In the spirit of the season, my friend Kristina and I have been crafting some fun things thanks to her generous gifting and creative spirit.
In the spirit of the season, my friend Kristina and I have been crafting some fun things thanks to her generous gifting and creative spirit. In this season's newsletter and this week's blog, I'd like to share with you her recipe for making your own incense cones attuned to fall and its beautiful, earthy aromas.
In a bowl, mix together the following spices:
3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons of ground clove
1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon of ground allspice
1 teaspoon of ground sage
Mix the spices until blended. Add up to 7 teaspoons of water in measured increments, mixing between each addition, until the desired consistency is reached. You want your blend to be clump together to form and hold shape, not too dry and crumbly, and not too tacky and wet. Take about a tablespoon to 1 1/12 tablespoons and form into a conical shape. Place the cones on a tray or parchment paper to dry up to 24 hours in a cool dry place.
This recipe is so versatile, you can change it to your preferences or substitutions. And, the best part, these herbs are pantry items, so you might already have them. For substitutions or preference alternatives, try these suggestions: ground ginger, ground cumin, powdered patchouli leaf, or powdered frankincense.
Note, however, that changes to the recipe in ingredient or amount may change how much water is needed for the correct consistency. Always add the water a teaspoon at a time until it comes together and hold a shape without being too dry.
To Use: In a well-ventilated room and in the correct heat/fire-proof vessel, such as a censer, charcoal burner, or iron cauldron, light the tip of the cone as you would any incense stick or cone. Once it begins burning & smoking, blow the flame and let it smolder. Enjoy the blessing aromas of Autumn!