How to Make Homemade Incense


Incense is traditionally used during religious or spiritual ceremonies, or to scent the air with the smell of ancient essential oils and herbs. Although you could purchase pre-made incense from a specialty store, it can often contain chemicals that you would not want floating around in the air as you burn the incense. Luckily, you can create your own hand-dipped incense by following a few basic guidelines that will ensure your incense will be richly scented and will burn smoothly.

Things You'll Need

  • Jelly roll tray
  • 16 oz. fragrance or essential oil
  • 10 to 20 unscented incense sticks
  • Twine
  • Fill the bottom of a jelly roll pan with 16 oz. of fragrance or essential oil, in any scent you like.

  • Place 10 to 20 incense blanks into the jelly roll tray.

  • Leave the incense blanks in the oil for about two minutes.

  • Remove the incense, holding them by the stick ends.

  • Tie the ends of the incense together using medium-weight twine.

  • Tie the other end of the twine onto a cabinet.

  • Place the tray underneath the hanging incense to catch the dripping oil.

  • Allow the incense to air dry completely before using it.

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