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Incense Recipies for Druids and those doing Druidic Studies

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 Bards and Bardic Studies

About a year ago, I posted some general guidelines for how to make incense.  This post describes incense recipes for those studying bardic courses or engaging in bardic activity.  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. My next three posts will provide incense recipes for bards, ovates, and druids, as well as some other miscellaneous stuff.  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 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.

 

Elemental Balance Recipe (Cone/stick)

A woody and calming incense; one that provides balance and strength.

  • 10 parts Cedar (Fire); Woody base
  • 6 parts Sandalwood (Water); Woody base
  • 1 part Honeysuckle (Earth); aromatic
  • ½ part lemongrass essential oil (Air); aromatic

To bind:

  • 1 part Guar Gum (Binder) (Guar Gum can be purchased through a health food store)
  • Water to make the incense into a firm dough

Powder all ingredients very, very finely, adding the oil at the very end of the grinding process.  Once all ingredients are ready, you can add Guar Gum, mixing well. Add enough water to create a firm dough–if you use too much water, you can add more cedar or sandalwood powder.  Once your dough resembles play-dough or sculpey, you can roll out and cut, or shape into small incense cones/blocks/sticks.  Allow it to dry for 1 week and then store in a nice container with a piece of quartz.  Quartz represents creativity and spirit!

Elemental balance!  (Image from my Tarot of Trees, www.tarotoftrees.com)

Elemental balance! (Image from my Tarot of Trees, http://www.tarotoftrees.com)

Awen (Creativity) Incense #1 (Powder)

This incense calls forth the Awen within.

  • ½ part sweetgrass (call spirit helpers)
  • ½ part cinnamon (success, power, passion, empowering)
  • 1 part vanilla
  • 1 part powdered/dried ginger (fire, passion, personal growth)
  • 2 parts frankincense (fire, clairvoyance/clear sight, good luck, success, transformation, inspiration)
  • ½ part yarrow (earth, bringing things forth)

Mix all ingredients in a mortar and pestle and then burn on a charcoal block.

Inspiration Awen Incense #2 (honey nugget, needs charcoal block)

This incense uses honey as a binder.  It has a longer “wait time” until it is usable (several months) and it is burnt on a charcoal block.  But once you wait, it’s a wonderful, wonderful incense for artistic pursuits!

  • 8 parts cedar
  • ½ part clove (powder works better) (creativity)
  • ½ part almond (creativity)
  • 4 parts frankincense (uplifting, higher realm connections)
  • ½ part mistletoe (creativity, fertility)
  • ½  part rose hips or petals (creativity)
  • Enough honey to make it stick together

Mix all ingredients except honey together and pound them till they are are well ground and a fine powder.  Once they are all well mixed;  Add enough honey to wet the recipie (about 1/2 to 1 part) and mix everything together with your fingers.  It will get sticky but it should form into balls.  Form into balls and then let them sit a month or so and they should dry up and you can burn them as incense nuggets on a charcoal block (they won’t burn on their own).

Purification Incense (Powder)

An incense for purification of all kinds.  This was adapted from Cunningham’s basic recipe.

  • 2 parts frankincense
  • 1 part white copal
  • 1 part sandalwood
  • 1 part rosemary
  • 1 pinch finely powdered sea salt
  • Few drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 quartz crystal

Mix all ingredients in a mortar and pestle and then burn on a charcoal block. Store in a jar with a quartz crystal.

House Cleansing Incense (Powder)

Works very well!  You should burn it with the windows open!

  • 3 parts cedar (banish hostile spirits, purification)
  • 2 parts benzoin (purification and protection)
  • 1 part Juniper berry (anti theft, purification)
  • 1 part rosemary (protection, banishment of nightmares and hostile spirits)
  • 1 part sage (purifying and cleansing)
  • 1/2 part valerian (enhances purification and protection, although this stuff really stinks…)
  • 1 part cedar (cleansing negativity, creating sacred spaces)
  • 2 parts frankincense (protection, anti-negativity, creating sacred spaces)

Mix all ingredients in a mortar and pestle and then burn on a charcoal block.

Wish Incense (Cone/stick)

For granting your wildest dreams.  Its also good for faerie magic.

  • ¼ part vanilla (real)
  • 1 part tonka bean (skin)
  • ½ part star anise
  • 1 part amber or frankincense essential oil
  • 3 parts sandalwood
  • ¼ part guar gum (binder, add last)

Note: Make sure you really powder the Tonka bean skin; its really kinda tough to work with–but its worth it!

Powder all ingredients very, very finely, adding the oil at the very end of the grinding process.  Once all ingredients are ready, you can add Guar Gum, mixing well. Add enough water to create a firm dough–if you use too much water, you can add more cedar or sandalwood powder.  Once your dough resembles play-dough or sculpey, you can roll out and cut, or shape into small incense cones/blocks/sticks.  Allow it to dry for 1 week and then store in a nice container.  I found this made really nice sticks!