Incense at the Quest Bookshop

Incense has its roots back in mankind's first experiences with fire itself. It is unlikely primitive man would have missed that certain woods had more pleasing aromas and indeed varying emotional effects Incense artifacts, thousands of years old, have been found throughout the world and appear to be part of virtually very culture. The connection between incense, religions, medicine, and shaman practice is obvious. It would be impossible to separate them or say which preceded the other.

How to Burn Resins, Herbs or Powder Incense PDF Print E-mail
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What you will need:

  • Your Resin, Herb, or powder incense
  • Charcoal Disks: You can find several varieties of charcoal here at the Quest
  • A bowl, urn or plate: almost anything that can withstand heat will work. Often people add sand or gravel to a bowl to help absorb heat. You can find burners, urns and bowls here, as well as sand.
  • A lighter or matches: to start the self-igniting charcoal. A lighter is best.


  1. Light the charcoal and place it in your bowl or urn Never hold the charcoal with your fingers - always use tongs or even pliers. Apply flame to the side of the charcoal for about 20 seconds. The charcoal will then self-ignite across the surface. Charcoal does not usually light easily if they are laying flat on some other surface or in a bowl. It is best to hold the charcoal in the air with a tool when applying the flame to the charcoal.
  2. Wait for the charcoal to ignite and warm up. This usually takes about 3 minutes. You will notice the charcoal starting to go gray aroudn the edges.
  3. If you haven't already, put the charcoal in the burner.
  4. Add resins, herbs or powder incense. Just place a small amount on top of the charcoal. The resins or herbs will begin to burn and release their essential oils through the smoke.
  5. Enjoy. Every aromatic herb and resin has different properties, and can evoke different moods. Experiment and enjoy!