Make this Homemade Incense recipe to use as a handcrafted herbal gift for family and friends this holiday season.
Homemade Incense Recipe
The burning of fragrant plant material is a ritual as old as humankind. It was done to bring us closer to a higher power, to protect us from harm, and as a vehicle to lift our prayers to the heavens. Whether it was pine pitch, frankincense, juniper, or sage, all cultures employed this ceremony to mark this special season of the return to light.
To make, mix equal parts of cinnamon powder, allspice, pine needles, and frankincense and sprinkle over a charcoal incense burner or atop a wood stove.
Mindy Green is an herbalist, aromatherapist, educator, and writer. She is also an esthetician, a consultant to the natural products industry, and director of education at the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of Calendula (Keats, 1998), Natural Perfumes (Interweave, 1999), and co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (The Crossing Press, 1995).
Read more about making herbal holiday gifts: Homemade Holiday Gifts: Herb and Aromatherapy Recipes.