I use all natural ingredients for this kyphi; no fragrance oils or synthetics even come near it. Some ingredients, like the saffron, are extremely expensive, which accounts for the high price of this incense. They are mixed together in a high-fired ceramic bowl with a wooden spatula to preserve their potency. Following the ancient Egyptian custom, I add the wine-dampened, ground ingredients one at a time in a specific order to the base of chopped raisins and honey.
The result is a very complex combination of light sweetness, spice, and resin with dark undertones. This is a subtle incense that is not as smokey as one would think, considering the honey and the dried fruit, which are usually added to give smokiness to incense and to create a way for the scents to hang in the air. The scent is *extremely* relaxing and great for astral work; it is also recommended for rituals conducted at night. It makes a wonderful contrast to Dioscorides' kyphi. To my mind, this is the more Moon of the two.
Traditionally kyphi was rolled into pills, but I have left it in a loose crumble so that you can make whatever size pellets you want (I suggest smallish ones, no larger than a blueberry, as this incense is volatilized slowly on account of the asphaltum). If the material is not moist enough to stick together, add a few drops of honey and mix with a silver or wooden spoon. Proportions will not be put out of joint by doing this, since the recipe calls simply for "sufficient" honey. Please note that it requires charcoal to burn, as it is composed of pure ingredients and contains no charcoal filler. I also have Dioscorides' kyphi and Edfu kyphi.
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