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,
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,
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,
HEALING: Carnation, cedar, cinnamon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus,
gardenia, lavender, lotus, myrrh, orange, peppermint, rose,
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,
MONEY: Bayberry, bergamot, cinnamon, honeysuckle, jasmine, musk,
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,
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.
VISIONS: Acacia, bay laurel, frankincense, lotus.
WILL POWER: Rosemary.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For a more divinatory meditation, to open up the third eye or
simply explore psychic awareness, some other herbs can be
A classic witchcraft herb. Used for sharpening awareness,
prophetic dreams and introspection, sharpens visualizations 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
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
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
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
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.