Create Authentic Ritual Incense

Posted on Thursday 24 April 2008

Charcoal blocks are a traditional way of making your own ritual incense. The resins of Frankincense, Myrrh and Benzoin can be sprinkled onto the burning charcoal block to release their aromatic vapours.

People often ask how to use the charcoal blocks, and once you get the hang of it they create a fabulous effect. 

  1. Ensure you have a stable, heat resistant surface to place your block on. Incense diffusers are perfect, as they minimise the risk of stray sparks.
  2. Light the block by holding it up on its side (we recommend that you use tongs to hold the block, not fingertips) and lighting one edge. You will see the flame begin to cross over the block. However, it is not a large flame, and often it can be difficult to see, but the appearance of the block will change as it ignites, and the outer coating is burnt.
  3. Once the majority of the outer coating is burning, place the block into your incense diffuser.
  4. Sprinkle Frankincense, Myrrh and Benzoin Granules over the top of the block, and very shortly you will see and smell your smoldering incense.
  5. Leave burning as long as desired, generally one block will last around 30-40 minutes.
  6. To extinguish, use water.
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