How to Use Loose Incense

Loose incense has been used for centuries in various cultures around the world for its aromatic properties and its ability to create a soothing ambiance. Whether you want to purify your living space, enhance meditation practices, or simply enjoy the pleasant fragrance, learning how to use loose incense is a delightful and rewarding experience. Many are interested in incorporating our hand-blended loose incense into their spiritual practice but are unsure how to get started. 

Here, I will walk you through the process of using loose incense effectively and safely.

To begin, ensure you have all the necessary supplies:

  1. Loose Incense: Choose a high-quality loose incense blend or single resin that suits your preferences. Popular options include frankincense, myrrh, sage, sandalwood, and palo santo. Raven Moonlight Botanicals offers a variety of hand-blended incenses you can use for meditation, working with deities and allies, or for spiritual development.
  2. Incense burner: Select a heat-resistant vessel designed specifically for burning incense. Options range from traditional incense burners to bowls filled with sand or ash. We have two simple burners to choose from or you may shop around for a style that fits your taste.
  3. Charcoal discs: If you’re using resin incense, you’ll need charcoal discs to burn them. These can be easily found in most spiritual or incense supply stores or on our online store here.
  4. Tongs or tweezers: These tools will allow you to handle the burning charcoal safely.

Prepare altar before lighting the incense, create a suitable space for burning:

  1. Choose a well-ventilated area: Ensure that there is proper airflow in the room to avoid excessive smoke buildup.
  2. Clear the area: For safety, remove any flammable objects or materials from the vicinity of the incense burner.
  3. Use a heat-resistant surface: Place your incense burner on a heatproof surface such as a ceramic plate or a layer of sand. Many burners come with a heat resistant pad for safety.

Ignite the Charcoal Disc. If you are using resin or loose incense, you’ll need to light a charcoal disc:

  1. Hold the charcoal disc with your tongs or tweezers.
  2. Ignite one edge of the disc using a lighter or a candle flame.
  3. Wait for the disc to spark and emit a red glow. This process may take a minute or two.

Add Loose Incense Once your charcoal disc is fully ignited, it’s time to add the loose incense:

  1. Wait for the charcoal to form a white ash layer (approximately 5 minutes). This indicates that it’s ready to receive the loose incense.
  2. Sprinkle a small amount of your chosen loose incense directly onto the charcoal disc. Start with a small quantity and add more as desired.
  3. Allow the incense to interact with the heat source and release its aromatic smoke.

Enjoy the Aroma Now that your incense is burning, take a moment to savor the fragrance and create a serene atmosphere for relaxation, meditation, or spiritual work.

  1. Breathe deeply and relax: Inhale the pleasant aroma and let it fill your senses.
  2. Focus your intentions: If you have a specific purpose, intention, or meditation practice in mind, direct your thoughts and energy towards that goal.Be mindful: Observe the dance of smoke and appreciate the beauty of the moment.

When you are finished you may allow the incense and charcoal to burn out naturally.  For safety, do not leave the incense unattended and ensure the area is clear of any flammable materials.

Using loose incense can be a transformative and spiritual experience. By following this step-by-step guide, you can safely enjoy the delightful aromas and benefits of loose incense. Remember to always prioritize safety by choosing a suitable burning area, handling hot objects with care, and paying attention to fire hazards. Explore various scents and find the ones that resonate with you the most, enhancing your spiritual practices, relaxation routines, or simply creating a tranquil atmosphere in your home.