Used to induce states of deep peace and relaxation, Afghan herbal incense is thick and strongly scented -- made from a combination of three different trees. There are several ways to make incense at home using simple instruments and ingredients, but to create the kind of rich resinous incense that usually typifies Afghan herbal incense, there is one method that is superior. Real Afghan incense is so strong in fact, that it is marketed by many herbal companies as a legal high, or marijuana alternative, due to the possibility that it may produce an altered state of mind.
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Things you need
- Balsam of Peru
- Bay leaves
- Himalaya Birch bark
- Mortar and pestle
- Mixing bowl
- Waxed paper
Grind up the Himalayan Birch bark into a powdery form with the mortar and pestle and put it in the mixing bowl.
Add the bay leaves and continue to grind the two herbs into a dry powder.
Add Balsam of Peru to the mix, stirring it in, until the powdered herbs are completely saturated.
Chop up the raisins into fine bits.
Add chopped raisins to the herbal mix.
Pour honey into the herbal mix.
Grind the mixture until the raisins have been completely ground into a thick paste that binds the herbs and the honey.
Roll the herbal resin into small balls and store them wrapped in waxed paper until ready for use.
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