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Make Your Own Aromatherapy Incense

by Andrea Butje on November 28, 2016

When I say “Aromatherapy incense,” what comes to mind?

Do you picture a bowl of chunky resin? Dried herbs and spices? Natural incense sticks or cones made with essential oils?

What about all three? 

One of the fun things about making loose Aromatherapy incense is how creative you can be. You have such a wide variety of natural plant materials to choose from, and they’re all so beautiful—from the unrefined look of raw resins, to the papery texture of some dried herbs. Working with them can make you feel so connected to nature. (You can see a good example in the picture above, taken by our own Mina!)

So I’d like to share an Aromatherapy incense blend that combines resin, herbs, and essential oil.

It’s made in a base of Frankincense resin, which has been used in Egypt, North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula for over 5000 years. It’s been used in so many different ways, but one of the most traditional uses is to purify space for rituals.

Frankincense-Rosemary-Pine Incense

  • 2 oz (56 gm) Frankincense resin (Boswellia carterii)
  • ½ oz (14 gm) dried Rosemary leaves (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • 6 drops Pinon Pine essential oil (Pinus edulis)

First blend the Rosemary leaves and the Frankincense resin together, then drop your Pinon Pine essential oil right into your blend. You can stir the incense gently as you drop the oil in, so it’s more evenly distributed. Pinon Pine adds a fresh, coniferous note.

I love the addition of Rosemary in this recipe. Like Frankincense, it was used in ancient times to cleanse a space. It also symbolized friendship and remembrance. Those are just some positive associations that bring a smile to my face when I burn Rosemary!

Let your incense dry for a few days.

You can burn it any time you want to bring the beauty of the natural world inside, or just to remind yourself that every day is special.

I like to burn loose incense on bamboo charcoal tabs. Be sure to use a heat-safe incense burner (such as ceramic). Sometimes I’ll even use two charcoal tabs side by side, so I can use more incense and create a more expansive aroma. Don’t worry about getting the incense in a perfect little pile on top of the charcoal. Any part of the incense touching the charcoal will burn.

Enjoy it!

Why does incense play such a key role in so many medicinal and spiritual traditions around the world?

How does incense work to help us access deeper levels of wisdom and healing?

Can you tap into these properties of incense and enhance your essential oil practice?

I can answer the last question for you . . . YES! When you understand how to use incense and how to “listen” to it, you can bring new dimensions to your Aromatherapy practice. My friend Eric, owner of the Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine, can answer the first 2 questions and so much more!

The “Listening to Incense” Home Study Course is offered by the Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine. It can teach you how to use incense in traditional and modern ways, so you can bring nuance and wisdom to your Aromatherapy practice. You’ll have the opportunity to experience for yourself why so many people love incense, and how it can put us in touch with your own roots, your own wisdom, and your ability to connect with the world in meaningful ways. Learn more about the course!

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: handmade incense, Recipes and Blends, Frankincense, how to make incense, natural incense

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