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February 25, 2021 3 min read

Why Should you use Incense?

Incense has been traditionally used for generations in many cultures for both ceremonial and medicinal purposes; they have different fragrances and scents to choose from. Commonly, however, you will often see it being used for meditation, yoga, or to relax after the end of a hard-working day. When not overused, Incense can help deal with nausea, anxiety, and stress while also increasing focus and productivity.

Firstly, you should have the incense itself, with your preferred fragrance, type, and size. Secondly, to make your life a bit easier, you will want to find a suitable holder for your incense, this will help you avoid a mess and can also be used as décor. And lastly, you will want to use something to burn the Incense with; consider using a lighter or matches.

Step-By-Step Guide on Burning Incense

  • Pick up your incense and light the end of the stickwith a lighter or match. Make sure to hold the stick while it's burning for at least a few seconds.
  • Stop burning it once it's on fire. Extinguish the flameand check to see if the tip of the incense is glowing or not.
  • After extinguishing the fire, if the stick's tip looks ashy, you will want to redo all the steps and light up the incense stick
  • If you notice that the incense stick's tip is lightly glowing, you will want to blow on it gently. If you can smell the incense's fragrance, then it means you have followed the steps correctly.
  • Now you will want to place your Incense onto a holderwith the tip facing upwards. Make sure to have the tip and the entire incense stick over the censer. If your stick is tallerthan your censer, consider trimming itdown before placing it.

 

How Long Does Incense Burn

Most types of incense will burn till the end of the stick and extinguish themselves. Each stick or cone can burn for up to 25-30 minutes, respectively, depending on its size and thickness. On the other hand, resin incense can burn for longer but depending on the amount being used and the burner type. If you're burning resin incense without charcoal tablets and with tea lights, then it can last for a very long time.

Tips for using Incense Safely

However, practicing safety is essential; you will not want to leave the incense unattended when burning and dip it in water before leaving the room.

  • Please do not touch the tip of the incense once it is burning!
  • Make sure that you are placing the holder on a heat-resistant surface before you light up your incense.
  • Make sure not to keep burners near open windows or drafty areas.
  • Do not place your burner inside closed environments like closets or wardrobes.
  • Keep out of reach from children, pets, and curtains.

How to Put out Incense

  • Please pick up the incenseonce it is extinguished
  • Press the tip of it against a heat resistant surfaceuntil the ember falls off
  • You can also dipthe tip in water; this is a more reliable way to extinguish the embers
  • Dispose the incensebefore cleaning the holder

Incense has many benefits and practical uses. Hopefully, with our step-by-step guide, you can now burn Incense a bit more safely. Consider leaving us a comment so we can help connect with you and answer any questions you may have regarding incense, fragrances, and types.


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