Frankincense is a resin that comes from the Boswellia tree, and has been used for centuries in various cultures and religious ceremonies. Burning frankincense is one of the most common ways to use this aromatic resin. The process of burning frankincense can be a calming and meditative experience that can help with stress relief and anxiety.
In this article, we will explore how to burn frankincense and the tools and materials needed for the process.
A heatproof container (such as a censer or incense burner)
Matches or a lighter
Step 1: Prepare the charcoal tablet The first step in burning frankincense is to prepare the charcoal tablet. The charcoal tablet will act as the heat source to burn the frankincense resin. To prepare the charcoal tablet, hold it with tongs or place it on a heatproof surface and light it using a match or lighter. Wait for the charcoal to ignite fully and become red hot.
Step 2: Place the frankincense resin on the charcoal tablet Once the charcoal tablet is fully ignited, use tongs or a spoon to place a small amount of frankincense resin on top of the charcoal. You only need a small amount of frankincense resin, as a little goes a long way. As the frankincense resin heats up, it will release its aromatic smoke.
Step 3: Enjoy the aroma As the frankincense resin burns, sit back and enjoy the aroma. The smoke from the frankincense resin will fill the air with a pleasant, woody scent that can help promote relaxation and calmness. If you are using a censer or incense burner, make sure to place it on a heatproof surface to prevent any accidents.
Step 4: Extinguish the charcoal tablet Once you are finished burning the frankincense resin, extinguish the charcoal tablet by placing it in a container of water or sand. Do not touch the charcoal tablet until it has fully cooled down.
Burning frankincense is a simple and enjoyable process that can provide a range of benefits. By following the steps outlined here, you can safely and effectively burn frankincense resin to enjoy its aromatic properties.
Note: The photo shows our batch of Luban Al Aswad (Omani Black Sacra Frankincense)