Making -- Part Two
Powdering Incense Materials
on the left is a machine used by Japanese incense companies
to powder ingredients. It pulverizes the materials instead
of grinding them in an electric powder mill. This keeps
the material from being overheated and losing aromatic
integrity. This is very important because materials like
Sandalwood will lose some ranges of aroma entirely, as
well as generally weakening the overall aroma.
are a couple of methods you can use at home that work well.
One is the Mexican culinary Molcajete shown here on the left.
way is using a hand crank coffee mill like the one shown
on the left.
you can find ingredients already powdered. Ingredients like
Clove, Cassia, (Cinnamon) Spikenard, etc. can be obtained
from Spice and Ayurvedic herb suppliers. Cassia is usually
called "Vietnamese Cinnamon" and you should look
for one with 4% oil content or better. Check out our Woods
and Herbs section for these ingredients.
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-- David Oller 2000 - 2002