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Monday, September 24, 2012


Kyphi was an Egyptian temple incense formula so important that its formula was engraved onto temple walls. Various formulas existed. Kyphi is an oil and fat-free formula, based on wine and raisins with added fragrant botanicals. It was used in sacred ritual but also to relieve insomnia and provide deep sleep.

Ingredients might include:
  • Cardamom pods
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander seeds
  • Frankincense
  • Golden raisins
  • Honey
  • Juniper berries
  • mastic resin
  • Myrrh
  • Red wine
  • Rosebuds
  • Sweet flag/calamus root
The scent traveled through the ancient world: the Egyptians were scandalized when the Greeks began to use kyphi as an aphrodisiac.

The Egyptian method of creating Kyphi was complex, here is an example. Currently, the name kyphi is frequently used by manufacturers of spiritual products to indicate any incense possessing an ancient Egyptian "ambiance."

Source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
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