The word incense comes from the Latin word “incendere” meaning to set on fire. The use of incense has been a part of spiritual practice dating back 8,000 years, according to archaeological evidence, with use in practically all of Earth’s civilizations.
The mixture and formulation of incense is considered an art, the ancient art of blending together fragrant gifts of nature: resins, herbs, flowers, leaves, barks, spices, and oil. Today, incense is sold commercially in the form of stick incense, cone incense, coil incense, and loose incense and fragrant oils, designed for burning on a small, smoldering charcoal disc.
Incense is used for the following purposes:
– Purify the air
– Cleanse the mind
– Awaken and energize
– Release negative vibrations and stuck energy
– Invoke self-awareness
– An offering to various deities
– An aid in prayer
– Invoke pleasant dreams
– Uplift the emotional state
– Calm emotions
– Awaken psychic vibrations
– Honor God by reminding us that He among us
The burning of incense welcomes the presence of a God. Since you cannot “see” God, a repeated, familiar scent will remind you of His presence! Using incense engages the whole person. Not only the mind and heart, while connected to God, but also the nose, hands, eyes, and even the taste buds can sense incense.
Select an incense to use from the following list of attributes:
Love: Rose, Musk, Lavender, Jasmine, Vanilla, Thyme, Cinnamon
Money: Clove, Sage, Pine, Ginger, Basil, Mint
Protection: Sage, Frankincense, Dragon’s blood
Psychic Awareness: Frankincense and Myrrh, Anise
Dreams: Jasmine, Camphor, Rosemary
Peace: Lilac, Magnolia, Lavender
Purification: Sandalwood, Sage, Thyme, Musk, Pine, Cedar
Restless Sleep: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Lavender
Stress: Patchouli, Lavender, Camphor, Copal
Grounding yourself: Nag Champa, Sandalwood
Celebrations: Frankincense and Myrrh
Simply light the incense, blow it out, and allow yourself to be transported into another mental state. Once the incense is lit, and the smoke begins to rise, send your prayers, thoughts, and invocations up to the heavenly Spirits and God, as you visually see the smoke rise.
“May prayer be set before you like incense.” – Psalms, 141