How to Burn Frankincense Resin

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How to Burn Frankincense Resin
Frankincense resin is burnt during worship ceremonies. (kopal image by Edith Ochs from

People have burnt frankincense resin for thousands of years to create a sense of the sacred during worship ceremonies. The website Scents of Earth describes its aromatic properties and its historical uses. Ancients burnt frankincense for its earthy yet lemony fragrance. Believed to promote spiritual practices, frankincense plays a role in the Christian Nativity when the Magi offer frankincense as a gift to the Christ child. Frankincense is packaged as small pieces of resin easily burnt.

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Things you need

  • Charcoal resin burner
  • Charcoal tablets
  • Sand
  • Matches

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  1. 1

    Place a fireproof incense burner on a fireproof surface. Use a burner made for burning incense resins. Find resin incense burners at New Age stores and many bookstores.

  2. 2

    Select a small piece or a few small pieces of frankincense resin. Use a small amount initially to get an idea of how much fragrance you want to release and how long you want the resin to burn.

  3. 3

    Place a metal or stone incense burner on a fireproof surface, such as on a hob, in a metal pan or on a slab of rock. Use an incense burner with legs for utmost safety. Remove the top of the incense burner. Pack a small amount of sand in the bowl of the burner.

  4. 4

    Select an incense charcoal tablet that is made for burning incense. Light an edge of the swift-lighting charcoal to start it burning. Place the charcoal on the sand in the burner.

  5. 5

    Wait for the charcoal to burn evenly across the entire tablet. Place the frankincense resin on the smouldering charcoal. Give the incense time to catch. Replace the incense burner lid.

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