Most people who never or rarely use resin incense often think of it simply as an air freshener or an odor eater and are unaware of the many benefits they have on the mind and body. Even many who regularly use resins may not fully appreciate all its physical and psychological benefits.
Almost every religion and culture since the beginning of time have used resin incense for their spiritual powers, tribal healers and physicians throughout history have used resin incense for their healing powers, and why monks have used them for thousands of years for their ability to help with concentration, why artists use them to inspire creativity, and why some couples use them to heighten sexual experiences.
There are many different types available to suit your specific needs.
Myrrh is a natural gum resin extracted from a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora Myrrha, common in Africa and the Middle East. Myrrh is botanically related to frankincense, and is one of the most widely used essential oils in the world.
Myrrh is one of the sacred incenses of the Bible as it is said to represent Christ's suffering - the gift of Myrrh by the Magi presages his death and entombment.
Myrrh resin has served many purposes throughout history. Associated with purification and cleansing it has been used in religious offerings and is used to heal, purify and cleanse an area, lifting the vibration, aiding contemplation and meditation. Also helps to fortify and revitalize the spirit and creates peace and service to ground, calm and inspire.
Frankincense, also called Olibanum is obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. The resin is generally collected from farmed trees in East Africa and parts of the Arabian Peninsula, though wild trees are sometimes sourced.
Frankincense was used by the Egyptians and the Hebrews in their religious rites and worship, and as a medicine. In Christian tradition, frankincense was one of the three gifts offered by the Magi to the infant Jesus.
In modern magical traditions, it is used as a purifier to cleanse a sacred space, or to anoint an area that needs to be purified. Also used during meditation and energy work.
The magical properties of frankincense are, amongst others: courage, joy, strength, health, success and it has a calming, freeing effect on the body and mind as well as being used generally for exorcism, purification, and protection spells.
Dragons Blood Resin
Dragon’s blood is a resin produced by the rattan palm tree, Daemonorops draco. It is native to Southeast Asia, appearing in tropical and subtropical climates and occurring on the Malay Archipelago, specifically cultivated in Sumatra. It is an intensifying resin obtained from the Canary Islands Dragon Tree (Draceano draco). Due to the belief that it is the blood of the mythical animal, the dragon, it was also used in alchemy and for ritual magic.
It is especially good when mixed with other incense, and acts as a boost to their potency for magical purposes. Dragons blood is also used for cleansing as well as lust and love magic and in new age shamanism it is used in ceremonies.
In American hoodoo, African-American folk magic, and New Orleans voodoo, it is used in mojo hands for money-drawing or love-drawing, and is also used to cleanse a space of negative entities or influences. It is also added to red ink to make "Dragon's Blood Ink", which is used to inscribe magical seals and talismans.
Benzoin resin is produced by a shrubby deciduous tree, belonging to the Styraceae family. A common tree in Sumatra growing upwards of 12 metres.
Generally burnt as a purifying resin incense its use is prevalent throughout both Eastern and Western magikal practice. It is used often for de-hexing and blessing, although some New Age Magicians employ it for charging items of power.
New Age users usually attribute peace-promoting properties to benzoin resin, and burn it both to drive away negativity, soothe anger, and enhance concentration. Since ancient times, benzoin resin has been considered a protective incense against all types of malignancy, especially when combined with other precious incense resins (i.e. frankincense, myrrh, copal, dragon's blood). Burning benzoin resin incense prior to astral travel is said to protect oneself from evil entities that may be encountered during travel and that generally drives away any spirits that may attempt to possess the body while in such a state. Chinese magicians believe that burning benzoin resin can enhance one's luck and increase the profitability of a business.
$20 (includes sand)
Traditionally, resin incense burners were referred to as "censers," and were usually small metal or stone dishes that often rested on short legs. Since many cultures treat the burning of resin incense as a spiritual or ceremonial event, censers were often designed and decorated with images that reflected the type of spirituality in question.
These Resin Incense Burners are specifically designed for burning charcoal and resin incense.
Instructions for use:
Fill a heat proof incense bowl with 1-2 inches of sand. The sand will help dissipate the heat so that the incense burner will not get too hot.
Using tweezers or tongs to hold the charcoal block, light the edge. If it's self-igniting charcoal (contains potassium nitrate) you will see tiny sparks as you light it and it should ignite quickly. You may need to keep the heat on it for a few minutes.
If your charcoal tablet has a concave indentation on one side, place it in the burner with the hollow facing up.
When the charcoal is glowing red hot which could take about 5 minutes or so place resin in the concave indentation directly onto the charcoal.