Contributor post by Emily and Erick of Heidi’s Bridge
Now that winter has finally settled in, that means below-freezing temperatures and grey skies are the norm in the Northeast. Although we cozy up to steaming mugs of tea and thick socks to beat the chill, our thoughts are of a warm spring breeze and flowers beneath our feet. To combat the winter doldrums, we made this DIY Flower Incense Bundle to remind us of sunnier days ahead.
You Will Need:
Assorted Dried Flowers: Lavender, Rose Petals, Safflower, Calendula flowers, Chamomile buds
Honey (or water)
Bamboo sticks, cut to 4 inches
Dried Lavender Stems
1. Add a 1 tsp of each flower into mortar and pestle and mix together. Grind flowers with mortar and pestle until they are small granules.
2. Using pestle, grind about 3 tsp of charcoal into mortar with ground flowers.
3.Slowly add honey into other ingredients until it forms a putty that can be formed around the bamboo sticks. Add more honey if mixture is too crumbly and more herb powder if too sticky. Note: This will be messy so do this step over a surface that is easy to wipe down.
4. Let the charcoal sticks dry on wax paper a few days until completely dry.
5. Once charcoal incense sticks are dry, it’s time to make your incense bundles. Bundle two sticks with a small piece of palo santo and a sprig or two of dried lavender. Tie together with kitchen twine and enjoy!