Granular incense is a beautiful way to purify a sacred space, make and offering, change the energy around you, and shift the feel of your home. It has been used through the ages and is increasing in popularity as this century trundles along. With its energetic properties being so cleansing its a great way to keep the energy around you feeling positive.
Granular incense differs from ” joss sticks” in its appearance and in the way you burn it. The amount of scented “smoke” that it creates is more than with joss too – meaning the mood it creates is often different too. It is sprinkled onto a disc of charcoal, placed in a heatproof bowl, and this can create a room full of scented mist very quickly so its worth using a tiny bit at a time until you are more used to using this method. Another method is to use it in a little unscented base oil in an essential oil burner. This is a much more gentle way to use it and one I’d recommend if scenting the home is your intention.
It is usually made of a resin base, ground down , and then flowers, barks, essential oils and any number of herbs and spices are added. Look up properties of different resins and plants before you begin, and make sure that they safe for animals* and humans. It depends on your aim for the incense, and what properties you’d like it to posess, and energy you’d like it to create. and then enjoy experimenting! Use your common sense and realise that you probably know far more than you think you do – frankinsense for purification, rose for love and cinnamon to warm you on a cold winters day. The possibilities are endless. Mix a little at a time and see where it takes you.
- I feel its important not to use granular incense on charcoal in rooms with animals.