Some of the most effective incenses are the simplest. One ingredient can serve the purposes you need. So before concocting some elaborate blend, take a look at this list and see if perhaps your need is included here. Then check out my blends

  • Allspice: Burn to attract money and luck and to provide extra physical energy.
  • Arabic, Gum: Use for purification and protection of the home.
  • Bay: Use small amounts for purification, healing, protection, and to sharpen psychic powers.
  • Benzoin: For purification, prosperity and increasing mental powers.
  • Cedar: Smolder for purification, protection, to speed healing, to promote spirituality and to obtain money.
  • Cinnamon: burn to sharpen psychic powers, to draw money, speed healing, confer protection, and to strengthen love.
  • Clove: Protection, exorcism, money, lover and purification.
  • Copal: Burn for protection, cleansing, purification, to promote spirituality, and to purify quartz crystals and other stones before use in magic.
  • Dragon's Blood: Use for love, protection, exorcism, and sexual potency.
  • Fern: Burn the dried fronds indoors to exorcise evil and outdoors to bring rain.
  • Frankincense: Protection, exorcism, spirituality, love, and consecration.
  • Juniper: Exorcism, protection, healing, and love.
  • Myrrh: Healing, protection, exorcism, peace, consecration, and meditation.
  • Pine: Smolder for money, purification, healing, and exorcism.
  • Rosemary: Burn for protection, exorcism, purification, healing and to cause sleep; to restore or maintain youth,
    to bring love and to increase intellectual powers.
  • Sage: Smolder to promote healing and spirituality.
  • Sandalwood: For protection, healing, exorcism, and spirituality.
  • Thyme: Health, healing, and purification.

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Incense composition and use is an art form in itself. Basically, an incense is any combination of plant material, perhaps combined with essential oils and a base, which are mixed together and burned or smoldered on charcoal.
In magical use, incense is burned for its vibrations alone as a kind of spell, while visualizing. But it can also be used as a background while performing other types of magic.
To use incense, ignite a charcoal block (the kind sold at meta-physical stores, not the kind you barbecue on!) and place in a heat proof container. An incense burner is fine, so is a dish half-filled with salt or sand. Sprinkle a small amount of incense on the glowing charcoal every few minutes during your spell.
Remember, however, that many sweetly-scented plants smell quite differently when burning, so don't be surprised if your incense isn't pleasant. The important factors here are the vibrations, not the scents.
From Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

Following are some of my favorite incense recipes. Remember, all herbs burn better if they are ground. If you don't want to take the time to grind them yourself, buy them already ground and mix in the proportions I give.

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
1 part Cinnamon

Burn as a general incense on the altar to purify the area

4 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
2 parts Benzoin
1 part Sandalwood
1 part Rosemary
1/2 part Cinnamon
1/2 part Rose Petals
1/4 part Vervain
1/4 part Bay

Use for general working in the Circle, the ritual working space and as a general ritual incense.


3 parts Frankincense
3 parts Copal
2 parts Myrrh
1 part Sandalwood

Burn this incense to clear your home of negative vibrations, especially when household members are arguing or when the house seems heavy and thick with anger, jealousy, depression, fear and other negative emotions. Leave the windows open while burning.


2 parts Wood Aloe
1 part Mace
1 part Storax (or Gum Arabic)
1 part Benzoin

Burn when purifying or consecrating magical tools, jewelry, quartz crystals and other stones. Smolder this incense and pass the object through the smoke several times. Do this while visualizing the fumes purifying the item.


2 parts Sandalwood
1 part Orange Peel
1 part Mace
1 part Cinnamon

Smolder during or directly before using Tarot cards, Magic Mirrors, Quartz Crystal Spheres, Rune Stones, and so on.


4 parts Frankincense
3 parts Myrrh
2 parts Benzoin
1 part Sandalwood
1 part Gardenia petals
1/2 part Orris
1/2 part Thyme
1/2 part Poppy seed
1/2 part Rose Petals

Burn during any rituals and spells on the Full Moon.


3 parts Frankincense
1 part Sandalwood

Burn during Full Moon rituals or simply to attune with the Lunar powers.


3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Dragon's Blood
1 part Myrrh
1 part Sandalwood
1 part Wood Betony
1/2 part Dill Seed
a few drops Rose Geranium Oil

Burn in your home to cleanse it, at least once a month, perhaps during the Dark of the Moon. Burn in a new home before moving in.


2 parts Dragon's Blood
1 part Orris Root
1/2 part Cinnamon
1/2 part Rose Petals
a few drops Musk Oil
a few drops Patchouli Oil

Burn to attract love, to strengthen the love you have and to expand your ability to give and receive love.


2 parts Frankincense
1 part Cinnamon
1 part Nutmeg
1 part Lemon Balm
1 part Citron

Burn to attract wealth.


1 part Gum Mastic
1 part Patchouli
1 part Cinnamon
1 part Juniper
1 part Sandalwood
a few drops Clove Oil
a few drops Nutmeg Oil

An All Purpose formula for any divinatory method.

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