Incense with herbs, resins and woods is an ancient tradition that is used in many cultures. From ancient Egypt to the Celtic tribes in the north to the South American peoples, the ritual burning of incense is part of historical customs.
The smoke that is produced when incense burns is often a symbol of the transition from the earthly to the subtle, spiritual world. As we let the solid, material material burn up, it passes into another, spiritual sphere.
This transformative power makes incense an essential component of many rituals - to drive away evil spirits, to accompany the dead into their realm of the dead, but also in the Christian tradition to approach the holy spirit.
To use the selected incense, it is made to smolder with a suitable heat source and then releases its vapors.
Resins are usually smoked on charcoal or in a burner, smudge sticks, wood or incense sticks are lit on one side and burned over a fireproof surface.
If you want to clear your living space, here's how to do it:
Light your chosen incense and ensure it smolders slightly. The incense should not burn. Now fan the air constantly so that you can see a nice development of smoke.
It may be that the incense occasionally stops glowing (especially with the wetter, local herbs), then you simply relight it.
Walk through your rooms systematically and always go to the right. Fan the smoke into all corners. It's best to open all windows to the same extent to allow the used energy - and the smoke - to escape. Feel free to open all the drawers so that you can smoke there too.
As with all spiritual rituals, the exact implementation is up to you. However, there are important safety instructions that you should follow: Never leave candles or incense burning unattended and always use a fireproof base for your incense. You should also ventilate sufficiently during your smoking ritual to reduce exposure to fine dust. And please do not smoke if you are pregnant or sensitive to smells.