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How to Burn Loose Incense

how to burn loose incense

Loose incense is an excellent way to bring fragrance and spirituality into your home. It comes in various scents and properties like frankincense, myrrh, or copal. Burning loose incense is a simple practice that can be used to deepen meditations and connect you with higher states of consciousness.

Burning loose incense can be done in several ways, such as with a traditional charcoal burner or electric resin burner. No matter which option you select, make sure to use proper tools and keep the incense away from children.

Candle Incense Burner

For an easy way to enjoy loose incense, use a candle incense burner. This is an economical and simple way to create a peaceful environment in your home. Simply place the jar candle atop of a fine mesh sink strainer, and you’re ready to start inhaling those wonderful fragrances!

Resin Incense Burner

Burning loose resin incense on charcoal is the most popular way to enjoy it, however this can produce a lot of smoke which may not be beneficial for people with respiratory issues. Therefore, many opt for electronic resin burners when burning their loose incense.

Electric Loose Incense Burner

An electric incense burner is an ideal choice for those who are allergic to smoke or want to minimize the risk of breathing inhalant fumes. It’s also handy when traveling and needing to bring incense with them.

At most craft and specialty stores for around $20, you can purchase an electric incense burner. All that’s necessary to get started is a small ceramic dish or bowl, some charcoal, and loose incense.

Once you have all your ingredients, it is time to prefire your burner. For best results, use a small fireproof dish or bowl as a vessel.

You will need a piece of charcoal, which can be purchased at most hardware stores, and some loose incense. The charcoal should be red or orange in color and must be sifted from the herbs before burning it.

As the coal and herbs burn, you will enjoy an intoxicating scent from your incense. As the flames grow, feel free to add more incense for longer burning times and maximum aromatic enjoyment.

Once all remaining charcoal and herbs have been sifted out, allow them to cool completely. Doing this prevents dust accumulation or ash buildup in your burner.

If you prefer, an incense burner from an online retailer is perfect for this task. This allows you to control the temperature and flame with ease, while keeping ash and charcoal away from your incense sticks.


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