How To Make Incense From Leftover Herbs

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Growing your own herbs is a lot of fun, and what’s even more fun is using your home-grown herbs when cooking meals. But, the fun shouldn’t stop there! With this quick and easy DIY project, you can make your own incense from leftover herbs.

All you need are fresh herbs (even store-bought herbs will do)— eucalyptus, lavender, rose, rosemary, sage, thyme— some cotton string and a heat-proof plate or dish.

DIY herbal incense.
Wrap leftover herbs with cotton string to make a great DIY incense.

Wrap the herbs in a bundle using the string, just like in the photo (specific instructions here, but the photo is probably worth a 1000 words). Hang the herbs in a cool, dry place, and out of direct sunlight. Your pantry is a perfect place for this.

In about two or three weeks, the herbs should be dry enough to burn. Simply put the bundle on a ceramic dish, light them, and then blow the flame out after 10 seconds. This will smolder for a while, letting off an aromatic fragrance that will fill the whole room.

DIY incense from leftover herbs is a great way to make a room smell amazing. It’s also how you can “smudge” a room, which is the Native American practice to ritually cleanse a space. Bye-bye fishy smells, cigarette odors, and unwanted spirits!

These incense bundles can also be used as a fire-starter in the fireplace or campfire, which will make a large room or area smell nice. And, they’re a virtually free gift that just about anyone would love to have.

Source: Lifehacker.com Image credit: Thekitchn.com

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