I’ve decided to make some Kyphi for my store. I’ve made incense balls before and quite enjoyed it, I’ve always been curious about Kyphi – however it does take some time to make and has an epic list of ingredients. I found myself thinking that if I am really going to be a crafty artisan product driven witch in business and in life then conquering the famous Kyphi is a giant step in the right direction.
I used a recipe from Artistic Witch and adapted it to suit what I had and where I was heading with it. I also added and subtracted a few of my own ingredients to give it a more personal touch. Hopefully when it’s completed it will smell divine! Most (near all) ingredients in my Kyphi are either Certified Organic or Wildcrafted.
Here is where I started with all of my ingredients. I had the romantic notion of using my mortar and pestle in true traditional style while making this incense. The futility was immediately evident so I chose to use my coffee grinder instead - so much easier!
My Frankincense all ground up.
The Myrrh was added.
As was the Bezoin, Copal and Dragon's Blood.
A selection of herbs in my grinder.
It is all together in the jar - although yesterday I changed this. I went to shake it to mix it up a bit, resins set hard even with other herbs in it, so it is now in a chinese container where I can break it up and shake it as needed.
This is the final mix all together before it was placed in the jar.
Here is my fruit mix. I didn't have raisins so sultanas it was, with dates and port. I didn't have any red wine and we had leftover port from Xmas. Very frugal of me I thought.
Here it is in better light in its container. This I will be turning every day to keep it even and well marinated.
I’m going to leave it all marinating and whatnot for the next week then I will make the balls which will dry for three weeks. Hopefully they will be ready in time for my store’s grand re-opening. (More on that later).