These can be burned in their natural state on self lighting charcoal, or crushed and made into stick or cone incense.
Censing, which represents the element of air, exorcises and keeps unwanted energies away from the magic site; offers sweet air to the God and Goddess; raises vibrational rates and summons energies; relaxes the senses; and contains and concentrates power. The act of burning incense or other substances is also known as "carrying our wishes" up to the God and Goddess. For Centuries, people have recognized the powerful links between fragrance and the mind. And, for centuries, they've used pure essential oils to conjure hidden stores of emotions and images. Today, Science has confirmed that essential oils, the aromatic essence of leaves, bark, roots and flowers, can enhance our moods, sharpen our minds, and awaken our physical selves.
The following is a list of various incense and their corresponding magickal properties.
Acacia: Burned with sandalwood to stimulate the psychic powers.
African Violet: Burned for protection and to promote spirituality within the home.
Allspice: Burned to attract both good luck and money.
Aloes: Burned to attract good fortune, love, spiritual vibrations, and strength.
Althea: Burned for protection and to stimulate the psychic powers.
Anise Seeds: Burned as a meditation incense.
Basil: Burned to exorcise and protect against evil entities (such as demos and unfriendly ghosts), and to attract fidelity, love, good luck, sympathy, and wealth. This is also an excellent incense to use when performing love divinations.
Bay: Burned to facilitate the psychic powers, and to induce prophetic dream-visions.
Bayberry: Burned mainly to attract money.Protection, Wishes, Prosperity, Happiness, Control.
Bergamot: Money, Attraction, Prosperity, Uplifting of Spirits, Protection.
Benzoin: Burned for purification and to attract prosperity.
Bistort: Burned (often with frankincense) as a powerful incense to aid divination.
Bracken: Burned in outdoor fires to magickally produce rain.
Carnation: Protection, Strength, Healing, Lust, Love.
Cedar: Burned for purification, to stimulate or strengthen the psychic powers, attract love, prevent nightmares, and heal various ailments, including head colds.
Cedarwood: Healing Purification, Unhexing, Protection, Money, Attraction.
Cinnamon: Burned for protection and to attract money, stimulate or strengthen the psychic powers, and aid in healing.
Citron: Burned in rituals to aid healing and also to strengthen the psychic powers.
Clove: Burned to dispel negativity, purify sacred and magickal spaces, attract money, and stop or prevent the spread of gossip.
Coconut: Burned for protection.
Copal: Burned for purification and to attract love.
Damiana: Burned to facilitate psychic visions.
Dittany Of Crete: burned to conjure spirits and to aid in astral projection (especially when mixed with equal parts of Benzoin, sandalwood, and vanilla).
Dragon's Blood: Burned to dispel negativity, exorcise evil supernatural entities, attract love, and restore male potency. Many Witches also burn dragon's blood for protection when spellcasting and invoking. When added to other incenses, dragon's blood makes their magickal powers stronger.
Elecampane: Burned to strengthen the clairvoyant powers and scrying (divination by gazing) abilities.
Frangipani: Burned as an aphrodisiac, can be calming and seductive.
Fern: Burned in outdoor fires to magickally produce rain. Also used to exorcise evil supernatural entities.
Frankincense: Burned to dispel negativity, purify magickal spaces, protect against evil, aid meditation, induce psychic visions, attract good luck, and honour Pagan deities.
Fumitory: Burned to exorcise demons, poltergeist, and evil supernatural entities.
Galangal: Burned to break the curses cast by sorcerers.
Ginseng Root: Burned to keep wicked spirits at bay, and for protection against all forms of evil.
Gotu Kola: Burned to aid meditation.
Heather: Burned to conjure beneficial spirits, and to magickally produce rain.
Hibiscus Flowers: Burned to attract love.
Honeysuckle: Money, Psychic Powers, Happiness, Friendship Healing.
Horehound: Burned as offertory incense to the ancient Egyptian god Horus.
Jasmine: Burned to attract love and money, and also to induce dreams of a prophetic nature. Love, Money, Dreams, Fantasy, Purification, Wisdom, Astral Travel, Skills.
Juniper: Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and also to break curses and hexes cast by evil sorcerers.
Lavender: Burned to induce rest and sleep, and to attract love (especially of a man).
Lilac: Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and to attract harmony into one's life.
Mace: Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers.
Magnolia: Nature, Trees, Hair Growth.
Mastic: Burned to conjure beneficial spirits, stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and intensify sexual desires. The magickal powers of other incenses are greatly increased when a bit of mastic is added.
Mesquite: The magickal powers of all healing incenses are greatly increased when mesquite is added.
Mint: Burned to increase sexual desire, exorcise evil supernatural entities, conjure beneficial spirits, and attract money. Mint incense also possesses strong healing vibrations and protective powers.
Myrrh: Burned (often with frankincense) for purification, consecration, healing, exorcism, and banishing evil. Myrrh also aids meditation rituals, and was commonly burned on altars in ancient Egypt as an offering to the deities Isis and Ra.
Neroli: Confidence, Insomnia.
Nutmeg: Burned to aid meditation, stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and attract prosperity.
Patchouli: Burned to attract money and love, and also to promote fertility.
PINE: Burned for purification, and to banish negative energies, exorcise evil supernatural entities, and attract money, as well as to break hexes and return them to their senders.
Poppy Seeds: Burned to promote female fertility, and to attract love, good luck, and money.
Rose: Burned to increase courage, induce prophetic dreams, and attract love. Rose incense is used in all forms of love enchantment and possesses the strongest love vibration of any magickal incense.
Rosemary: Burned to purify, aid in healing, prevent nightmares, preserve youthfulness, dispel depression, attract fairyfolk, and promote restful sleep and pleasant dreams.
Rue: Burned to help restore health.
Sage: Burned for protection against all forms of evil, and to purify sacred spaces and ritual tools, promote wisdom, attract money, and aid in healing the body, mind, and soul.
Sagebrush: Burned to aid healing, and to banish negative energies and evil supernatural entities.
Sandalwood: Burned to exorcise demons and evil ghosts, conjure beneficial spirits, and promote spiritual awareness. Sandalwood incense is also used by many Witches in healing rituals and in wish-magick.
Solomon's Seal: Burned mainly as an offertory incense to ancient Pagan deities.
Star Anise Seeds: Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers.
Strawberry: Burned to attract love.
Sweetgrass: Burned to conjure beneficial spirits prior to spellcasting.
Thyme: Burned for the purification of magickal spaces prior to rituals, to aid in healing, and to attract good health.
Vanilla: Burned to attract love, increase sexual desire, & improve the powers of the mind.Vervain: Burned to exorcise evil supernatural entities.
Vetivert: Burned to break curses, and for protection against sorcery (black magick) and thieves.
Willow: Burned to avert evil, attract love, and promote healing. It is also used by many Witches as an offertory incense for Pagan lunar deities.
Wisteria: Burned for protection against all forms of evil.
Wormwood: Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers. When mixed with sandalwood and burned at night in a cemetery, wormwood is said to be able to conjure spirits from their graves.
China Rain - drawing a new love
Jasmine - luck in love
Rose - true love
Ylang Ylang - to strengthen or create balance in love
White Jasmine - to heighten sexual aspects in relationships
Musk - to excite sexual love and intense desire
Patchouli - to maintain happiness in love
Copal - after a quarrel
Gardenia - to ease hurt caused by love
Lavender - to ease hurt caused by love
Red Ginger - success and improvement
Cinnamon - draw money and success to you
Bergamot - to attract money
Honeysuckle - to maintain your money
Basil - paths to money
Carnation - protection, strength
Dragons Blood - protection, potency
Frankincense - protection, astral strength
Coconut - protection, purification
Myrrh - protection, spirituality
Sandalwood - protection, healing
Bayberry - unwanted influences, control
Lemongrass - to increase powers with tools
Frankincense - used in High Magick
Eucalyptus - to increase powers
Lotus - for strengthening and protection of powers
Myrrh - a high vibratory scent
Queen of the Night - for second sight and improving powers
Kachina Dreams - for spirits and calling wisdom
Angelic Visions - white light illumination, spirituality
Ocean Breeze - for water powers, restoration
Spring Equinox: Acorn, celandine, cinquefoil, crocus, daffodil, dogwood, Easter lily, honeysuckle, Isis, jasmine, rose, strawberry, tansy, and violets.
Beltane: Almond, angelica, ash tree, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisy, frankincense, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, marigold, meadowsweet, primrose, roses, satyrion root, woodruff, and yellow cowslips.
Summer Solstice: Chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint John's wort, wild thyme, wisteria, and verbena.
Lammas: Acacia flowers, aloes, cornstalks, cyclamen, fenugreek, frankincense, heather, hollyhock, myrtle, oak leaves, sunflower, and wheat.
Autumn Equinox: Acorns, asters, Benzoin, ferns, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, mums, myrrh, oak leaves, passionflower, pine, roses, sage, Solomon's seal, & thistles.
Samhain: Acorns, apples, broom, deadly nightshade, dittany, ferns, flax, fumitory, heather, mandrake, mullein, oak leaves, sage, and straw.
Winter Solstice: Bay, bayberry, blessed thistle, cedar, chamomile, evergreen, frankincense, holly, juniper, mistletoe, moss, oak, pine cones, rosemary, and sage.Daily Incense
General cleansing incense
2 tsp rosemary
1 tsp sage
2 tsp frankincense
Again, grind plant and resin separately and then mix.
This is an easy incense but one of my favourites. Perfect for clearing out the mustiness of absence in your home if you have been away over the festive season.
Add a pinch of thyme if you really need to clear the spirit or basil to bring harmony and put an end to quarrels, a drop or two of sandlewood oil or a pinch of sandalwood if you have it will add some warmth.
Where to get ingredients
Frankincense and myrrh are generally easy to get, I get mine from The Witchery (Calgary, Alberta) or The Sancutary (Edmonton, Alberta), both stores are an awesome supply of herbs and materials. (Other cities will have New Age, Pagan or Herbalist shops which should stock this. Healthfood shops are great too) The rest of the stuff you should be able to get from the supermarket. I got a decent marble pestle and mortar in flea market for about 13 dollars, I think The Witchery may have something similar.
Remember, none of this is set in stone. Play with the quantities, add more of one thing if you like its smell or less if you don't. Remember too that things don't always smell like you think they would when you burn them.
Incense for Meditation
Any incense can be used for meditation, so play around with your mixture to what you want to get out of it.
Consider the following base ingredients: Frankincense
When inhaled, this causes a deepening of the breath, ideal for calming the mind and entering a meditative state. It also has protective and healing properties.
A relaxing, grounding and somewhat sensual scent which is also good for encouraging a calm state of mind while having protective and healing properties.
The classic relaxer, need more be said? It will add a floral hint to the mixture.
Another classic incense or smudge ingredient with an array of healing, cleansing and protective qualities. You may also wish to add a drop of essential oil to the mix. Lavender or Sandalwood oil could be used as substitutions for the plant material, Bergamot oil has balancing and renewing properties and Clary Sage oil calms troubled minds or emotional upsets.
Use the mixing ‘formula’
RESIN + WOOD + HERBS + OIL = INCENSE
Therefore several meditation incenses suggest themselves immediately:
2 tsp frankincense, 1 tsp sandalwood, 2 drops lavender oil
2 tsp frankincense, 1 tsp lavender flowers, 2 drops sandalwood oil
2 tsp frankincense, 1 tsp sage, 2 drops bergamot oil
2 tsp frankincense, 1 tsp sandalwood, 1tsp sage, 2 drops bergamot oil
For a more divinatory meditation, to open up the third eye or simply explore psychic awareness, some other herbs can be considered:
A classic witchcraft herb. Used for sharpening awareness, prophetic dreams and introspection, sharpens visualisations as well as strengthening vitality.
As used by the Oracles of Delphi for divination and prophecy. Also a healing herb.
It is a good idea to mix these herbs with a good protective base, to ground the wandering mind to the body and keep unwanted influences at bay. Again Frankincense is ideal, as is Myrrh (which blends well with Mugwort) and Copal (used by the Aztecs and Mayans for healing and prophecy).
So a divination/meditation incense may be:
2 tsp frankincense
1 tsp myrrh
2 tsp mugwort
3 or 4 bay leaves
1 drop bergamot oil
Note that bay leaves are difficult to grind, but easy to crumble into small pieces by hand. Mugwort is quite cottony so is difficult to grind too, in this case grind it with the gritty Myrrh before adding the other ingredients. Frankincense is always best ground separately then stirred into the other ingredients.
Classic healing herbs for incense making include:
The incense all-rounder.
A cleansing and healing herb that also promotes memory and mental clarity.
For healing illness as well as promoting strength and longevity.
Cleansing and healing on a physical level, as well as having associations with the development of wisdom.
A healing incense of equal quantities of each of the above will make and excellent all-rounder. Or play with proportions and experiment with adding other herbs or a drop or two of an essential oil.
For example, Geranium oil is characteristically feminine and associated with feminine energies and the female reproductive system. Thus, an incense for a woman could include this oil.
Healing the Past
This type of healing is often associated with letting go of the past or accepting the past as a necessary part of personal development.
Obviously this is deeply personal so any incense for this purpose would do well to be very personal to the user.
As well as protective, healing and cleansing properties, pine has associations with the banishment of ghosts.
Again, protective, healing and cleansing, but with an association with spiritual 'spring-cleaning'.
Associated with the moon, useful if using the moon's energies in the healing.
Cleansing and healing, but with connotations of preservation as the tree was believed to be indestructible. This could be the enduring strength of the inner self or just as easily an attachment to the past. Think carefully what properties you want to bring to your mix.
More symbolic ingredients can be used, such as herbs associated with astrological signs, planets or elements. Or the wood from the tree that marks a person's birth in the Celtic tree calendar.
Incorporate herbs or flowers associated with an emotion that needs to be enhanced or overcome, e.g. red roses associated with love and romance, white with friendship.
The list is possibly endless, but remember to keep a strong theme for the incense with clear associations and properties. More often than not, the simpler the better is a useful tip to keep in mind.