Herbs have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties. They can be used as garnish or flavourants for foods, they can be made into various kinds of tea, but they’re also great for burning as incense.
Not all herbs burn the same when dried out and turned into incense, so it’s important to choose the right herbs when creating a small herb garden for the purpose of making incense. Here we will look at the very best herbs that are worth growing to burn as incense.
Rose is generally used as an ornamental plant thanks to the vibrant colours of the flowers, but few people know that roses, specifically the petals, can be dried out and then added to bunches of other herbs for burning. Not only do they release a pleasant smell, but many swear by their medicinal properties, especially for helping to calm the mind, which is why rose is typically burnt for meditation sessions.
Sage is by far one of the most popular herbs around for burning, partly due to the fact that it releases a nice-smelling fragrance, but also because it’s associated with purification and cleansing, and it’s generally burnt in the house following a fight. Sage has also, in the past, been used to clear out any bad spirits that may inhabit an area, which is partly why it has become such a popular herb to burn even to this day.
This hardy and uniquely fragrant plant can grow just about anywhere, but prefers sandy soils and lots of sun, as well as hot conditions. Lavender flowers make for a great herb to burn, as they release a wonderful smell that can make the entire house smell like a lavender field. In terms of its properties, lavender is usually associated with sleep and peacefulness, perfect for relaxing with a book or roulette NZ. In fact, there has been a lot of scientific research done into the medicinal properties of lavender oil, although this is taken orally.
The branches of the evergreen Juniper were long used in temples, superficially in rituals to help purify the temple and bring peace to the space. As such, it’s an excellent herb to burn when one is suffering from an illness of some kind, and thanks to the fact that it grows all year long, there is always a branch of Juniper available that can be picked off, dried out, and used for burning.
Anyone who’s familiar with the story of Jesus’s birth will most likely have heard of Frankincense. It’s made from the resin of an African tree and was once highly prized. It’s mostly used for meditation and for healing, and it has a long and fascinating history attached to it. Frankincense is generally burnt when someone is passing into death, as it’s meant to help them transition more easily into the afterlife. It’s difficult to grow but has become fairly easily to acquire in modern times.