Incense is a common part of many rituals and spells, appearing in witchcraft and Wiccan practices of all kinds.
Typically when talking about witchcraft incense (or Wiccan incense, Pagan incense... just magickal incense!) we're referring to loose dried herbs which are burned on a charcoal disk. Store bought incense in sticks and cones works as well, but we witchy types have a thing for crafting our own tools, don't we? The plants which are added to the incense are chosen for their magickal associations more so than scent, so making your own mixture for spells can require some research.
Natural loose incense isn't synthetically perfumed like most store bought kinds, and its smell while burning can take some getting used to. Most people are accustomed to artificial smells in incense and are surprised when the natural kind smells a whole lot earthier. However as you become accustomed to homemade incense you'll start to appreciate its woodsy scent and get to know your own preferences.
Below are some simple recipes to get you started making your own incense. A full set of herbs can be found in the shop. This herb set includes a list of herb meanings for use in witchcraft so you can get creative and craft your own personalized blends.
As you mix the herbs together in a bowl with your fingers, make sure you visualize your intent or goal, exactly as you'd like to see it manifest. Store it in an sealed jar with a lid, and burn some on a charcoal disk as needed.
- 1 part sage
- 1 part patchouli
- 1 part peppermint
- 1 part Rose petals
- 1 part lavender
- 1 part jasmine
Clearing incense (use this to clear your house or space after a negative situation occurs, or just while house cleaning)
- 1 part Witch Hazel
- 1 part rosemary
- 1 part Sage
- 1 part Juniper berry
- 1 part elder berry
- 1 part wormwood
- 1 part catnip
- 1 part chamomile
- 1 part lavender
If you don't like having heavy smoke around, these simple herbal mixtures can be used in many other ways. You can place them in a bowl somewhere in your home to let off their natural scent like dry potpourri, or simmer them on the stove over low heat to spread their smell and energy. You can sprinkle them under your door mat, around the edge of your property, or use for dressing candles.
As you can see, many herbs are multi purpose, and can be mixed and matched in a ton of different ways.
Visit White Moon Witchcraft to learn more, and don't forget to have a look at our list of witchcraft herbs and their meanings.