4 Ingredients to Natural Incense Making-We gathered our materials. Starting with the dry materials.
Base MaterialIn this case, we used sandalwood. The base material acts a heat source so that everything will burn. It provides a basic scent to work from. You can get sandalwood from India, but make sure it is not poached. He mentioned that much of the sandalwood is being poached. Australia is an alternative but they their sandalwood is a little green. However, it is NOT endangered.
Aromatic ComponentThis component is the smell. You can use resins and herbs. This is where the incense names come from. In the West, we name them by the smell, but in the East, they are named by the feeling. In this case, we used Lavender.
BinderThe binder is the glue that holds everything together. You can use gum or wood binders. Wood binders are not quite as strong. You can use Makko wood. Gums are strong and easy to worth with. We used guar gum.
Water ( Can be salt water/ wild water/ distilled)We mixed all the dry ingredients together, and then added the water. I rolled everything into a ball. Let me mention that I used gloves for this. Non-latex gloves. After this, I just rolled little cones. I made sure there were no cracks, and that it was not too gummy. These are two different types. The second one was made with sage.
DIY: Natural Incense Making
Author: Carl Neal
Recipe type: N/A
Simple, easy way to make hand made, natural incense
- Red Sandalwood 4 tsp
- Lavender 1 tsp
- Guar Gum ⅛ tsp
- Water Up Up to 1Tbsp
- Mix dry ingredients together, using popsicle sticks and paper bowl.
- Mix in water a little at a time until it turns into a play-doh like substance with no cracks.
- Take little sections and roll into cone!
- Wait 5 days- Place in paper bag, and burn!
Make sure to pick up his book below for more information. This was super simple, and it was my first time!