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Recipes: Air Element

The Air Element is the energy of the free flow of movement, information and communication, and thus is used as an enhancing energy to such things as teaching, eloquence, travel, spiritual practice, and wisdom. Air element ingredients help a recipe flow freely, like a soft breeze.

You can either build your own recipes by choosing two or more aromatics from the Air Element Ingredients list, or you can start with one of the Air Element incense recipes provided below and make changes according to your tastes.
 

Air Element Incense Ingredients

Base Notes

Middle Notes

Top Notes

Benzoin
Burgundy Pitch
Dammar
Mastic
Sage-Desert
Sage-White
Sandalwood-Red
Spruce
Tolu Balsam
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lemongrass
Lemon Verbena
Palo Santo
Pine Resin
Anise
Bay Laurel
Bergamot

Marjoram
Peppermint
Pine Needles

Star Anise

Top notes are the first aromas we smell. They're often lighter, sweeter and spicier and diffuse into the air very quickly. Middle notes (heart notes) diffuse into the air more slowly. They give body and fullness to a recipe. Base notes are the longest lasting scents and most "fixed" of all. Most Base note ingredients are also "fixatives" meaning they combine or "fixate" all the ingredients together as one.

In most cases, at least one base note ingredient is recommended in a recipe. Combining multiple top, middle and base notes will create an aroma with much more depth and body. There are no hard and fast rules though so have fun experimenting with each group to see what suits you.

You can also blend Air Element ingredients with ingredients of other properties if you like, such as with those that are Astrological, or perhaps with a few that represent the current Season, etc. The possibilities are endless and filled with enjoyment... have fun!

Air Element Incense Recipes

Swaying Lavender
1 part Palo Santo Wood
1 part Mastic resin
1/4 part Lavender

Spicy Heavens
6 parts Mastic resin
1 part Benzoin
1 part Tolu Balsam
1 part Star Anise

Wind in the Pines
2 parts Colophony Pine resin
1 part Burgundy Pitch resin
1/2 part Pine Needles
1/2 part Desert Sage
A "part" is any unit of measurement you wish to use, provided it's consistent throughout the entire recipe. We often use the conversion of 1 part = 1, 2, or 3 grams for small batches, and maybe 1 part = 5 to 10 grams for larger batches, etc. If you prefer, you can use powdered volume measurements with teaspoons, tablespoons and/or cups.

Once you've selected the recipe or ingredients you wish to use, you're ready to begin making your own Air Element incense. First gather the ingredients you'll be using then click begin to get started using our step by step guides.

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