How to Burn Frankincense Resin: A Step-by-Step Guide

Frankincense resin has been used for thousands of years for its spiritual and medicinal benefits.

The resin, which is derived from the Boswellia tree, releases fragrant smoke when burned, which is said to purify the air and promote relaxation.

If you're interested in incorporating frankincense resin into your spiritual practice or wellness routine, here's how to burn it.


Frankincense resin has been used in various cultures and religious rituals for thousands of years.

From the ancient Egyptians to the early Christian Church, burning frankincense resin was a way to purify the air, promote spiritual awareness and connect with the divine.

In recent years, the benefits of burning frankincense resin have become more widely known, with many people using it for its calming and healing properties.

Whether you're looking to add a touch of spirituality to your home or enjoy the calming scent, burning frankincense resin can be a simple and effective way to achieve these goals.

Selecting the Right Type of Resin

Not all frankincense resin is created equal, so selecting the right type for your needs is essential. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your resin:

  • Quality: Look for pure frankincense resin free from additives and chemicals. This will ensure you get the best fragrance and benefits from your resin.

  • Scent: Some types of frankincense resin have a stronger, more pungent scent than others. If you're sensitive to strong fragrances, look for a milder variety.

  • Purpose: Different types of frankincense resin are used for different purposes. If you want to use the resin for its spiritual benefits, look for a type commonly used in religious rituals. If you're using it for its calming properties, look for a variety known for its relaxing scent.

Tools You'll Need

  • Heat source: A heat source is necessary to burn the resin. To burn frankincense resin, you'll need a few essential tools. You can use a charcoal disk, a small, round disk made of compressed charcoal explicitly designed for burning incense and resin. Alternatively, you can use a small Bakhoor Burner or a candle.
  • Resin: As mentioned above, select a high-quality, pure frankincense resin for the best results.

  • Bowl: You'll need a small, heat-resistant bowl to hold the resin as it burns. You can use a metal or ceramic bowl, but avoid using glass as it can crack from the heat.

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Step-by-Step Guide

Once you have all of your tools, here's how to burn frankincense resin:
  1. Prepare your heat source: If you're using a charcoal disk, light it and place it in the center of your bowl. If you're using a candle or Dragon Incense Burner, make sure it's in a stable and heat-resistant container.

  2. Place the resin in the bowl: Take a small piece of resin and place it on top of the charcoal disk or in the center of the bowl if you're using a candle or backflow incense burner.

  3. Light the resin: Use a lighter or match to light the resin. It will take a moment for the resin to catch fire, but once it does, it will release fragrant smoke.
  4. Enjoy the scent: Enjoy the calming and soothing scent as the resin burns. You can sit quietly, meditate or relax and let the scent fill your space.
  5. Extinguish the resin: When you're ready to stop burning it, blow it out or snuff it out with a small tool like a spoon or tong. Be careful not to touch the resin or bowl with your hands as it will be hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few common questions and answers about burning frankincense resin:

Q: How often should I burn frankincense resin?

A: There is no set frequency for burning frankincense resin.

Some people burn it daily as part of their spiritual or wellness routine, while others only burn it occasionally for special occasions.

It ultimately depends on your personal preference and needs.

Q: How long does the scent last?

A: The scent from burned frankincense resin can last for several hours, depending on the size of the piece of resin and the type of heat source used.

Q: Can I reuse the resin after I've burned it?

A: No, it cannot be reused once the resin has been burned. You'll need to acquire new resin each time you want to burn it.

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Burning frankincense resin can be a simple and effective way to bring a touch of spirituality and relaxation into your home.

So why not try it and see how it can enhance your spiritual and wellness routine?
By following these steps and using high-quality, pure resin, you can enjoy the many benefits of this ancient practice.

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