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Natural Incense is made from natural ingredients and contains only pure botanicals herbal incense. Many of the ingredients also have aromatherapy benefits. The incense may contain incense resins from trees and plants, but it may also contain aromatic herbs, spices, roots and barks. Some blends may also have essential oils added in small amounts. In spellcraft, herbs or other botanicals may be added to ’empower’ the incense for magickal intent. Part of the pleasure is to make your own blend.
How to use Natural Incense:
Natural Incense burns on charcoal blocks or discs, it is the oldest way of burning incense. There are no chemical additives or accelerants to make the incense burn, many manufactured incense cones and sticks can be irritating to the airways, and are not always ethically made. Many incense sticks and cones are ‘blanks’ that are dipped into a synthetic perfume oil. Incense in its natural form is considered by many cultures and faiths to be healing and sacred. I hope to bring you the best of all worlds, for pleasure, meditation, yoga, ceremony or aromatherapy. All you need is the incense blend or ingredients of your choice, a heatproof dish known as a censer, charcoal discs and some tweezers or tongs to hold the charcoal as you light it.
Censers can be any heatproof dish, I like to use Cauldrons as they contain the heat extremely well, and the lid can be used to extinguish the charcoal as required. Ideally the censer should be on a heat resistant surface, as the charcoal can make censers very hot. Please pick up hot censers using the handle, tongs or tweezers. It is better to fill the censer with sand, ash or earth, as this insulates the bowl, and not only helps the charcoal burn more efficiently for longer, but it distributes the heat better too, helping to protect the base of the censer from the heat.
To light the charcoal disc:
1. Hold the charcoal disc with tweezers or tongs in a naked flame – such as a candle flame. The disc will spit and spark a little over the surface (please do not use your fingers as the discs heat up very quickly and can cause burns)
2. Place the disc in your heatproof censer or bowl, with the well facing upwards, wait a while until the edge of the disc turns grey
3. Now you are ready to add your incense to the centre of the disc. Add a pinch of pure natural incense, a little goes a long way
4. the disc will remain hot and glow for about an hour, each pinch of incense will fragrance the room for 15-30 minutes
Please wait for the charcoal to go cold before disposing of ashes. Charcoal discs keep fresh for longer in a sealed container in a cool dry place.