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    Make Opopanax and Copal Resin Incense

    by Andrea Butje on January 23, 2017

    I love using materials from the natural world to scent my home.

    There are so many fun ways to do this! You can diffuse essential oils and make room sprays. You can burn incense sticks or cones.

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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? 

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    Making Frankincense and Myrrh Resin Incense

    August 22, 2016

    Walking through the spice markets in Dubai, I saw baskets and bins full to overflowing with exotic, chunky resins—including Frankincense and Myrrh resins. I love Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils and resins. When I visit places like the outdoor markets in Dubai, the raw resins are a perfect part of the atmosphere—it’s a bustling marketplace, rich with the exotic scents of spices heaped in baskets, vibrant colors around every corner, and loud merchants selling jewelry and wraps and rugs.  […]

    How To Make Incense Sticks with Essential Oils

    February 16, 2015

    Learn to make incense sticks with essential oils. I love burning incense! Loose incense, stick incense, cone incense—I’m a fan of them all! I especially love to make my own incense and customize the scent. […]

    Natural Incense: An Interview with Phytognosis

    February 24, 2011

    Jeremy Bechelli of Phytognosis took the time to speak to us about the process of making natural incense and the methods he uses. We were especially intrigued by his knowledge and his unique spiritual take on processing incense. Visit his Esty store and purchase some of his high quality incense--he has offered any Aromahead blog reader a 10% discount for the month of March! Use the code: Aromaheadblog10 Jeremy, can you tell us about your business and the process of making incense? The name Phytognosis comes from the Greek word phyto meaning "plant," and gnosis meaning "knowledge." We are dedicated to making 100% natural products derived from plants that aid in spiritual attainment. Each product is made from organic or ethically wild crafted botanicals, taking care to respect the Earth. We use no cheap fillers in our incense blends and only use the highest quality plant resins, roots, woods, oils, and leaves in our blends. We are more than happy to discuss custom work involving incense, oils, powders, inks, tinctures, or other brews not currently carried. Because our primary interest is in spirituality, we craft incense blends from classic grimoires, the Bible, Voudon and other African traditions, as well as Hoodoo and Native American traditions. Ancient Egyptian, Celtic, Hindu, and European deities are especially popular for use during ritual. On Incense Production Each blend is meticulously researched prior to construction, using citations from academic and religious sources, as well as folklore and mythology. If there is limited information, no known current botanical species, or no direct translations for certain ancient recipes, I will rely on my intuition to make the blend as authentic as possible. A great example of this is in the Kyphi recipe scribed on the Temple of Horus walls at Edfu. One ingredient is listed as “Peker,” but Egyptologists and botanists haven’t identified the botanical species, making all modern Kyphi not exactly 100% authentic. […]

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