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The Aromas of Christmas: Four Incense Recipes

The Aromas of Christmas:  Four Incense Recipes

These easy-to-make yet evocative holiday incenses will rekindle vivid memories and sensations of the season, and inspire new ones for the future. Rich with the aromas of nutmeg, fir, juniper, and more, these scents will bring the holiday to life.

Angel’s Smoke Incense

50 g benzoin resin
60 g storax resin
30 g white sandalwood
8 g cloves
2 or 3 pieces of orris root
2 nutmegs
A small amount of fresh lemon rind
A splash of rose water

Grind the nutmegs, cloves, orris root, and sandalwood. Crush the benzoin and storax resins with a mortar and pestle. Thoroughly mix these ingredients together. Grate fresh lemon rind over the mixture, splash with rose water, and knead to blend. Place the incense on the smoking coal in small portions.

Yule Smoke

Equal parts of:
Pine resin

This incense can be used for any winter rite. You can also smudge the house with it, but traditionally only during the period from November 1 to March 21st.

Holy Nights Incense

Equal parts of:
Ground fir resin
Whole juniper berries
Chopped mugwort herb or stripped flowers
Chopped sweetgrass

Mix all ingredients together. Place incense by teaspoonfuls on the glowing coal.

Christmas Incense

3 parts frankincense
2 parts myrrh
1 part cassia
1 part mace
1/2 part clove buds

Thoroughly grind all the ingredients together in a mortar into very small parts. Place by teaspoonfuls on the smoking coals. A Christmas scent will follow very quickly!

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Adapted from Pagan Christmas, by Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling (Inner Traditions, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Pagan Christmas, by Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling (Inner Traditions, 2003).

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5:53AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thanks for posting.

9:52PM PST on Feb 1, 2010

Great for Winter Soltice

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I would try a mail-order store a good one that I can think of off the top of my head is I know that they carry all kinds of herbs.

1:32PM PST on Nov 18, 2007

Where would I buy any of those herbs / plants in Australia?

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