Herbal Incense

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9 Herbs You Can Burn as Incense
  • Cedar (Thuja spp.)
  • Sage (Salvia spp.)
  • Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia spp.)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Rose (Rosa spp.)
  • Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • Juniper (Juniperus monosperma)

How do you make herbal incense?

  1. Gather fresh herbs, keeping stems together. Feel free to combine different herbs or keep them separated.
  2. Take your bundle of herbs and tie the stems together.
  3. Air dry for 2 weeks, or dry in a low-temperature oven for 8 hours.
  4. When ready to use, light the leafy end of the herb incense.

How to use:

When the herbal incense is ready, hold the handle end and light the other end until you get a flame going. Blow out the fire and let the herbs smolder. Place the dried herbs in a small heat-proof bowl or dish and enjoy bringing the scents of the outdoors inside.

What can incense be used for?

Incense is used for aesthetic reasons, religious worship, aromatherapy, meditation, and ceremony. It may also be used as a simple deodorant or insect repellent. Incense is composed of aromatic plant materials, often combined with essential oils.

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