Friday, March 15, 2013

Handcrafted Recipe - Incense Cones

 The following recipe appears (unauthorized) in an e-book.  The recipe is at least 8 years old, and needs some polishing.  We'll do that after the original:

From The Essential Herbal Magazine

2 parts powdered frankincense
2 parts powdered myrrh
5 parts powdered sandalwood (or pine, makko*, santal, cedar...)
1 part powdered orrisroot
1 part salt petre
1 part gum tragacanth OR 2 parts gum arabic powder

* if you use makko, you can skip or cut way back on the salt petre and tragacanth.

Using 1 teaspoon as "a part" works well, and will yield about 3 dozen cones.
Mix the salt petre with a few tablespoons of warm water and mix well. Blend all of the other ingredients and add the water/saltpetre mixture. Mix well.
Continue adding plain water until a firm, pliable dough is formed. If it becomes too wet it will still be alright, but take longer to dry.
Take very small bits (1/4 tsp) of the dough and form into cones. Place on waxed paper and allow to dry for several days.
Turn daily. When completely dry, light with a match and burn in a fireproof dish or incense burner.

And it just so happens that we do carry all of these ingredients (except Sandalwood) on our website.

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