Incense for Specific Magick

BALANCE: Jasmine, orange, rose.


BANISHING: Cedar, clove, patchouli, rose rue, vervain.


BINDING: Apple, cypress, dragon's blood, pine, wormwood.


BLESSING, CONSECRATION: Carnation, cypress, frankincense, lotus, rosemary.


CHANGES: Dragon's blood, peppermint.


COURAGE: Allspice, dragon's blood, musk, rosemary.


CREATIVITY: Honeysuckle, lilac, lotus, rose, vervain.


DIVINATION: Acacia, cinnamon, honeysuckle, lilac, nutmeg, rose, thyme, yarrow.


ENERGY: Allspice, bay, carnation, cinnamon, dragon's blood, frankincense, ginger, lotus, musk, pine, thyme, rosemary, verbena.


GOOD LUCK: Bayberry, cedar, cinnamon, honeysuckle, jasmine, lotus, mint, nutmeg, strawberry, vervain, violet.


HAPPINESS: Apple blossom, basil, cedar, clove, cypress, fir, gardenia, sweet pea,


HARMONY: Jasmine, juniper, lavender, lilac, lily of the valley, lotus, myrrh, orange, patchouli, rose, rosemary, vetiver, vervain, ylang-ylang.


HEALING: Carnation, cedar, cinnamon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, gardenia, lavender, lotus, myrrh, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood.


INSPIRATION: Acacia, clove, cypress, fir, laurel, lily of the valley, rosemary, sage.


LOVE: Amber, apple blossom, frangipani, gardenia, honeysuckle, jasmine, juniper, lavender, vetiver, violet, ylang-ylang.


MEDITATION: Acacia, bay, cinnamon, frankincense, jasmine, myrrh, wisteria.


MONEY: Bayberry, bergamot, cinnamon, honeysuckle, jasmine, musk, vetiver.


PROTECTION: Basil, bay, bayberry, carnation, cinnamon, citronella, cypress, dragon's blood, fir, frankincense, jasmine, juniper, lilac, lily of the valley, marjoram, pine, sandalwood, violet.


PSYCHIC ABILITIES: Ambergris, honeysuckle, lemon, lotus, mimosa, nutmeg, wisteria.


PURIFICATION: Basil, bay laurel, cedar, cinnamon, citronella, dragon's blood, eucalyptus, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sage, thyme, vervain.


REMOVING HEXES: Cedar, myrrh, Vetiver.


SPIRITUALITY: Frankincense, lotus, myrrh, sandalwood.


SUCCESS: Ginger.


VISIONS: Acacia, bay laurel, frankincense, lotus.


WILL POWER: Rosemary.


Love Incense

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

Money Incense

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

Psychic Awareness 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


Daily Incense

Sunday: Lemon, frankincense.
Monday: African violet, honeysuckle, myrtle, willow, wormwood.
Tuesday: Dragon's blood, patchouli.
Wednesday: Jasmine, lavender, sweet pea.
Thursday: Cinnamon, musk, nutmeg, sage.
Friday: Strawberry, sandalwood, rose, saffron, vanilla.
Saturday: Black poppy seeds, myrrh.


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 favorites. 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 sandalwood 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 Sanctuary (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. Health food 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:


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.

Lavender flowers
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’

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 visualizations as well as strengthening vitality.

Bay (Laurel)
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.
In general:

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.

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