As some of you know I have been off from school to move down here, but last week was my first week back, so this is why this is late. It took me a few days to get back into the swing of my college courses.
Anyway, this is a list of the more common incenses I burn and when I use them. You may disagree, or do things differently, but in my opinion this works for me and I am sharing it. This is what this blog is about. ;)
When I say common, I mean common. You can walk into any metaphysical or hippie shop (or as we called it back home, “head shop”) and pick up these incenses with ease. These are the tried and true incenses that have been burned for probably thousands of years. Also, with the invention of the internet, credit cards, and paypal, these are even more easy to get.
On to the list!
Patchouli: This incense I burn A LOT around my house and not because I enjoy the smell more than most other incenses. Patchouli brings luck, money, and love into your space when lit. Who doesn’t need that?
Sandalwood: Good for meditation or when I am doing rituals and/or magical workings away from my altar. It’s a general all-around spiritual incense. It can be used for cleansing also, but I find other herbs work better for that. It’s also good to burn when doing healing work!
Sage: I will admit that sage can take some getting used to smell wise, but I will never recommend another herb for cleansing and protection. It’s also good for the new moon and Samhain. In other words, it’s good for shadow work.
Dragons Blood: I call this my “business end” of my incense collection. When I need to lend potency to a spell (if I need it to work over a long period of time) I will burn Dragons Blood. It’s also good to burn when you need inner strength or to add a masculine touch to your work.
Frankincense: Anything you burn Sandalwood for, you can substitute Frankincense for, it’s just that Sandalwood is more earthy. The added benefit of Frankincense is that when it is combined with Myyrh it makes a pretty righteous altar incense that works for anytime, and any ritual because it both cleanses, protects, and promotes a spiritual connection.
Cinnamon: One of my favorite incenses next to Sage. When I said Dragons Blood is the masculine aspect of a ritual, cinnamon would be the female aspect of a ritual. Cinnamon is also a good love, cleansing, psychic connection, and healing incense. Did I mention it’s also awesome for divination? Definitely a cheap and all-around good incense to have a few sticks or cones of.
Vanilla: I don’t use this that much, but I have a friend that constantly burns it because she believes it to be an aphrodisiac promoting both love and lust.
Lavender: Lavender is a good one to have around because it promotes self-love, peace, restful sleep, happiness, and it’s also a very protective herb. Another good one for meditation.