Resin Incense is incense in its most raw natural state. It is the oldest form of incense and was used in temples, churches and ancient rites.
I use this type of incense for rituals and special events. It takes a little more preparation and time than lighting an incense stick, but it is well worth the effort.
- Use the correct container to burn your charcoal. I recommend a metal container with a grate.
- I like to put sand in the bottom for easy clean up.
- Turn the grate over so it is concave.
- Light the charcoal. I start the charcoal outside because it’s “self-lighting” which means lots of sparks and sometimes smoke. I use tongs to help me adjust the charcoal on the grate. Once the sparking stops, I bring it inside.
- Turn the charcoal with the little bowl facing up.
- Let the charcoal go gray.
- Add a little resin (3 – 6 bits or about an 1/8th. of a teaspoon.) Let this melt in and the smoke to dissipate before adding more.
- That is it. Sit back and enjoy the first incense created. Charcoal and leaves, herbs, sap, etc.