1/4 tsp was your measurement for 1 part, then 3 parts would be 3/4 tsp, etc.

Grind each ingredient separately so you can more easily measure out the amount of parts.

Chill your resins before grinding. Use a mortar and pestle to grind them (they will clog a grinder). It’s also a great idea to have a mortar and pestle just for grinding resins.

The other botanicals can be very finely chopped, and can also be ground further in your mortar and pestle.

Play with the formula and adjust it to suit your preferences. Missing an ingredient? Just substitute some similar.

Measure out the ground ingredients and mix in a bowl or cup, then store in a tightly sealed jar. Label with the date made, and list the ingredients by part from most to least (3 parts frankincense, etc)

USING YOUR INCENSE
Light a charcoal disk and place into a fireproof vessel.

Add a pinch of your loose incense to the smouldering disk and enjoy the lovely aroma, as it’s released by the Fire element.

Do not leave unattended and be sure your charcoal is completely extinguished when done burning the incense.

If you are enjoying a fire – either outdoors or in your fireplace – you can also throw a handful of your loose incense mixture into the fire. Do so very carefully!!!

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