Egyptian

Here we have a rather vague recipe for Kyphi. Kyphi was primarily used in ancient times in Egypt to purify the temple but was also made into a drink which was taken as a remedy for asthma. There are a number of recipes for Kyphi, this is one of them.

I have not actually made it, so I have no idea as to how it would turn out. It does look interesting and adventurous. If anyone tries this, I’d love to hear how it worked out.

  • Begin by blending equal parts dried ground acacia, henna, and juniper.
  • Soak the resulting powder in wine.
  • In a separate container soak golden raisins in wine.
  • Allow this soaking process to continue for seven days.
  • Take equal parts cardamom, sweet flag/calamus, cinnamon, peppermint, bay leaves, galangal, and orris root.
  • Grind each one separately then blend and grind again into a fine powder.
  • Add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of myrrh resin to the spice mixture.
  • Drain the herbs and raisins that have been soaking in the wine, and add them to the honey/myrrh/spice mixture.
  • Add sufficient wine to steep the combined materials, terebinth and raisins to form a thick paste.

Use this as is (simmer it to release the fragrance) or dry it, cut into squares, or form into balls and burn as incense.

Note: I do not recommend the use of this particular recipe for Kyphi as an herbal remedy for any illness, or as something that could or should be ingested for any reason. The fragrant uses are, however, highly recommended.

Source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

  • 1 cup salt
  • 6 drops patchouli oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon oil
  • 3 drops acacia oil
  • 8 drops sandalwood oil

Lightly mix the ingredients together and place them in a jar for storage.

Helpful Tips:

Add the essential oils drop by drop, one ingredient at a time, until the scent seems right. Mix with a spoon (or shake) until all salt particles are moistened. Be prepared to spend some time doing this, perhaps a half hour or so. Here is where a plastic bag comes in handy!

If the Bath Salts are mixed for a ritual purpose, visualize the energies within the oils merging with each other and with the salt as you mix. Keep the salt’s goal in mind while you stir. Use or store until needed.

From: Moon Magick

Leo Vinci in Incense: Its Ritual Significance, Use and Preparation states that the Egyptian formula for Kyphi was given in the writings of Plutarch and that it contained 16 ingredients. He gives three different formulas for this incense in his book. My own personal formula contains more than 16 ingredients but smells much better than the ones given by Vinci.

Here’s the recipe. Blend together the following ingredients:

  • Red sandalwood – 1 part
  • Frankincense – 1/2 part
  • Myrrh – 1/4 part
  • Galangal – 1 part
  • Juniper berries – 1/4 part
  • Dragon’s blood – 1/4 part
  • Calamus root – 1 part
  • Bay laurel – 1 part
  • Orris root – 1/4 part
  • Henna powder – 1/4 part
  • Cinnamon – 1/4 part
  • Balm of Gilead – 1/4 part
  • Styrax bark – 1/4 part

Add oils of amber, honey, acacia, orris, storax, lotus, and musk to personal preference.

Note: Many recipes for Kyphi call for the use of raisins, honey, and wine. These “wet” ingredients enable you to make the incense into a paste that is then formed into balls and left to dry before burning.

From: D J Conway’s Magick of the Gods and Goddesses

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