Want to use Essential Oils to make your own incense? Try this Frankincense Resin, Tree, and Flower Recipe. You can buy a beautiful handmade incense bowl here:
This is a homemade incense recipe made with Frankincense resin and essential oils. I call it the “Resin, Tree, and Flower Incense,” because it blends Frankincense, Cypress, and Jasmine.
Some of the chunks in my raw Frankincense resin are big! Those would burn more easily if I broke them up, so for this incense recipe I’m just using smaller pieces.
At 1:24, I measure out 1 oz (28 gm) using a kitchen scale. Kitchen scales are useful—you can put a bowl on the scale, then subtract the bowl’s weight and reset the scale to “0.” That way, you’re only measuring your ingredients.
To be honest, I don’t usually measure my ingredients when I make incense recipes! It’s more of a creative process than a technical one. But I wanted to give you measurements to use as a “reference point.” You can adjust your ingredients as you like!
To add essential oils, simply drop them right onto your resin. I’m adding:
5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) (2:01)
4 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) (2:17)
1 drop Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) (2:41)
A single drop of Jasmine may not sound like much, but Jasmine has a big presence! One drop is more than enough to infuse this entire blend with a rich, gorgeous floral aroma.
At 3:01, I stir my resin with a wooden spoon to help distribute the essential oils, so they infuse more of the resin.
Set your homemade incense aside to dry for two days, and then store it however you like. After two days, it’s ready for burning!
My resin burner was made for me by a friend. (Isn’t it beautiful?) You can find similar beautiful incense bowls here:
I like to use bamboo charcoal to burn my homemade incense. (5:05) Bamboo charcoal takes a little longer to light, but it’s not made with toxic chemicals that will fill my home as it burns, so it’s worth it.
Have fun with your incense!
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Why does incense play such a key role in so many medicinal and spiritual traditions around the world?
How does incense work to help us access deeper levels of wisdom and healing?
Can you tap into these properties of incense and enhance your essential oil practice?
I can answer the last question for you . . . YES! When you understand how to use incense and how to “listen” to it, you can bring new dimensions to your Aromatherapy practice. My friend Eric, owner of the Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine, can answer the first 2 questions and so much more!