How to Burn Incense Sticks


Incense sticks are the perfect companion for creating a calming atmosphere in the home. However, it is important to always enjoy stick incense safely. That is why our team of experts has compiled this step-by-step guide on how to burn incense sticks. Read on for the ultimate guide on safe relaxation!

burning incense stick
"I take a baths all the time. I'll put on some music and burn some incense and just sit in the tub and think, Wow, life is great right now."
~ Brian Austin Green
Incense sticks are the most popular variety of incense today. Of these, the most common is characterised by aromatic powders set around a wooden core, usually made from bamboo. The aromatic powders are typically made from essential oils derived from various plants, resins, and herbs. However, some incense sticks have added toxins. The over use of Incense sticks (joss sticks) could possibly become toxic. So use in limits to maintain their wonderful healing benefits.
Incense sticks produce a distinctive, spicy scent and make a great tool to burn in the home, with minimal effort or clean-up required.
Another popular incense stick is the coreless type, which is made from a combination of herb, spice, or resin powders, along with combustible wood powders. This type doesn't have the bamboo core, which gives it a purer scent.
It is important to note that with both types of sticks, the aromatics of the incense are mixed with wood or combustible wood powders. These can be toxic when burned, so we always recommend having a window open to promote quality airflow.


How to Burn Incense Sticks

Burning Incense sticks have beautiful healing and home cleansing powers. However, if overused, can be too powerful and relatively toxic. We recommend burning your incense sticks once a week.
Ensure the room is well ventilated and your incense stick is NOT burnt too close to you or anyone else present.

Safety First!

  • Always place the incense holder on a fire-resistant surface.
  • Never leave burning incense unattended.
  • Always use an appropriate incense stick holder.
  • Never burn incense in the vicinity of children or pets.

When Burning Incense Sticks, You Will Need:



Our Step-By-Step Guide

Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  1. Setup

    Place the stick on a heatproof holder with the tip pointing upwards.

  2. Light up

    Carefully light the tip of the stick and allow the flame to burn for 5-10 seconds.

  3. Blow out

    Gently blow out the flame. This will leave the incense burning with a small ember.

  4. Enjoy

    Enjoy the fragrances and cleansing smoke produced by the incense. Sticks usually burn for 50-90 minutes.

  5. Dispose

    Safely dispose of the ash and stick remains once it has cooled.

Don't forget to check out our other incense how-to guides: how to burn loose incense, and how to burn incense cones.


The Bottom Line

Incense sticks have a wonderful variety of fragrances. And each of these types of incense offers a whole host of different healing and spiritual benefits. And now that we have produced this guide on how to burn your incense stick, you can feel confident that your incense experience will be a peaceful one.

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