Tibetan Style Incense Sticks

Posted on Thursday 9 October 2008

incense sticks are hand rolled and do not include potassium nitrate. They will definitely look home made, and you may need to persevere to get your blend exactly right to create a stick that burns well!

  • 30 parts Sandalwood Powder
  • 1 part Tragacanth Gum Powder
  • 17 part warm water (floral water is suitable)

 Combine your powders thoroughly, and then slowly add the warm water a little at a time until you have made a “dough” that can be formed in your hands. Roll the dough into a ball, and continue rolling/adding water (you may not need to use all of the water) until the ball holds together without any large cracks. Break off sections and roll into sticks (or cones if preferred) with your hands. Traditional Tibetan sticks are around 4mm thick, and about 12 cm long. Place in a warm position to dry – usually 3-4 days.N.B.: A “part” is the ratio to work within, however, you need to keep in mind that for some ingredients weight (gm) is better, and for others volume (mL) is better – it’s all part of the process!


To make variations of the incense sticks there are numerous gums, resins and herbs that have delightful aromatic properties.

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