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Incense

Incense is a mixture of bark, herbs, and resins. Bark from sandalwood and cinnamon are commonly used in the mix. Some of the herbs in the mixture may include henna, sage, and lemon grass. Other woods, roots, and dried flowers are also used. Resin is dried tree sap. The two most famous resins are frankincense and myrrh. To gather resin, the bark of a tree is cut. The sap is allowed to slowly drip out. As the sap dries, it becomes hard and forms into “tears”.  It takes three months for the sap to dry completely. The tears are then scraped off and used as resin.

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Photo by: Emmanuel Boutet, GFDL

Look at the photos below of resins from commons.wikimedia.org.

Can you find the tear with an insect stuck inside?

Photo by: Emmanuel Boutet, GFDL

Photo by: André Karwath, CC_BY-SA-2.5

Learn about Making Incense

Incense-Making.com

“step by step guides to making natural incense”; instructions, recipes, photos, and links

Scents of Earth.com

instructions on how to make incense

Aromaweb.com

information about aromatherapy and incencse