Best Incense For Protection: Because Incense Is The Best Defense


Not today, negativity!
Need to defend your precious energy, or cleanse an area of a negative presence? Read on for our expert analysis of what we believe to be 'the best incense scents for protection'.
  1. Our Pick: Dragon's Blood
  2. Incense for Protection
  3. Types of Incense to Burn for Protection
    1. Natural Incense
    2. Incense Sticks
    3. Incense Cones
  4. How to Burn Incense For Protection
  5. 4 More of the Best Incense for Protection
    1. Frankincense
    2. Myrrh
    3. Sandalwood
    4. Egyptian Musk
  6. The Bottom Line
  7. People Also Ask

Our Pick: Dragon's Blood

Dragon's Blood has a lot to offer!
It is a stunning, deep red resin, known to have 'magical', healing abilities. And while this (and its name) may conjure images of mythical beasts and sorcery, it is far from a monstrous thing.
Dragon's Blood has a warming, sweet, and somewhat earthly essence, with many agreeing it to be the most striking scent of the aromatic resins.
Many ancient and spiritual people used Dragon's Blood, in resin or ash, as a symbol of sacrifice, honour, protection, and devotion. Nowadays, Dragon's Blood is continuously used amongst religious and spiritual beings as a shielding scent from negativity and misfortune.
Dragon's Blood also has powerful healing properties when it comes to health. It has been proven to protect against inflammation, bacteria, diarrhoea, and even (however more research is needed) cancer.
If that isn't protection, I don't know what is!

Incense for Protection

"Protect your Energy...Protect your soul" ~Eve
One of the earliest uses for incense was in fact for protection, including protection from evil spirits, negative people and energies, harm, death, poverty, and even the wrath of the Gods.
Many Ancient Egyptians burnt incense during mummification rituals, as it was seen to protect the soul from harm when passing through to the afterlife. Additionally, many ancient religious people used incense to consecrate sacred spaces, such as temples, churches, and hospitals.
The Native Americans burned white sage bundles known as 'smudge sticks' as part of their ceremonies. These smudge sticks fended off negative energy, however, more on that later.
Nowadays, incense is still used in religious and spiritual settings to enhance the protective energy within the atmosphere. Many people burn incense when meditating as it allows them to feel safe, confident, and relaxed when connecting with higher realms.

Types of Incense to Burn for Protection

Natural Incense

Growing up in a spiritually-inclined house, where my mother burnt bundles of herbs to keep negativity away (however, most importantly the insects), I grew up smelling the fresh, beautiful scent of burning aromatic plant life, experiencing what incense originally was in ancient times. However, nowadays incense has extra additives, and smells somewhat too strong and pungent.

Natural incense is a combination of the most natural incense materials, including resins, botanicals, and essential oils. To read more on natural incense, CLICK HERE.

Incense Sticks

Incense sticks are the most popular type of incense available today. They are made from a combination of fragrant powders, wood powders, and a thin wooden stick as a base.
Though Incense sticks have some spiritual benefits, they can also be a lot harsher compared to resins, essential oil, and botanicals.
It is important to ensure they are burnt in an open and well-ventilated space. We recommend burning your incense sticks at most: one time a week.

Incense Cones

Incense cones are 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, tending to burn a little quicker than incense sticks - usually between 20 and 50 minutes.
Though cones are fantastic energy cleansers, they shouldn't be burnt on the regular. This is because the smoke can be quite powerful and too much can be damaging to the body. We recommend burning once a week or less.

How to Burn Incense For Protection

There are many different ways to burn incense to create a secure, safe environment, however, this is our recommendation. 

Firstly, you will need...

~ 1 oil warmer with a tea light candle in the base.

~ A long match or lighter.

~ Resin, botanicals or/and essential oil.

~ A jug of water.

~ A small sheet of tinfoil (that will fit perfectly in the top bowl-like surface of your warmer).

    1. Set up your space

      Make sure to make your 'protection incense burning space' as comfortable as it can be. This will keep the overall protective energy in this session flowing, whilst keeping you feeling cosy and safe. Make sure there is nothing flammable on or around your incense, and keep an appropriate distance from the incense smoke.

    2. Prepare the incense in an oil warmer

      Place your resin, essential oil, or/and botanicals into an oil warmer, filling the rest with water (or till it fills 3/4s of the bowl). You can also place a tight-fitted sheet of tinfoil over your oil warmer before adding your incense, this can help to prevent your warmer from any damage.

    3. Burn your incense

      Light the tea light candle at the bottom of your oil warmer and watch as the scented smoke rises.

    4. Meditate

      Perhaps meditating may suit you, or maybe 'positive protection affirmation' may work. Whatever you do, take time to breathe in the healing scent of your protection-enhancing incense.

    5. Dispose

      Once the incense has burned for 10-20 minutes and the oil warmer has cooled, safely dispose of the remaining material. For more visit

4 More of the Best Incense for Protection


Frankincense is another ancient and beloved resin, burnt within many cultures, religions, and spiritual tribes as a way of shielding energy, protecting the body, and deterring negativity. Some people believe Frankincense to be the ultimate spiritual scent and one of the most versatile aromatic resins.
It first came to prominence when it made an appearance in the bible, along with Myrrh and Gold, as a gift to the baby Jesus. Thus proving Frankincense to be a symbol of prosperity, protection, and respect.
Frankincense has an earthly, somewhat grounding aroma, with the smoke often being used to create a sacred space, a space that'll have the protection of good spirits and the Gods.


Myrrh has been around for over 5000 years, prized as a sacred healing material by Ancient civilizations. It was first used by the people of the Middle East and North Africa, where they discovered the potent protective powers that Myrrh resin posses.
Like Frankincense, Myrrh has a lot of health benefits, including healing skin abnormalities, wounds, gut disease, and oral decay. Myrrh's cleansing properties, which protect against illness and disease, would have been even more crucial in the times before modern medicine.
Myrrh incense balances the Sacral Chakra, thus providing strong spiritual protection. The smoke from burning Myrrh resin provides defence against dark energies and spirits, perfect for creating a safe space, especially during moments of prayer or meditation.


Sandalwood is a sacred aromatic wood that comes from a specific and curious type of tropical shrub. This breed is especially difficult to cultivate because it requires a lot of care, thus making Sandalwood incense extremely rare and sort after.
Sandalwood incense smoke creates a calming and positive fragrance, dispelling negativity, and protecting the heart when in times of uncertainty, worry, and sadness.
Sandalwood is also popular amongst spiritual communities, mainly for its Chakra strengthening powers and ability to act as a messenger between our physical world and other spiritual realms.

Egyptian Musk

Egyptian musk is a lesser-known type of incense. It usually comes in the form of sticks and 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, however, 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, thus making it popular within spiritual communities. For the ancient Egyptians, Egyptian Musk was related to the underworld, acting as a guide for the deceased, setting them sail towards the afterlife.

The Bottom Line

Protection comes in many forms, however, incense may be the strongest form of all, protecting you from disease, dark energy, negativity, and heartbreak. 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

What is protection incense?

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.

What protection incense is best for banishing negativity?

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.

What incense is best for cleansing and protection?

Any kind of cleansing incense will do the trick. Some of our favourites for cleansing include herbs like lavender, cedarwood, and juniper.

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