When you burn dried herbs or resins, you’ll need a heat tolerant vessel. Traditionally this is an abalone shell with a bit of sand in the bottom. You might also use a charcoal disc beneath the herbs to keep them smoking, especially in the case of resins. Here are some plants commonly used as incense and their magickal uses:

  • Allspice: Attracting money, good luck, and providing extra physical energy.
  • Arabic(gum): Attracting money, good luck, and providing extra physical energy.
  • Bay: Purification, healing, protection, and enhancing psychic powers.
  • Benzoin: Purification, prosperity, and increasing mental powers.
  • Cedar: Purification, protection, speed healing, promoting spirituality, and obtaining money.
  • Clove: Protection, exorcism, money, love, and purification.
  • Copal: Protection, cleansing, purification, spirituality, and purifying quartz crystals and other stones before use in magic ritual.
  • Dragon’s Blood: Love, protection, sexual prowess, and exorcism.
  • Fern: House purification, or, when burned outdoors, bringing rain.
  • Frankincense: Protection, spirituality, love, exorcism, and consecration.
  • Juniper: Exorcism, protection, healing, and love.
  • Lavender: Peace, restful sleep and happiness. Relief of insomnia, depression, grief, sorrow and anxiety.
  • Mugwort: Used to cleanse space of negative energies. When burned before bedtime, known to stimulate dreams.
  • Myrrh: Healing, protection, peace, consecration, exorcism, and meditation.
  • Pine: Money, healing, exorcism, and purification.
  • Rose: Who knew people burn dried rose petals for incense? Attracts love, enhances a romantic environment. Also used for meditation and encouraging peace.
  • Rosemary: Protection, purification, healing, exorcism, and to induce sleep; to restore or maintain youth, bring love, and increase mental and intellectual powers.
  • Sage: Spirituality and to promote healing.
  • Sandalwood: Spirituality, healing, protection, and exorcism.
  • Sweetgrass: Attracts positive energy into the space. Is good for cleansing sacred space.
  • Thyme: Purification, promoting health, and healing.

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