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Traditional Incense
Crafting Course

The ultimate training for making exquisite, natural incense.

Expand your Healing, Spiritual, or Aromatic Practice by
Learning how to Make Your Own Incense

Did you know that incense crafting is the oldest aromatic plant practice?

• Incense is the traditional roots of aromatherapy and an important medicine.

• it's the most ancient universal tool for spiritual practices and ritual.

• And it's been used to delight the sense of smell across every culture for ages.

No matter its use, incense has real, positive effects on people through healing the psyche and body, balancing emotions, pleasing the senses, and uplifting the spirit.

It's a universal modality for healthier, vibrant living...

And YOU can learn the ancient practice of incense crafting to bring positivity, healing, and enjoyment to others!

Wouldn’t you love to be able to make personalized
incense for ritual, healing, or enjoyment for your
friends, family, or patients?


This one-of-a-kind program teaches you the core principles and practices of crafting incense so you can feel confident making beautiful smelling and effective aromatic creations.

By learning one of the oldest herbal practices, you'll unlock a new modality for holistic healing that can greatly benefit the minds, hearts, bodies, and spirits of those you love and serve.

This program weaves the wisdom of the world's various incense traditions together into one comprehensive and practical system. You'll learn how to harness and amplify the true power of incense.

Stop Guessing at How to Craft Your Incense

Incense crafting can be a tricky practice...

Many people make incense that doesn’t burn properly

 or smell quite how they want it to, and they get discouraged.

They waste time, ingredients, and money composting failed batches of incense...

They don't understand the proper ratios of bases, binders, liquids, 

and dry ingredients required to formulate a blend...

They don't know the age-old secrets to working with difficult ingredients and calculated combinations...

Through learning the traditional practices that lie at the heart of artisan incense making, 

you'll find a quicker, simpler, natural way to craft successful incense.

Meet Your Teacher

Hey There!

I’m Evan Sylliaasen. Back when I was a teenager, incense became my gateway to a sense of sacredness. As I journeyed deeper into the world of incense I discovered that it was used for more than just ritual, relaxation, and enjoyment—it's also a powerful healing modality around the world in many systems of medicine.

Through my work with my company Higher Mind Incense and my school, The Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine, I’ve seen beginning incense makers encounter the same problems over and over. There are basics to the practice that you have to get just right before you can progress down the incense making path.

That’s why I created the Traditional Incense Crafting Course. Each time I open enrollment, people tell me they love how quickly they can start making their own incense. And advanced students say they wish they’d had this course when they were first starting out.


  • Sooth the nervous system and relieve anxiety and stress
  • Fight off infections, colds, and flus during the cold season 
  • Aid emotional healing with custom aromatherapeutic blends

  • Strengthen your immunity & increase longevity

  • Cleanse the atmosphere and kill airborne pathogens and viruses

  • Add depth to your spiritual practice, prayer, yoga or meditation

  • Uplift your mood and create a calming atmosphere

  • Enhance concentration, focus & memory

  • Please the sense of smell through heavenly aromas

  • Create a stream of revenue selling your aromatic creations

  • Enhance dreaming and expand awareness

  • Provide hand-crafted gifts or tokens of appreciation

  • Promote grounding and centering

  • Impress your guests with beautiful, welcoming aromas

  • Aid you in a better night's sleep 

  • Help you create an aromatic ritual of mindfulness

  • And much more...


The Story of Incense

Through an exploration of various cultural uses of medicinal and ritual plant smoke, you'll gain insight into the ancient applications of incense to help strengthen your aromatic foundations and understanding.

Botanical Classification

Learn the qualities and roles of botanical ingredients used in incense crafting. Understand how to properly use gums and resins, binders and bases, fragrant hardwoods, and oil-dense botanicals. 

Core Incense Formulation Techniques

Learn multiple methods for formulating incense for specific intentions and purposesfrom aesthetics and fragrance, to therapeutics and medicine to spiritual and ritual blending.

Crafting Perfected Incense Cones & Sticks

Get step-by-step instructions for making the world's favorite forms of incense. Create fully-burning, solid incense sticks and cones that smell amazing and reliably burn on their own.

Making Exquisite Loose Incense Blends

Work with raw aromatic materials to make your own loose blendsthe original form of incense. Become skilled at mixing raw resins, roots, woods, flowers, and foliage into pleasing & powerful aromatic creations.

Incorporating Essential Oils into Incense

Learn how to properly incorporate essential oils to enhance your incense blends for added aroma and medicine. Adding essential oils to incense mixtures can be a tricky process, but you'll get my simple process.

"Evan has a gift of bringing together the extraordinary world of incense with aromatic healing and transformation. This program offers both practical information and a deep spiritual awareness and invitation to honor your life and connect with the divine world of plants. It is professional and personal, in-depth and accessible. His sincerity and beauty shines throughout. I highly recommend it!"

- Andrea Butje

Founder of Aromahead Institute

Here's What You Get:

6 core modules of in-depth training on incense crafting methods and best practices.
12 visually stimulating training videos, with close-ups of live action.
12 MP3s with transcript handouts of each lesson for easy listening on the go.
A library of recipes for making beautiful incense cones, sticks, and loose blends.
PDF worksheets and one-of-a-kind incense and aroma classification charts to make it easy to find your next ingredient.
My personal sourcing list and Expert Guide to Sourcing pure, natural, ethical, and sustainable plant products.
Dozens of expert tips and tricks from my 12+ years of professional experience as the founder of America's most popular incense company (found nowhere else!).
PLUS, become a Lifetime Member of our Community of 1000+ incense crafting alumni! This rare group is a special place where you can get answers and support, gain inspiration & forge new friendships with fellow crafters. 

Also, you can work at your own pace and complete the training stress-free in your own time.


Week 1 - The Foundations & Story of Incense

 An introduction to the world of incense 

• An in depth cultural exploration of incense crafting traditions

 The histories and uses of incense as a medicine & in ritual

• Aesthetic histories of incense for fragrance & enjoyment

Foundational understanding of incense crafting principles

Week 2 - The Plants of Incense

 Understanding qualities of various types of incense botanicals

 Using gums and resins in incense crafting

• The important roles of binders and base materials

Exploring the Human/Plant connection

• Navigating issues of sustainability with incense plants

Week 3 - The Art of Blending & Formulation

• Exploring the many types of incense & their qualities & uses

Methods for medicinal & aromatherapeutic incense formulation

• Compounding incense formulas for fine-tuned aromatic profiles

Understanding the art of Fragrance Notes in incense crafting

Ritual & esoteric incense formulation 

Week 4 - Crafting Loose Incense

A walkthrough of the tools of the incense crafter

• An introduction to loose incense: the oldest style of incense

How to construct different types of loose incense 

• Multiple methods for drying and curing 

Loose incense recipes

Week 5 - The Art of Crafting Incense Cones

An introduction to incense cones: uses, qualities, history

Understanding the principles of self-ignition and combustibility

A step-by-step guide to crafting incense cones

• Best practices for drying and curing cones

Incense cone recipes

Week 6 - The Complete Guide to Incense Sticks

• A walkthrough of the different types of incense sticks

A complete guide to crafting the infamous incense stick

• Methods for adding essential oils into incense

Incense stick recipes

• Course integration & next steps

- LeAnn Rimes
Country singer & soul blogger

"Evan's teachings came at the perfect time on my healing journey. Whether you're wanting to expand your knowledge of the healing properties of plants, deepen your connection to your heart and intuition, or want to add more tools to your self healing toolbox, this program IS A MUST for an incredibly expansive journey."

This Program Is For You If:

You're an aromatherapist or essential oil lover who's only using essential oils, and are ready to add a new layer of holistic depth to your work.
You're into herbal medicine and are ready to address the airways, emotions, psyche, and spiritual aspects of healing in deeper ways. 
You're an incense enthusiast tired of all the unnatural and overpowering incenses on the market and want to make your own natural incense.
You'd love to enhance your sacred rituals or spiritual practice with incense blends you design and make yourself.


If you're totally new to working with aromatics and incense this program will build the proper foundations 

that will give you the confidence and competence to become an Artisan Incense Crafter.  

And if you're a practicing aromatherapist or healer... great!

You're about to learn a powerful aromatic modality that will broaden your holistic healing potential.

Already making incense? This course fills in the gaps for you, getting you closer to perfecting your craft

and learning new aspects of making different types of incense.


This is the only complete course on incense crafting there is.
Nowhere else is so much information and step-by-step crafting instruction offered.

All of the wisdom, tips and tricks I've gathered over the years 

are packaged up for you into one priceless program.

That's 13+ years of...

• Studying various incense traditions

• Finding the best methods and what doesn't work

• Formulating products for one of the top incense companies

• Working alongside other world-class incense crafters

I've put my heart and soul into this course, and I know you won't find anything else out there like it.


When you join the program you'll become a Lifetime Member of our thriving...

Traditional Incense Crafting Facebook Group.

This is a special community of over 1000+ like-minded traditional incense crafting alumni...

They've been through this course and are making their own successful incense blends

to share with their families, customers and clients.

Gain invaluable insights, see inspiring posts and pictures, learn new tips and tricks.

Learn from other's experiences, join in the conversation and expand your learning.

 Forge new friendships and find an accountability buddy to go through the program with.

And you'll be a member for life! 

"This program isn't just about incense, but about working with the life force of plants themselves - the key to holistic plant medicine. I've been given a refreshing perspective on the use of incense as a traditional medicine. My eyes have opened to yet another avenue of herbalism. Whether you're an herbalist like me, an aromatherapist, or simply a lover of incense, you'll be as blown away and inspired as I am from this program."

- Mamie Wartelle
Founder of Chiron's Apothecary

Ready to Start Crafting?
It’s Time to Take the Next Step...

Perhaps you want to start making incense, but aren’t sure where to start. 

Like many, you can search online or in books and try to put bits and pieces together 

over the years but never feel like you’ve got the whole picture.


Maybe you’ve already started making incense 

but have felt the frustrations that so many others face. 

You’ve spent time and money trying to figure out the right ingredients and

 formulations to get the incense you want, but know that there’s pieces missing. 


Or maybe you’re more advanced but want to learn new incense making practices. 

You have a sense that expanding your incense skills could add so much to your

 practice but don’t know the depth of its resources or where to start.


The answer to all of the above is right in front of you, and I encourage you to

take the next step on your fragrant path and join 

the Traditional Incense Crafting Course.

Click below to get started.

You Have My Personal Guarantee!

I'm confident you'll absolutely love this incense crafting journey. But for your peace of mind, if you enroll in the program today you'll have 30 days to decide if it's right for you. If for any reason it's not, simply send me an email and you'll receive a complete refund.

Become A Certified Artisan Incense Crafter

Upon completion of this course and with your acceptance of the Artisan Incense Crafter Code of Ethics, you'll become a certified incense crafter by The Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine.

And, if you're a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, submit this certificate of completion for 13 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs are potentially applicable to other associations).


"Since taking this course last year, I’ve added herbal incense sticks and cones to my company’s offerings, and I’m already selling wholesale to stores in addition to offering online. I’ve been working with professional practitioners who use my incense prior, during and after consultations with their patients and clients. I also offer my blends as a ‘prescription’ to my own clients who come to see me for Reiki sessions. I absolutely love the integrity and respect given towards the plant realm in this course. The teachings were thorough, precise and deeply respectful."

Carmen Nemet, Founder of Lulani Moon Therapies, Australia

"I am so grateful of my experience of this program. I recommend it to everyone for a personally transformative and life-changing experience. Through taking this program, my life mission became so clear: to bring harmony, ritual and incense to people’s lives. This school offered me all of the tools I need so that I can take care of the people I love."

Héloïse Roy, Founder of Rituel incense company, Quebec CA

"What Evan has put together in his course is a beautiful exploration of aromatic plant medicine. Cultural exploration of aroma and plant smoke is an exploration of the very breath that gives Earth— and each one of us on it— the power to heal. Evan has given us access to the power of healing behind every breath we breathe.”

JK DeLappThe Rising Phoenix Perfumery, Georgia

"This was an absolutely enjoyable course from start to finish! This program takes you through the rich history of incense crafting to modern day custom formulations. The video presentations are engaging and professional. Evan’s passion for creating artfully handcrafted, traditional incense is contagious! This is the original aromatic medicine at its finest!"

Anna Doxie, Founder & Director of The Institute of Holistic Phyto-Aromatherapy

“As an Ayurvedic practitioner, I’ve only read in ancient and modern texts about the use of incense for healing, known as Dhumapana. Through this program, I now I have the guidance to make any kind of incense I wish to prescribe to my patients. I found the lesson on therapeutic formulation to be immensely useful! I’m excited to offer an even more holistic herbal regimen to my patients with incense as the main application of aromatic medicine.”

Amita AgrawalAyurvedic practitioner, California

"I never realized incense has been used cross-culturally for healing and medicine for so long. I feel so lucky to have found these teachings and am now making incense at home to keep my family and I healthy and happy. Not to mention, making incense is so much fun!"

Jennifer ColtsHerbalist, Arizona

“I’ve been into burning incense as my own personal ritual for years now, and have helped many people find balance in their minds and hearts through my sharing of it. But not until after learning Evan’s teachings did I truly realize what a powerful tool I’ve had at my fingertips all along. My family and friends have all been positively affected by my incense creations. Thank you Evan, for showing me the traditions that have supported my inner and outer work for so long.”

Chris DarlingVermont

“This course has changed my perception of aromatic plants forever. I feel my practice with aroma now has a deep rooted foundation that’s initiated a strong cohesion of everything I’ve learned about plants, aroma, and healing; and has given me a totally fresh perspective and a burst of inspiration to move forward with in my work with aromatics and incense.”

Shae AmherstBoulder CO

"I’m already starting to get feedback and orders for my incense which is super exciting! And I’ve been making blends that actually smell nice and stay alight. So I’ve shared with friends who are now buying it from me and responding amazingly. I have been told many times, ‘this is the most amazing incense i have experienced!"

Ky Alecto, Founder of Seedstar Co.

"Evan’s easy going nature, enthusiasm, and vast knowledge of incense leaves you excitedly waiting each week for the next lesson. This course is easy to understand, well structured and has loads of downloadable notes and videos. If you're looking for an incense making course then look no further, because this is the only incense program there is!"

Katherine MossHorticulturist, Australia

"This course has fed my soul. I’ve worked with herbs as a community kitchen wise woman crafting teas, tinctures, and oxymels for friends and family. I have added essential oils to my practice and have now continued to follow the scents into their energetic sphere. This course has so much practical knowledge with the right amount of do it yourself for me to continue on my journey. I highly recommend this course!"

Andrea McCluskey, Maryland

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and feel blessed by Evan's knowledge and passion. The modules are methodical and respect the individual pace of the student, which allowed me to really let the teachings set in. I also loved all of the close-ups when a technique was explained or incense ingredients were introduced. As in Evan's other courses, the handouts that accompany the modules are attractive and extremely helpful. I highly recommend this incense crafting course; your first step in becoming a master incense maker."

John BergWisconsin 

"I am particularly interested in the medicinal applications of incense, and the glimpses Evan has provided are filling in spaces in my herbalism studies. I look forward to creating now with an intentional purpose!"

Daphne SeruntineNova Scotia, Canada

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Frequently Asked Questions:

As soon as you enroll you’ll have instant access to modules 1 and 2. From there, every 7 days a new module will be released to you for a total of 6 modules. Though you can start the course whenever you are able and can work at your own pace.

This is a 6 week course. However, there are no time constraints. You have lifetime access to the course so you can revisit content for years.

Yes! You’ll learn how to make different styles of loose incense, as well as incense cones and different types of incense sticks, such as joss sticks and agarbatti.

There are many ways to support yourself with the art of incense:

  • Sell your creations at your own shop or website, at events, fairs, or farmer’s markets, or sell wholesale to other stores.
  • Prescribe incense as medicine to your patients, or supply other health professionals with your therapeutic products.
  • Create custom formulas for other companies.
  • Host in-person workshops to share the gift of incense crafting with others.

You’ll have lifetime student support, and can also reach out to Evan personally if needed. You’ll be able to ask questions and converse inside the course within each module with Evan and other students. Plus you’ll be a lifetime member of the incense crafting student Facebook group.

Some incense ingredients and crafting tools are needed. Many of which you may have already. Like mixing bowls, measuring spoons, etc. You’ll work with the ingredients of your choosing, so the cost varies for everyone. You can use wild-harvested aromatic plants or ones you grow yourself, or even buy top-shelf exotic aromatics. You may already have some ingredients as many kitchen spices are used in incense. Most spend as low as $10-30 on initial supplies. You’ll get a materials list and a sourcing guide as soon as you enroll.

Yes! The Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine is an approved continuing education provider by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. You will receive 13 credits after submitting your certificate of completion to NAHA. CEUs may also be awarded through other associations, which you will need to inquire about through them.

Yes. Upon course completion of all modules and lessons you will be awarded a certificate of completion, awarding you the title of Artisan Incense Crafter by The Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine (not yet recognized by any outside organization).

Yes! You have 30 days to decide if the program is really right for you. If it’s not a good fit for you at this time, let us know and you’ll get a full refund.

This is a common modern misconception. Over 85% of manufactured incense today is made with chemical fragrances. Many experience allergic reactions, respiratory complaints, or headaches from using unnatural products. Most people don’t differential chemical incense from natural artisan incense, so incense as a whole often gets a bad rap in the mainstream. The truth is, incense is used as a medicine in many cultures and renowned medical practices around the world. Herbal incense treats countless respiratory issues from asthma to various infections, as well as mild to severe psychological disorders, treats many other bodily systems and functions, and heals on the soul level. It is the original aromatic medicine.

Incense crafting can be a 100% sustainable practice. Firstly, incense uses 1-5% of the amount of plant material as essential oils do for the same level of enjoyment and often the same level of therapeutic value. There are many sustainable farms and sources to discover with my Sustainable Sourcing Roadmap. Which you’ll receive in the course.


Have A Question Or Concern?

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