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Recipes: Strengthening

Strengthening incense ingredients are traditionally used to strengthen us both emotionally and physically.

You can either build your own recipes by choosing two or more aromatics from the Strengthening Ingredients list, or you can start with one of the Strengthening incense recipes provided below and make changes according to your tastes.

Strengthening Incense Ingredients

Base Notes

Middle Notes

Top Notes

Aloeswood
Burgundy Pitch
Cedarwood
Dammar
Dragon's Blood
Elemi
Frankincense
Guggul
Juniper Wood
Labdanum
Myrrh
Opoponax
Patchouli
Sandalwood
Spikenard
Spruce
Storax
Vanilla

Vetiver
Basil
Calamus
Cinnamon
Cloves
Colophony Pine
Galangal
Ginger
Iris root
Juniper Berries
Juniper Tips
Lemon Balm
Mugwort
Palo Santo
Rose
Sage-Desert
Sandarac
Turmeric
Bay Laurel
Cardamom
Coriander
Eucalyptus
Hibiscus

Nutmeg
Pine Needles
Rosemary
Saffron
Thyme

Top notes are the first aromas we smell. They're often lighter, sweeter and spicier and diffuse into the air very quickly. Middle notes (heart notes) diffuse into the air more slowly. They give body and fullness to a recipe. Base notes are the longest lasting scents and most "fixed" of all. Most Base note ingredients are also "fixatives" meaning they combine or "fixate" all the ingredients together as one.

In most cases, at least one base note ingredient is recommended in a recipe. Combining multiple top, middle and base notes will create an aroma with much more depth and body. There are no hard and fast rules though so have fun experimenting with each group to see what suits you.

You can also blend Strengthening ingredients with ingredients of other properties, such as those that promote Healing or enhance Courage, or perhaps with a few in tune with the Season, etc. The possibilities are endless and filled with fun... enjoy!

Strengthening Incense Recipes


Strengthening Spirit

4 parts Sandalwood
4 parts Aloeswood
1 part Cinnamon
1 part Clove
1 part Spikenard
1 part Turmeric

Still Moon on Lake
1 part Frankincense
1 part Elemi
1 part Dammar (white)
1 part Colophony Pine
1 part Pine Needles
 

Fortitude
2 parts Atlas or Lebanon Cedar
2 parts Burgundy Pitch/Spruce
1 part Colophony Pine
1 part Juniper Berries
1 part Pine Needles
1 part Eucalyptus
A "part" is any unit of measurement you wish to use, provided it's consistent throughout the entire recipe. We often use the conversion of 1 part = 1, 2, or 3 grams for small batches, and maybe 1 part = 5 to 10 grams for larger batches, etc. If you prefer, you can use powdered volume measurements with teaspoons, tablespoons and/or cups.

Once you've selected the recipe or ingredients you wish to use, you're ready to begin making your own Strengthening incense. First gather the ingredients you'll be using then click begin to get started using our step by step guides.

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