How to burn loose incense
Burning loose incense may seem a little intimidating, but I promise you that it is very easy! You will fall in love, instantly with the magic of the ritual. Here is a step by step guide, with photos.
Step 1: Find a safe spot, away from anything flammable.
Step 2: Place something on surface that will help protect it. I like using these woven trivets. You can find them in lots of vintage shops and in thrift stores.
Step 3: Choose a fire proof vessel such as ceramic or brass. I love using the Rhino Pottery ritual bowls I offer in my shop!
Step 4: Add a little salt or sand the this vessel you chose. This acts as a heat insulator for the charcoal and will offer some protection to your ceramic or brass.
Step 5: Add a charcoal disc.
Step 6: ignite charcoal disc by placing a flame to it until it sparks across disc. This can take up to 50 seconds. I personally like to ignite the 4 directions: North, South, East, West. Let the disc get hot for a few seconds after it is ignited.
Step 7: You are ready to add loose incense. I am using Daydream, available on my website. Only add a little bit at at time, maybe 1/2 Teaspoon. If you add too much, it'll smother the disc and you won't get a good incense burn. Remember, fire needs oxygen to burn.
Step 8: You did it! At this point, you can keep adding little bits of incense to the disc as needed. The disc will stay hot for about 40 minutes. This doesn't mean you have to add incense for that long. If you want to be done, simply quit adding incense. Please note, the vessel you use is going to be too hot to touch. Never leave burning incense unattended. I like to crack a window or two when I burn incense or any kind.
I hope you found this post helpful and it put your worries at ease. If you ever have any additional questions, please never hesitate to ask. I am more than happy to help.
All photos By Holly Giauque