As I have come to discover, there are quite a few different types of incense out there: resins, cones, sticks, those new incense matches… It’s crazy, all the options that are offered and then, some of them are kinda expensive.
So, if you are struggling, like most of us are, there is a way to make your own incense. You can use whatever you have available: mortar and pestle, hammer and sandwich bag. Take the herb/s that you want to turn into an incense and mash is up into whatever the desired consistency you wish it to be.
Now you need some charcoal. Not the kind that you BBQ with, unless you want to be inhaling CO2 fumes like no ones business. If you live in a big city or are just exceptionally lucky, you can find a smoke shop. It will sell cigarettes, hookahs, things of questionable legality (but you won’t get in trouble for visiting the store). The charcoal that they sell there will be exponentially cheaper than if you were to purchase it online or anywhere else, and its the same thing, which is awesome. Smoke shops sell them, just in case you were wondering, for hookahs.
Now, take a bowl. Preferably a heat-proof one (I use a Pyrex bowl, at the moment), and get some salt or sand in it. Light that piece of charcoal up, make sure it isn’t sparking anymore and place it in the sand. You know the herb that you mashed up a few minutes ago? Place a little bit of it on that hot piece of charcoal. And VOILA!!!!!!! Instant incense!!!!
Have fun with it, get creative! BUT MOST IMPORTANT: DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU USE AN HERB!!! YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT MAY BE TOXIC TO INHALE!!!