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September 21, 2020 3 min read

5 Types of Incense You Can Use

Incense is a powerful and popular spiritual tool that can be used at your altar, during your meditation practice, and with your spellwork. It represents the element of Air, so when you are invoking the elements, this is the perfect tool to have.

Most people don’t realize that there are a few different types of incense that can be used! This blog post serves to share the 5 types of incense you can use and even a hot tip on making your own. Believe it or not, it’s actually pretty easy to make your own!

1. Incense Sticks

Incense sticks are the most popular variation of incense and are easily obtainable. You can stick these in a bowl of salt, or get an incense holder to put them in. They light easily and burn out on their own. These are great for those who are sensitive to smoke but still want to add some incense to their spiritual regime. This incense is perfect for any spiritual and spellwork necessary.

2. Incense Cones

Incense cones are another popular variation of incense that is also easily obtainable. They are easy to light, and can be added to basically any fireproof surface out there! There are special cones called "backflow" cones that you can get a special holder for. This adds a smoky and spiritual element to your altar. This incense is good for any spiritual and spellwork necessary.

3. Incense Powder

Incense powder is a loose variation of incense cones, basically a powder. This is popular for short and quick incense needs as they don't stay lit for long. Most are self igniting so you only have to add a little bit of flame to it. You can add this to a fire safe bowl or container to light and set intentions for. This incense is perfect for quick spells, meditations, and when your time is limited.

4. Loose Leaf Incense

Loose leaf incense is made from common dried herbs. The most popular ones are dried lavender, sage, or rosemary. But you can essentially use any herb when burning them in this method. They are best burned on a charcoal table in an incense holder specifically for this type to keep them burning for a while. They do produce a lot of smoke so be sure to keep the area ventilated.

5. Incense Resin

Incense resin is incense made with a gumming agent so that they make pellets. Incense resin must be burned on a charcoal tablet on a fire safe bowl or incense holder made specifically for this. They burn really hot and for a very long time. They produce a lot of smoke and it is common to use a cover to tamper down the smoke a bit. This type of incense is common when cleansing homes or having a need for long burning incense like rituals and spellwork.

Hot Tip: Making your own incense is actually easier than it sounds!

Believe it or not, making your own incense is actually quite easy! The most common home made incense is loose leaf incense. You can make your own herbal blends and add some incense resin to aid in the spiritual properties. Experiment with different blends for specific intentions and see how this helps amplify your spiritual practice!

Do you use incense in your spiritual practice? What is your favorite kind?

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