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When you burn dried herbs or resins, you’ll need a heat tolerant vessel. Traditionally this is an abalone shell with a bit of sand in the bottom. You might also use a charcoal disc beneath the herbs to keep them smoking, especially in the case of resins. Here are some plants commonly used as incense and their magickal uses:

  • Allspice: Attracting money, good luck, and providing extra physical energy.
  • Arabic(gum): Attracting money, good luck, and providing extra physical energy.
  • Bay: Purification, healing, protection, and enhancing psychic powers.
  • Benzoin: Purification, prosperity, and increasing mental powers.
  • Cedar: Purification, protection, speed healing, promoting spirituality, and obtaining money.
  • Clove: Protection, exorcism, money, love, and purification.
  • Copal: Protection, cleansing, purification, spirituality, and purifying quartz crystals and other stones before use in magic ritual.
  • Dragon’s Blood: Love, protection, sexual prowess, and exorcism.
  • Fern: House purification, or, when burned outdoors, bringing rain.
  • Frankincense: Protection, spirituality, love, exorcism, and consecration.
  • Juniper: Exorcism, protection, healing, and love.
  • Lavender: Peace, restful sleep and happiness. Relief of insomnia, depression, grief, sorrow and anxiety.
  • Mugwort: Used to cleanse space of negative energies. When burned before bedtime, known to stimulate dreams.
  • Myrrh: Healing, protection, peace, consecration, exorcism, and meditation.
  • Pine: Money, healing, exorcism, and purification.
  • Rose: Who knew people burn dried rose petals for incense? Attracts love, enhances a romantic environment. Also used for meditation and encouraging peace.
  • Rosemary: Protection, purification, healing, exorcism, and to induce sleep; to restore or maintain youth, bring love, and increase mental and intellectual powers.
  • Sage: Spirituality and to promote healing.
  • Sandalwood: Spirituality, healing, protection, and exorcism.
  • Sweetgrass: Attracts positive energy into the space. Is good for cleansing sacred space.
  • Thyme: Purification, promoting health, and healing.

Materials Needed:

  • Dragon’s Blood resin (powdered if possible)
  • Colorlesss alcohol (such as vodka)
  • Tightly sealable jar
  • one cinnamon stick (chipped) or 15 cloves or one vanilla bean (chipped) or 9 coffee beans (crushed).

Pour the resin and spices into the jar. Pour in just enough alcohol to cover the resin/spices mixture plus 10% more. Seal the jar. The resin will leach it’s color into the alcohol, faster if it is a powder than if it is resin chunks. The spices will leach their scent into the ink at the same time.

When you think it is dark enough, dip a sterile toothpick into the liquid, and test on the paper you intend to use it with. Let dry: is it indeed dark enough, or does it need more steeping? Continue steeping and testing.

When it is done, strain to remove the resin and spices. Return the liquid to the bottle, use for writing. Be advised that this is not a sun-fast ink, so it should not be used for things that will spend a great deal of time in the direct sunlight.

By: Susan Profit

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