How to use Incense Sticks – A Step by Step Process

Incense has a long history ranging way back to the early civilization. There's nothing as calming and soothing as the relaxing aroma of burning incense. Many people use incense for meditation, yoga, or to simply wind down their tiredness after a busy day.

Today, Incense is available in a lot of different shapes such as incense sticks, powder, and cones. Depending on the shape you buy, burning an incense stick is a relatively easy and effortless process.

For this, we have crafted this instructional step-by-step post on how you can burn an incense stick. The steps are very similar even if you use a cone.

How to burn Incense Sticks

 How to burn incense sticks

The burning of incense not only relax and unwind your mind but also reduces stress and anxiety level. Here's a step-by-step process on how you can properly burn incense sticks.


Step 1: Find a Suitable Incense Holder

The first thing is to pick up space where you will use your incense sticks. There are a lot of incense holders designed to accommodate in this regard - both for incense cones and sticks. You can purchase a holder from your favorite online store or make your own DIY incense holder.

Step 2: How to properly hold Incense Sticks

Once you have your holder in place, take out the incense stick from the packet. Make sure you grab the incense stick in one hand and the lighter in the other.

Step 3: Burn Incense Stick

Light the other end of the incense stick with a lighter for 5-10 seconds. Ensure that the stick is immersed in flames. Allow the flame to burn for few seconds and then gently blow out the flame.

Burning Incense Sticks

Check the top of the stick, if you see glowing ember then you're all set for the incense smoke. If you're unsure if the smoke is visible or not, again light up the stick and increase the duration of the burning process.

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Step 4: Place the Stick in the Burner

Now that your stick is all set and burning, just place it into the holder. Be sure that the tip is visible within the boundaries of the burner.

Tips for Using Incense Carefully

  • Burn the incense in a well-ventilated room
  • Make sure that there's no air present when you're using it
  • Keep the burning process out from the reach of children and pets
  • Do not burn incense if you're suffering from any respiratory condition
  • Consider using Himalayan Sea Salt to make your own DIY Incense holder
  • Don't leave the stick burning in one room. Always keep them in your sight

How to burn Incense Cones

Incense Burner

Incense cones are designed to operate with a backflow incense burners. Because they have a hole in the center, the smoke of the cone cascade in the backward direction, making a magnificent waterfall type effect. Apart from this, the burning process for the cones is the same as the sticks.

  • Hold the cones with a tweezer in one hand
  • Light the edges of the incense cones for about 5-10 seconds
  • Once you see the smoke, blow the fire
  • Gently place the cones in the base of the burner
  • Sit back and enjoy the beautiful fragrance of incense

Final Verdict - Your turn to Lit the Incense

Now that you've learned how to properly burn incense sticks, grab some and set them on fire. Although incense sticks don't pose a serious threat, it is still better to be safe than to be sorry.

By using the guide we've mentioned above and the tips, you can rest assure that the burning process is safe. Now without any further ado, we'll let you relax your mind with the beautiful aroma of incense.

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