The Hand-Crafted Incense Workshop Series

Workshop 2: The Building Blocks of Incense

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Lesson 1:
Core Foundations of Incense

Lesson 2:
The Building Blocks of Incense

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Lesson 3:
Making Your own incense cones

the traditional incense crafting course

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    20 replies to "The Building Blocks of Incense"

    • c

      Thank you again for the basic info! Just to add to the benefit of using natural materials and not the essential oi is that I have always been advised that essential oil loses it’s strength with heat.

    • B

      thanks very informative I now know why my incense doesn’t burn all the way through

    • Lou

      Wonder if a person can use Hemp as a base material? Love the honey scent tip.

    • Desirae

      I’m enjoying this workshop. I remember a few months ago thinking to myself, I would love to make my own intentional incense to sell in my shop. I’m glad I didn’t act immediately and waited because this beautiful workshop came across my path. Thanks Even, for sharing your knowledge ⭐❤️🌱

    • Tia

      Very interesting!

    • Michele

      Very interesting, I’m really enjoying your series. Thank you

    • Tovit

      Thanks again for sharing your heart & wisdom Evan! Do you suggest only using plants in powder form? Does morter n pessel get fine enough to use in an incense blend?

      • NW School of Aromatic Medicine

        Hi there. When making incense cones and sticks it is most beneficial to use powdered ingredients, yes. With loose incense the consistency can very from large pieces of plants to powder. But to get an even burn, powder is best for combustible types of incense. A mortar and pestle works for many ingredients, especially many resins, but for wood powders and base powders, it is helpful to use an electric coffee grinder to get things down to a fine powder. Thanks for watching and best of luck!

    • Nichole

      I am happy the algorithm finally got your content to pop up on my timeline. I never previously thought of creating my own incense but as someone with asthma who also appreciates aromatherapy, the concept seems like a no-brainer. Looking forward to the next lesson in your workshop. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge with us.

    • Leta

      Enjoying learning from you. Especially the history. Thank you.

    • SB

      This is pretty cosmic timing, as I have been immersing myself in creating natural products that I’m not allergic to, as well as starting along the path to learning TCM. Thanks for taking the time to share, I look forward to your upcoming videos!

    • B

      Very educational.. I enjoyed your video

    • Linda Carter

      Does the water need to be distilled? Or is there a certain type of water to use?

      • NW School of Aromatic Medicine

        Hi Linda, that would depend on where you live (city water or well water, etc) and what your own comfort level is with your water source. I would simply use whatever water you drink daily. If you drink it regularly, there’s not reason you can’t use it in your incense. I have personally never used distilled water in my incense, though I’ve always had the blessing of well water and I don’t live in a city. You can also use filtered water or distilled if you choose. It’s totally up to you.

    • Judith Blanchette

      Thank you so very much for all this knowledge and appreciate your integrity and sharing the importance of body mind and spirit intention and the importance of using pure ingredients!

    • Donna Conrad

      I am absolutely loving these workshops!! As a long time incense user for ritual purposes, i’ve always wanted to make my own blends but didn’t know how, or where to learn.

    • Gina

      Thank you. I’m just finishing the second video. I’m excited to be able to make natural Incense. I’m going to wait to watch the third one so I can not be distracted. Thank you again for your teaching.

    • Cindy

      can you use essential oils in the cones or sticks?

      • Hi Cindy. Someone else asked this so I’ll just share my reply. The short answer is yes: Since oils are not water soluble there is a more advanced way to calculate out how to add them into incense to help them disperse properly. Usually alcohol is used in these methods as a solvent. It would be too much to lay out that whole process here. Hydrosol can be used in place of water easily however!

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