If you’ve never burned loose resin incense, it’s very easy.
There’s something soothing about it too—just the sight of the incense smoke rising from the natural loose incense, perhaps out of a beautiful incense burner, can help you feel connected to the moment. You can watch me burn loose incense in this video. (It can help to watch someone do it if you’re new to the process.)
Making your own loose incense recipe can be such fun, too. Working with resins, herbs, and essential oils can put you in touch with a creative side of yourself connected to nature. Not to mention it fills your home with gorgeous aroma!
This is a variation of a popular loose incense recipe I created for YouTube. You can watch me make that here, and follow the same process for this blend. I’ll also share directions for you below.
Make this recipe in a small bowl.
Pine & Resin Loose Incense Recipe
- Small handful of Frankincense resin (Boswellia carterii)
- Small handful of Myrrh resin (Commiphora myrrha)
- Put them both into a bowl and stir them together with your fingers
- Add 1 tsp Rosemary powder (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Add 10 drops Piñon Pine essential oil (Pinus edulis)
Are you thinking, “Andrea, how much is ‘a small handful’ of resin?”
Well, the answer is . . . I don’t actually measure the amount of resin I use when I make loose incense! It’s not a topical or therapeutic blend, so I feel free to get creative.
But if you’d like some more specific measurements to work with, you can use ½ oz (14 g) each of Frankincense and Myrrh.
For the Rosemary powder, I just use dried Rosemary that I’ve ground up into a powder in my coffee grinder. I have a coffee grinder that I reserve especially for Aromatherapy. You can use your regular coffee grinder . . . but your incense might smell a little like coffee. (You might actually prefer that! Ground coffee has a wonderful aroma and is a great loose incense ingredient.)
When I add essential oil to loose incense, I just spread the drops out on the top of the other ingredients. It doesn’t have to be technical.
Stir the ingredients together and let the resin sit out (uncovered) to dry for about 24 hours. Then you can burn it!
I think I should give you a warning about making loose incense . . .
The warning isn’t about being fire-safe, because I know you will do that!
You’ll just need a heat-safe incense burner or surface to put a piece of charcoal on (I like natural bamboo charcoal, since it doesn’t have any lighter fluid in it). Then sprinkle a pinch of incense onto the charcoal.
The “warning” is actually about how much fun using loose incense is!
Once you make this loose incense recipe and start using it, you might get all kinds of ideas for different kinds of blends you can make. A few other ingredients you can play with are:
- Dried orange peel
- Clove buds or powder
- Cardamom powder
Enjoy your harmonious sweet-smelling home!