Lets admit it, most of the world isn’t too keen on having mosquitoes around. However, many of us are not too fond of the mosquito repellents either, as they often times smell pretty horrible.
We recently came across the recipe for an all-natural incense which is not only not toxic or harmful, but also very effective!
- Mortar and Pestle
- 4 small bowls
- Gram Scale of Measuring Spoons
- Wax Paper – to protect your work area
- Makko Powder or Charcoal
- White Ash
- Loose Incense Burner
- Small Charcoal Tongs
- Whole Dried Cloves
- Dried Rosemary
- Dried Star Anise
- Frankincense Resin
Measure out 2 parts of dried clove to 1 part rosemary, 1 part star anise, and 2 parts frozen frankincense resin into separate bowls. Store the bowl of resin in the freezer until ready to grind.
Grind the cloves with the mortar and pestle or a burr grinder if you prefer, then return it to its bowl. Repeat with rosemary and star anise. Be sure to clean mortar and pestle after done with herbs.
To work the resin, first of all brace for a bit of a mess, then begin to break up the frozen pieces with the mortar and pestle. When you’ve achieved some success and a mess, return the mortar to the freezer for a few minutes and try to round up as many stray pieces of frankincense as you can. Start grinding the resin again, and stop when it begins to get gummy and progress slows. Return to the freezer. It may take a few rounds of grinding before the resin is small enough to mix with the other ingredients, but when it is ready, carefully return it to its bowl.
Start combining ingredients by adding the cloves, rosemary, and star anise to the mortar. Work with the pestle until they’re combined well. Then add the resin and pestle again. Once mixing is complete, seal the incense and let it sit for one day before use. Clean mortar and pestle with coconut oil for best results.
If you are going to burn your incense with makko, start by filling your burner almost to the top with white ash, and tap the bottom of the bowl to condense it. Using your fingertip, make a shallow trail across the ash. Fill the depression with makko powder and press in lightly. Light one end of the powder trail and sprinkle incense over the top.
If you prefer charcoal as a method to burn your incense, fill the bowl of the burner almost to the top with ash, and again, tap the bottom of the bowl to condense it. Place the charcoal atop the ash and light it using a mini torch or something along those lines. When a fine coating of gray ash covers appears on the coal add incense.
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