(Wild)Craft a loose incense for Lughnasadh


A loose incense I made earlier this year using frankincense, sandalwood, roses, dried orange peel and cinnamon bark.

For your Lughnasadh (aka Lammas) rituals, consider crafting your own loose incense for burning on your altar or in a bonfire.

Scott Cunningham suggested this recipe in his book The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews:
🌿 2 parts* Frankincense resin
🌿 1 part Heather
🌿 1 part Apple blossoms (or dried Apple pieces)
🌿 1 pinch Blackberry leaves
🌿 a few drops Ambergris oil

I personally would not recommend ambergris (harvested in the ocean, and secreted from the  digestive system of sperm whales!) but a reasonable substitute would be Cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens), or any oil you have with an evergreen aroma, with a few added drops of Patchouli oil (Pogostemon cablin).

You could also customize by adding local wildcrafted herbs such as yarrow and /or goldenrod, plants such as Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua) and herbs (or essential oils) such as cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), coriander (Coriandrum sativum).

Measuring in *parts allows you to scale a recipe up or down quite easily, simply by choosing your preferred measuring device such as measuring spoons, cups, grams, shot glasses or egg cups! For instance, in this formulation you could use 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon to equal 1 part. If you really liked it, you could scale up so that 1 part = 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 30 grams, etc.

It provides consistency when scaling and measuring and is sometimes referred to as the “simpler’s method”.

Crush all the dry ingredients first with a mortar and pestle and then add the essential oils until blended to your liking. Store in a sealed glass jar, and don’t forget to label with your ingredients so you can make it again….especially if you have customized to your liking. Use a lit charcoal disk to burn this incense at your altar or toss a handful into a bonfire.


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  4. mothermidnight · July 31, 2016

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    yummy! i’d like to try this ❤

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    • Della Ratcliffe · July 31, 2016

      I love making my own loose incense… I’m inspired by formulations I see online or in books but always add something else to personalize it even more 🌿🌿

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      • mothermidnight · July 31, 2016

        i’v never made my own incense before, but i’m really inspired to try! i’ve been gathering things from the land/kitchen today… it’s fun! i have no idea how it’s going to turn out haha. is it a bad idea to use fresh raspberry leaves? would it be better to wait for them to dry? thanks so much! ❤

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      • Della Ratcliffe · July 31, 2016

        If you’re making enough incense for more than one use, I would let them dry for a bit, either overnight or spread out on a cookie tray in the oven on the lowest heat (door open), checking for dryness every 20 minutes or so. If you have a dehydrator even better. The dried leaves will burn better in your incense and – if you are making enough for several uses – will minimize any mould developing. BTW, did you know you could use the dried raspberry leaves for tea? Just a teaspoon infused in boiled water – delicious🌿

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      • mothermidnight · July 31, 2016

        awesome! thanks for the tips! i have had raspberry leaf tea (store bought) and it is so delicious. i’m excited to make my own for sure. thanks again 🙂

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      • Della Ratcliffe · July 31, 2016

        Perfect! Let me know how your incense turns out:)


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