I have a very good witchy friend here in town. Whenever we get together, we always exchange little practice items with each other. Sometimes is herbs, crystals, & this last time it was Rope Incense. I had never seen it before & I couldn’t remember hearing about it either. This rope incense is Sandalwood.
Rope incense is handmade typically in the Nepal or Tibetan area & used in Hinduism & Buddhism. It’s all-natural herbs, flowers, plants, trees from the Himalayans along with resins ground & mixed together in a rice paper & rolled tightly. When you want to burn the incense, place the rope on top of a pile of ash & light 1 end. I enjoyed using it & then my attention turned to making my own incense.
I have an apothecary full of dried herbs & flowers. I have a fabulous collection of essential oils. A sleeve of charcoal discs. I started looking on Pinterest for incense recipes, but that started a rabbit hole of recipes, DIY cones, there were videos… so I had to go to bed, but today my interest is still there. Why limit my apothecary to just spell jars & candle dressing?
I found out that you can use fruit too! the dried fruit peels can be put into the mortar & pestle. For things like bark or seeds. Once they are small enough, a run through a coffee grinder will help break them down to be easier in the mortar & pestle. If you are making loose incense, the need to use the coffee grinder instead of using the small chips or pieces of wood & resins will ultimately come down to personal preference.
Larger pieces or chunks of wood bigger than a grain of rice & resins will damage a coffee grinder. You are better off using something like a hammer & chisel to break them into tiny pieces before using
Once you have the batches of incense put together, incense recipes are typically done in parts. So then your measurement style would be based on how you’re measuring. By volume would be using items such as tsp or Tbsp. By use would require a scale & be able to weigh things in grams or parts of grams such as 0.1g. The batches can then be stored in sealed glass jars for future use if you make them by volume.