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Incense Recipies for Druids and those doing Druidic Studies December 5, 2012

Extruding Incense sticks

Extruding Incense sticks

Incenses for Druids

The following recopies are most appropriate for druidic work, or those engaging in reading, study, grove leading, serious ritual work, or other work.  I also have posted an introduction to incense making as well as recipes for bards and ovates.

 

I suggest growing and/or wildharvesting as much of your ingredients as you possibly can (ethically, of course). This allows not only for more sustainable incense making, but also for you to work with the energies of the plants throughout the process.  See my previous post for more information. These recipes were created by myself and members of Crescent Birch Grove; some of them were adapted from other sources (as noted) and the rest are fully original creations.  I hope you enjoy!

 

Notes: Cone/stick incenses form a incense clay that you can then shape into cones, sticks, spirals etc.  They need about a week to two weeks of drying time before you use them.  If your incense doesn’t burn, or won’t stay burning after lit, it needs more woody materials (base materials).  Please see my earlier post for more details.  Powder incenses must be burnt on a charcoal block; they will not burn by themselves.

 

 Incense for Intellectual Purposes

An incense for reading, writing, focus, and serious study.

  • 1/2 part sassafras root (dried and ground) (success)
  • 1 part juniper berries (strength, fire, will, communication)
  • 1 part sage (air, communication, intellectual freedom, wisdom)
  • 2 parts benzoin (air)
  • 1 part frankincense (courage, focus)
  • Orange essential oil (several drops, to your preference) (physical energy, purification)

Grind up all ingredients and add essential oil last.

 

Druid Grove Incense (powder)

An energy-raising incense appropriate for grove work.

  • 4 parts frankincense
  • 4 parts myrrh
  • 2 parts benzoin
  • 1 part sandalwood
  • ½ part cinnamon
  • ½ part rosemary
  • ½ part bay
  • ½ part yarrow or vervain
  • ½ part white willow

 

Focus Incense (Cone/Stick)

For clearing the mind, grounding, and focusing for various activities. This is really nice for reading and study as well as discursive meditation

  • ½ part vanilla essential oil (empowering, mental powers)
  • ½ part violet (peace, protection)
  • ½ part lavenar (peace, purification)
  • ½ part Cedar (removing negativity, spirituality)
  • ½ part Vervain (grounding, earth-based for calming)
  • 4 parts Makko (binder/base)  (you can use 4 parts cedar + 1 part guar gum if you don’t have Makko)
  • Use vanilla brandy to put it together if you have it, if not, water will work fine (water)

 

Unblocking Incense (powder)

Incense to unblock you and get you moving forward.

  • 1 part pine resin (I use scotts pine I gather locally)
  • 1 part benzoin
  • 2 parts dragon’s blood resin
  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil (1 part = 1 teaspoon, add more if you are using a larger part measure)
  • 1 part frankincense
  • 1 part cedar

 

Honoring Spirits and Guides Incense (Cone/Stick)

This incense was formulated for regular burning in honor of spirit guides and spirits of the land. 

  • 6 parts sandalwood (spirituality)
  • 1 part lavender (raise and summon spirits)
  • 1 part thyme (for nature spirits)
  • 1 part sassafras bark (for connection to the land; substitute bark appropriate for your area)
  • 1 part frankincense (offering itself)
  • 1 pinch agrimony (druid herb, protection for spirits)
  • 1 part guar gum (binder)
  • Ritual water for binding (should be water that has been consecrated or used in a ritual space.  Our grove has a yearly Imbloc ritual that combines waters, so we usually make our incense from this water).

 

Mixing cone incenase

Mixing cone incense

Wealth of Vision Incense (powder)

For seeing in multiple ways and on multiple realms.

  • 3 parts red cedar
  • 2 parts cinnamon
  • 3 parts eyebright
  • 2 parts mugwort
  • 2 parts lemongrass
  • 2 parts dandelion
  • 2 parts orange peel
  • 2 parts sandalwood
  • 12 drops apple blossom essential oil (assuming 1 teaspoon = 1 part)
 

Incense Recipies for Ovates and those doing Ovate Studies December 2, 2012

Incenses for Ovates

The following recopies are most appropriate for ovate work, or those engaging in divination, mysteries, and other spiritual pursuits.  I also have posted an introduction to incense making as well as recipes for bards and druids.

I suggest growing and/or wildharvesting as much of your ingredients as you possibly can (ethically, of course). This allows not only for more sustainable incense making, but also for you to work with the energies of the plants throughout the process.  See my previous post for more information. These recipes were created by myself and members of my grove; some of them were adapted from other sources (as noted) and the rest are fully original creations.  I hope you enjoy!

Notes: Cone/stick incenses form a incense clay that you can then shape into cones, sticks, spirals etc.  They need about a week to two weeks of drying time before you use them.  If your incense doesn’t burn, or won’t stay burning after lit, it needs more woody materials (base materials).  Please see my earlier post for more details.  Powder incenses must be burnt on a charcoal block; they will not burn by themselves.

 

Incense in progress

Incense in progress

Tree Divination (Ovate) Recipe (Powder)
This is a recipe I created for use with the Tarot of Trees. Its also an all around wonderful smelling and working for any kind of divination or psychic work.

  • 1 part frankincense (powdered)
  • 1 part red sandalwood (powdered)
  • 1 part cinnamon
  • 1 part crushed juniper berries
  • 1/10th part sweet orange essential oil (or to your scent preference)
  • ½ part lemongrass (or less)
  • ½ part yarrow (or less)

Powder the frankincense and juniper berries separately first. Resins are tricky to powder–a circular motion works best.  Juniper berry likewise can be tricky–sticking it in the freezer for about 20 min makes it way easier to make smaller – it doesn’t really ever “powder” completely.  Once you have those two ingredients prepared, add the rest of the ingredients except the essential oil.  Add the oil after the rest and grind well.  Best made around Beltane or Samhuinn, as this is when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest.

 

Tree Divination (Cone Incense)

This is a very similar recipe to the one above, but this one is combustible, so it burns on its own and does not need a charcoal block.

  • 1/8 part yarrow – powdered
  • ¼ part lemongrass powder
  • 1 part frankincense
  • 2 parts sandalwood powder
  • Tiny bit of sweet orange oil
  • ½ part pine resin
  • 8 parts Makko (can replace with 1 part gwar gum and increase sandalwood powder to 6 parts)

 

Spirit Guide Incense

An incense for working with and honoring spirit guides and totem animals.

  • 3 parts frankincense
  • 2 parts sandalwood
  • 1 part pine/conifer resin
  • 2 parts sweetgrass
  • 1 part sage
  • 1 part pine needles (white pine works well)
  • ½ part white willow
  • ½ part sassafras root
  • 1 part cedar
  • 1 part lemongrass
  • 1 part lavender essential oil

 

Healing Incense #1 (cone/stick)

An incense that Reiki Master Briel created for use with Reiki healing sessions.

  • 7 parts sandalwood
  • 1 part myrrh
  • 1 part Juniper Berry
  • 1/3 part peppermint
  • 1 part guar gum binder
  • 6 parts water (preferably rain water)

 

Dreaming of What May Come Incense (Powder)

To encourage prophetic dreams.

  • 1 part mugwort
  • 1 part hyssop
  • 1 part canadula flower / marigold
  • 3 parts osha root
  • 3 parts dragon blood
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 7 drops orange oil

Based on a ½ teaspoon part (for oils).

 

Earth Liberation and Happy Trees Incense

This incense was formulated to burn to help lift sadness and anger from the land; to replace it with peace and happiness. 

  • 4 parts sandalwood – protection, wishes, healing
  • 2 parts lavender oil – when mixed with sandalwood, used to conjure good spirits
  • 3 parts cinnamon – healing
  • Pinch vervain – protection, purification, peace, healing
  • Pinch daisy – happy spirits
  • Pinch Thyme
  • 2 parts red amber powder
  • 1 pinch diamana
  • 1 pinch hibiscus
  • 2 parts dragon’s blood
  • 4 parts makko (or replace with 1 part guar gum, 3 parts sandalwood)

 

Red Moon Incense (Incense for Women’s Magical Work)

Created for some wonderful women in my life!

  • 3 parts sandalwood – moon energies, spirituality, meditation, protection, wishes
  • 1 part frankenscense – spirituality and meditation
  • 2 parts cedar – enhances spirituality
  • 1 part myrrh – healing, enhancing spirituality, meditation
  • ¼ part milkweed – draws moon, faeries, protection, dreams, divination
  • ½ part anise – protection purification, call forth spirits to aid in magical operations
  • 1 part ginger (powdered)
  • ¼ part eyebright
  • 1 part guar gum
  • Wine for mixing it up? (This made it smell weird, so maybe its not for everyone).

Ancestor Incense

For communing or working with your ancestors.

  • Graveyard pine or Yew (pinch); (e.g. some confier gathered in a graveyard or other sacred space where the spirits may be near)
  • Cedar  – ½ part
  • Mistletoe – pinch
  • Sandalwood – 1 part
  • Orange Peel – ½ part
  • Copal – 1 part
  • Lavender – ½ part

Healing the Sick Incense (powder)

An incense for healing the sick or purging oneself of illness.

  • 2 parts rosemary – sleep, purification, healing, protection
  • 2 parts osha root – healing
  • 1 part sweetgrass – call positive spirits
  • ½ part juniper
  • Orange oil (to scent level you desire)