Making Cone Incense

The first time I made cone incense was a fun gathering. We purchased the supplies for a Nerdy Witches Study Group and we had a great time goofing it all up. Since then I’ve enjoyed adjusting and crafting formed incenses. I recorded a fun tutorial for Pagan Pride LA/OC’s Patreon. Head over and support them to check it out!  Below is my tried and true receipt.

2 Tablespoons sandalwood powder

1/4 teaspoon binder such as Gum tex, gum arabic, guar gum or makko

1 teaspoon powdered smelly component such as herb, resin, or spice

1 Tablespoon of liquid

Enjoy the incense crafting and let me know how it goes!

 

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Essential oils and infused oils

What's the differnceEssential oils are all the rage these days but for many applications an infused oil will serve you better.

Essential oils are highly aromatic, volatile plant oils that are commonly used as fragrances, flavorings and in aromatherapy. These oils tend to evaporate or volatilize fairly easily at moderate temperatures.

Infused oils are made with low (or no) heat and a prolonged extraction designed to draw out the plant’s bioactive compounds. A fixed oil (like olive or grape seed) dissolves many of the same compounds that dissolve in pure alcohol and the resulting infused oil can represent a more complete extract of the plant.

The bottom line? Essential oils are best when you want to use only the volatile oil components otherwise use infused.