The Ritual of Burning – Resin Incense

The Ritual of Burning How to Use Resin Incense Properly

Resin incense emits a fragrant, woody smoke that is often used to purify and bless spaces. Popular varieties include frankincense, myrrh, and copal.

Most people use resin incense by burning it on special charcoal designed for this purpose, which produces a lot of smoke. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of smoke while enjoying this slow-burning incense.


Resin incense is a staple in many spiritual rituals. It can be used for purification, alignment, self-anointing and more. It is also an effective tool for discharging negative energy and bringing in new beginnings. Some of the most popular resin incense products include frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood and copal resin. These resin incense products can be used alone or mixed with other herbal ingredients such as Palo Santo.

To use resin incense properly, first you will need a burner. You can find these incense burners at most stores that sell candles and candle holders. The most common way to use these burners is to bury the coal beneath a layer of ash and then put your incense on top. This will allow the resin to burn slowly and emit less smoke.

You can also try using an oil warmer for resin incense. Simply place the resin on a small dish that is heat-safe inside of an oil warmer and then light a tealight underneath. This will create a pleasant fragrance without the smoke.

Burning Resin

Resin incense requires more care and attention than stick, spiral or cone incense. Since resins do not burn on their own, it is necessary to use a burner and charcoal. Usually, this involves using a special brass urn known as a censer or a small bowl that can withhold the heat of the burning charcoal.

In addition to a burner, you will also need a set of metal chopsticks or similar utensils that can be used to poke holes in the charcoal discs for maximum heat distribution. Then, you can wrap the incense resin in aluminum foil and place it on top of the coals.

The resulting smoke can be enjoyed while meditating or relaxing and it can purify the air and offer protection from negative energies. Another alternative to this method is to place the resin in an oil warmer along with a tea light. Oil warmers are typically labeled for wax cubes or wax melts, but they can be used for resin as well. This is a safer, more convenient and less messy method.


Resins are harvested from the bark roots or wood of specific trees and shrubs. They are usually blended together with frankincense, myrrh, benzoin and palo santo to create resin incense blends. They are used to purify and align ceremonial or ritual spaces and to set the tone for meditation.

Resin incense has always had a slightly more mystical feel to it than stick incense. This is mainly due to the fact that they come straight from specific trees rather than manufactured. Using resin incense is also more of a ritual because it requires multiple steps and takes longer to burn than other types of incense.

When burning resin incense it is important to take safety measures into consideration. It is recommended to use a heat proof burner, such as a brazier or cauldron and make sure that it is on a heat-resistant surface. It is also a good idea to wear fireproof gloves when touching the charcoal disk once it has been lit. Lastly, it is crucial to keep the burner and any resins away from anything that can be easily burned, such as papers, fabrics or other incense.


Resin incense has been used for centuries across cultures. The natural aromas can transform a room and provide positive vibes, protection from negative energy, and even help with productivity. Frankincense, myrrh and dragon blood resins are popular choices for spiritual use while benzoin is great for healing.

Resins are less processed than stick, cone or coil incense and they are harvested directly from specific trees. For this reason they tend to have a more mystical feel to them. They also produce a lot of smoke when burned, so it is important to have a heat safe vessel and to take the proper precautions.

A thurible or small metal pot is a great way to hold your resin incense and is especially useful if you have respiratory issues or are concerned about toxins in the air. Another great option is a ceramic oil warmer designed for candles. This method will allow you to burn your resin incense with little or no smoke, while allowing you to change out the scent regularly.