Monday, September 25, 2017

Magickal Monday #46

Easy Homemade Incense Sticks

Loose, dried herbs or spices
Cigarette papers*
Newspaper or a plate (this isn't a messy project, but any spilled herbs can easily be cleaned up and reused if you have paper covering your work area)

1.  Pick a flat surface to work on, and cover it with newspaper. You can also do this on a plate.
2.  Take one cigarette paper from the package and lay it flat on your work surface. You want the glue strip to be facing up on the top most edge.
3.  Carefully sprinkle you herbs along the midpoint of the paper. Most cigarette papers have a crease in the middle, this is what you want to aim for. You can use more than one kind of herb, but be careful not to add too much overall.
4.  Roll the paper as you would a cigarette. If you don't know how to roll, you can Google this step. I can't give you the instructions for hand rolling because I can't hand roll to save my life. If you have a cigarette roller of any type, this step is easier. Just remember to clean the roller afterward or future cigarettes will taste odd.**

That's all there is to it. These don't last nearly as long as traditional incense sticks, but they work nicely in a pinch. I was able to circumnavigate my entire place with one of these and it burned just a little more than half way down. If you pinch an end and make it small enough, it can fit into a regular joss stick holder. These can also be placed vertically inside a container filled with sand or salt. The nice thing about these is that the paper doesn't burn with any strong odor. On the downside, the incense doesn't produce a very strong scent. That may or may not be so bad depending on your wants and/or needs.

*Cigarette papers are considered tobacco products, so you will have to be of a certain age to purchase them. Check your local laws. I am of legal age to purchase tobacco products in my state of residence.
**I am in no way shape or form advocating the use of tobacco products. 

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