Before you get your undies in a knot about this incense being *church* style incense.  Let me start off by saying this is a xmas gift for a nearby hubby's friend/babysitter who watches my children when needed without payment (I know you want to have wanna those *friends* who would do that but sorry I can't help you there).  

Of course this friend (and family) has more of a christian bent.  That I chose a typical and common standby for them.  Basically frankincense and myrrh with a bit of a twist.  As to why I would make incense for them is because my hubby came home one day asking if I had any incense because this friend was asking for some (why of course I'm a witch!) and I sent with him a couple homemade dragon's blood incense cones that I had on hand.  End of story, word got back to me that it was the best incense they have ever had (and just to note the dragon's blood was not for ritual purposes for I was experimenting with makko for the first time).  Needless to say since my homemade incense was a hit, I thought it would make a good gift.  

So here is the list of ingredients.  Play with it how you see fit.
Sorry, this isn't much of a how to guide.  Just sharing a recipe.

Distilled Rose Water (to make a dough and shape into sticks or cones)


Here's a picture of the incense drying between two jars that I crochet a cover for.  They look really pretty when tea lights are burning in them.

Yes, that is a pizza hut paper plate.  I didn't realize I was out of wax paper to dry my cones on and had to improvise.




















Blessings and Happy Winter Solstice/Yule or Holidays!

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Comment by Hagatha on December 23, 2011 at 21:23

Thank you Flammeous, this is a wonderful gift.

Comment by Daniel O'Neill (Cat wrangler) on December 23, 2011 at 7:39

Oh coolsville I'll tell my wifey(Hagatha) to check this out she was talking to me just last week about making incense.

Sistren tis her'self dat always fill our peeper with her grand hand skills much thanks.

Comment by Flammeous {De Empress} on December 22, 2011 at 14:56

Just to further elaborate on the name and the ingredients. I think the use of frankincense and myrrh is well known and one which would apply to those churches that still use ritual in their worship and plus a building built just for that, as a church (I say this because around in my area anything can become a place of worship or act as aka *church*). Now, just based on my experience in the church I went to and one time at a Catholic Church; everything inside was made of wood. The altar, the rafters, the pews, right down to the floor. Wood omits an odor. So now, there is not only the smell of the incense but all the lingering smell of the wood mingling together. I also read that some churches add cloves to the frankincense and myrrh in their incense burners. I don't know how true that is or not and/or if the church I went to when I was a child was doing this. However, when I tested the scent of this prior to making the cones. The smell that this blend omitted sent me right back to church. Hence I call it *Church Style*. Which is exactly what I was going for in making these for the person in mind. ;)

Comment by Flammeous {De Empress} on December 22, 2011 at 13:55

@ Melissa to the *church* smell of it. There is something about the addition of cedar and cloves that adds more depth to it, than just having the frankincense and myrrh alone.

Comment by Flammeous {De Empress} on December 22, 2011 at 13:49

It does totally relate, as it is one of the main ingredients for this recipe. Something to keep in mind and to keep watch for any development about the future of frankincense. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Melissa on December 22, 2011 at 13:39

Is the cone shape "church style" or are you referring to the frankincense and myrrh?

It's quite fun making these!

Comment by Leisha on December 22, 2011 at 13:36

Not totally related, but wanted to share with you. Saw this yesterday about frankincense:


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