Copal // Cleansing, harmony and balance. It helps you enter into deep meditative state and channel energies. It promotes relaxation and eases stress.
Palo Santo // A holy, sacred wood. It fills the void created by cleansing elements such as Copal and White Sage with positive energy and good spirits.
Hibiscus // A deeply healing and soothing flower, it is used frequently in Ayurvedic medicine. It represents love and passion, great for manifesting love intentions. It helps to enhance psychic abilities for Divination and lucid dreaming.
Cat’s Claw // A vine from the Amazon rainforest, this witchy plant is said to restore equilibrium to the body and mind. Shamans use it to unblock spiritual channels and allow us to release from past worries.
White Sage // This plant has been used for centuries by the Native Americans as incense used during purification ceremonies and prayers. It is a strong cleanser of energy and can clear a space of stagnant or negative energy. A sage smoke ritual before bedtime stimulates visions and dreams. I use only sustainable White Sage in my incense blend.
How to burn incense on a charcoal disc:
- Fill a heat proof incense bowl or censer with something like sand or split. This will provide some much-needed insulation for your burner. Charcoal can burn at a high temp.
- Form a cone shape with whatever medium you filled your burner and place the charcoal tablet at the peak. This will allow air to flow around the charcoal.
- Place a charcoal tablet on the sand and light the edge. If it’s self-igniting charcoal you will see tiny sparks as you light it and it will ignite quickly so never hold it in your hand! If you need to hold the charcoal over an open flame to ignite it, use tweezers or tongs to hold it.
- Place your charcoal in your burner with the hollow facing up. Use the “bowl” to hold your incense ingredients.
Wait until the charcoal is glowing red hot and is covered with greyish-white ash.
- When ready sprinkle a pinch or two of incense (e.g. resin, dried herbs, etc.) directly on top of the hot charcoal. The incense will begin to smoulder. Be careful not to place too much incense on the charcoal or you may smother it and you’ll have to start over.
- When the smoke begins to thin out, add more incense. The charcoal will stay hot enough to burn incense for about 45 minutes to an hour.