Not today, negativity!
Need to defend your precious energy? Or cleanse an area of a negative presence? Fear not, because these incense fragrances have your back. Read on for our expert analysis of the best incense for protection.
Our Pick: Dragon’s Blood
Dragon’s blood has a lot to offer. It is a stunning, deep red resin! And while this may conjure images of mythical beasts, it is far from monstrous.
Dragon’s blood also has a warm, sweet scent that is simply divine. You can probably tell by now that this is one of our favorite types of incense, so we may be a little biased.
However, the benefits of dragon’s blood speak volumes. The smoke of burning red resin has been used for many years to draw the protection of the spiritual realms.
If that isn’t protection, I don’t know what is!
Incense for Protection
One of the earliest uses for incense was for protection. This meant protection from evil spirits, negative energy, harm, and even the wrath of the gods. Additionally, our ancestors used incense to consecrate sacred spaces. This created a safe space that was open to positive energies and spirits. So, we can see that using incense for protection is not new. This differs from other uses, such as burning incense for studying.
Throughout ancient history, societies have used incense as a tool during spiritual rituals. For example, Native Americans burned white sage bundles known as ‘smudge sticks’ as part of their ceremonies. These smudge sticks fended off negative energy. But more on that below.
Types of Incense to Burn for Protection
Resin is one of our favorites. This is because it is incense in one of its most traditional forms. To burn resin incense, you can buy a special incense burner, or burn the resin on a charcoal disc.
Resin incense provides a grounding incense experience. This makes it a great tool for deep meditation.
Incense sticks are the most common type of incense available today. They are made from a combination of fragrant powders, wood powders, and a thin wooden stick as a base. The wood powder allows them to burn consistently.
You will need a special holder and they typically burn for between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Incense sticks come in a wide variety of fragrances. But they sometimes involve a combination of these different aromas.
Cone Incense is similar to incense sticks, except they do not have a wooden stick core. Instead, the fragrant and wood powders are hand-rolled into a cone shape. They tend to burn a little quicker than incense sticks – usually between 20 and 50 minutes.
However, because of this, they also create more smoke and scent than sticks. Which makes them perfect for use when you want to use the incense smoke to rid a space of negative energy.
Incense also sometimes comes in the form of a bundle of dried herbs. A common example is the smudge stick. A smudge stick is usually a collection of dried white sage. Native Americans burned this to remove negative energies from a space.
Many people still use this method today. When we bought our house, we burned a smudge stick, making sure we got the smoke into the corner of every single room. You never know what kind of presence there may be in a new home!
How to Burn Incense For Protection
There are many different ways to burn incense to create a secure and protective environment. This is just our recommendation. Because we love resin incense.
- Set up your space
ALWAYS make sure your space is free of flammable objects! Whatever it is you want to protect – it could be yourself, a room, or an entire building – you must ensure the space is free from flammable objects. Also, make sure you have made the space as tidy and welcoming as possible.
- Prepare the coals
Using tongs, pick up a charcoal disc and light it. Once lit gently place in a portable heatproof holder. Wait for the disc to turn white. Then, it will be ready.
- Burn the resin
Place a small amount of the resin on top of the charcoal disc and wait for the smoke to rise.
- Fill the space with protective smoke
If safe to do so, take the heatproof holder with the charcoal around the space you want to protect. Use your hand to fan the smoke in all directions.all directions.
Once the resin has burned away and the charcoal has cooled, safely dispose of the ash from the holder.
4 More of the Best Incense for Protection
Frankincense is another ancient resin that was used for protection by many cultures. It first came to prominence when it made an appearance in the bible, along with Myrrh and gold, as a gift to baby Jesus. This says it all about the value of Frankincense and Myrrh!
Frankincense has an earthy, grounding aroma and the smoke is often used to create a sacred space. This space will have the protection of good spirits and the gods.
Myrrh has been around for around 5 thousand years. It was first used by the people of the Middle East and North Africa. And it has some powerful protective abilities.
Like Frankincense, Myrrh has a lot of health benefits. These include improving skin, gut, and oral health. These properties protect against illness and disease. This would have been even more crucial in the times before modern medicine.
However, Myrrh also provides spiritual protection. The smoke from burning myrrh resin provides defense against dark energies and spirits. Yet, it is also a good tool to create a safe atmosphere during a moment of prayer or meditation.
Sandalwood is a sacred wood that comes from a specific type of shrub. This breed is especially difficult to cultivate because it requires a lot of care.
Sandalwood incense smoke creates a calming and positive environment and dispels negativity. It does this while drawing in peaceful energy.
It also acts as a messenger between our physical world and the spiritual realms.
Egyptian musk is a lesser-known type of incense. It usually comes in the form of sticks or cones and has a fragrant, musky aroma. In the times of the ancient Egyptians, the musk was taken from the scent glands of the Musk Deer.
Thankfully, modern Egyptian Musk is usually a combination of other aromatic oils. These include Cedarwood, Patchouli, and Ambrette Seeds (a plant-based musk substitute).
Egyptian musk provides a protective shroud around the person burning it. This is what made it popular with the ancients – it was related to the underworld. It was a tool for guiding the deceased toward the afterlife.
The Bottom Line
Protection comes in many forms. And incense offers it all. Whether it’s protection from disease or protection from dark energy. So if you are feeling a little uneasy, or you want the make sure your home is as comfortable as possible, reach for one of these magical protection incense.
People Also Ask
Protection incense is most commonly used to ward off negativity or evil spirits. However, it also forms a barrier from negativity around a person or space.
It is often burned in temples or homes to create a sacred space and to offer protection from harm. The smoke from protection incense is believed to purify the air and drive away negative energy.
To banish negativity, try burning white sage or palo santo incense. These two herbs are known for their ability to cleanse and purify energy, and they can be very effective at getting rid of negative vibes.
Any kind of cleansing incense will do the trick. Some of our favorites for cleansing include herbs like lavender, cedarwood, and juniper.