Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Make Incense Paper

Items needed:

Blotting paper, cut to 6" x 1" strips

1 1/2 t. salt peter dissolved in 1/2 c. water

Fragrance oil or essential oil of your choice - 2 -3 drops

Soak the paper strips in the salt peter solution with the essential/fragrance oil added to the solution. Allow them to dry. After drying, coat paper with a gum or resin tincture. Dry.

To use: light the paper, blow out the flame. Keep paper upright to allow air circulation to keep it burning. I use a large paperclip to hold mine.

Note: The best tinctures I've found for this are made from gums and resins such as frankincense, myrrh, or copal. I also use the same e.o. or fragrance oil. Or you can you any combination that you like. It's all good (grins). Pour into your bottle and then let sit for about 2 weeks, while shaking each day to mix everything up well.

To make a tincture from gums and resins, pound the gum and resin till its a fine powder. Pour alcohol on top of the powder. Vodka or Ever-clear work really well. Dark glass bottles are best for storage.

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