A Beginner’s Guide to Burn Incense

A Beginner’s Guide to Burn Incense

Incense is a substance that’s burned to produce a fragrant scent. In fact, the word “incense” is derived from the Latin word for “to burn.”Incense are plant materials that are burned to release their fragrant aromas.

How to burn incense

  1. Light the tip of incense stick/cone with a candle, match or a lighter
  2. Allow the flame to burn for a few seconds, and gently extinguish by blowing or fanning out the flame.
  3. Place it into the incense holder. You can also place the incense holder on a plate that might easier catch the ashes.

Forms of Incense

  • Coils
  • Cones
  • Powders
  • Sticks

Incense benefits

  1. To clear negative energy
  2. To deepen concentration while meditating
  3. To connect to your memories
  4.  To start a new routine, and to set a timer
  5. To practice mindfulness
  6. It may help soothe stress
  7. Stimulate creativity

The best time to burn incense

Morning Routine - get ready in the morning can help start 

Afternoon Relax - end your day on the right note

Evening Ritual - wind down for bed in the evening

How long does it take for an incense stick to burn 

An incense stick is expected to burn for 20-40 minutes in most common cases, depending on its thickness, length, and quality. Of course, the burning time of the incense would depend on the size of the incense stick. You are also welcome to split a stick into half to shorten the burn time if you prefer less smoke and mild fragrance scent.

A note on safety, and few words of caution 

  • Always keep your incense stick on a burner that is flameproof and is meant for the purpose. (you can browse our collection of various stick incense burners here)
  • Please ensure you put the incense on surface that is heat-resistant, and no flammable items like curtains or Papers are near where the ashes can drop.
  • Never keep incense sticks within reach of children, pets, and babies. It can cause serious burns and scars if touched accidentally.
  • An incense stick should not be consumed orally, no matter what.

If you have any other questions about how to use stick incense, please feel free to leave us a note in comments. 


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