Do you love the smell of incense but don’t like having to light a stick and wait for it to burn?
Are you looking for an innovative way to burn incense and create unique twists and blends of flavors, aromas, and fragrances without buying and burning every incense stick you can find?
Rope incense is a classic way of enjoying and benefiting from what incense has to offer, but if you’re new to it, this guide is going to detail everything you need to know to have the best experience possible.
An Introduction To Rope Incense
Rope incense is a type of incense that is made by twisting strands of aromatic material together.
Once lit, the rope will smolder and release its fragrance into the air. Rope incense is often used in meditation or during religious ceremonies.
While this might sound similar to how stick incense is burned, usually, the difference is that you’d hang a piece of rope incense from a special holder that keeps it suspended in the air or place it in an upright holder.
As long as you can catch the ash safely and the incense can enjoy circulated air, rope incense will work very well.
Nowadays, you can get a few different types of rope incense, but the most common uses traditional Himalayan rope in which several strands are woven into a larger piece.
These ropes are then sprinkled with various types of incense powder, thus giving them their aromatic and fragrant qualities.
These forms of incense have been used by people worldwide for thousands of years, although mainly in Eastern cultures, and have moved to the Western world over time.
They have always been regarded as an integral part of sacred practices throughout history.
They were commonly found in temples, shrines, or religious parts of everyday homes or in stupas, which are mound-like structures that serve as a reliquary.
A reliquary is a shrine that houses the remains of saints, such as bones, pieces of clothing, or other objects.
What Do You Use Rope Incense For?
In the Western world, rope incense is often used for its pleasant smell. It can be used to mask unpleasant odors or simply to create a nice ambiance for relaxing, reading, or enjoying a spiritual practice.
Due to the nature of how rope incense is made, it’s possible to enjoy a wide variety of fragrances and blends of aromas, allowing you to create pretty much whatever atmosphere you want.
You could opt for aromas like lavender and chamomile to help you relax or go for something like cinnamon and cloves (see also ‘How to Make Clove Oil‘) to get into the festive mood.
The possibilities are endless! In the past, herbs and spices like cloves, cinnamon, and forms of resin were typically blended to create, but that’s because those were the natural ingredients that were readily available at the time.
Nowadays, you can find anything from floral scents to musky aromas, so it really just depends on your preference, and it can really pay to shop around.
Of course, incense isn’t just used to make your space smell nice. It’s also a very popular addition to self and spiritual practices, like meditation, yoga, divination, and energy work.
When used in these practices, the aromatic smoke is said to help cleanse and purify the space and promote focus and concentration.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your practice, or you’re getting involved with other people, such as organizing massage or Reiki sessions, yoga and meditation classes, or some kind of relaxing and therapeutic session, and you want to help the session become more immersive, burning rope incense is a very beneficial way to go about it.
Some of these benefits of burning rope incense include;
- Cleansing the space and getting rid of negative energy (see also, ‘How to Identify Signs of Negative Energy in Your House‘).
- Helping people to relax and promoting a sense of calm.
- Aiding in concentration and focus.
- Reducing stress levels.
- Stimulating the senses and promoting creativity.
Of course, you can also enjoy all the benefits in the comfort of your own home, even if you’re just taking time to read a book or have a bath. Again, you really are only limited by your imagination and personal preferences!
How To Use Rope Incense
Rope incense is incredibly easy to use.
To get started, you’ll need a heat-resistant surface on which to place your rope incense. A ceramic dish or metal tray will work perfectly.
Once your surface is ready, light one end of the rope using a match or lighter. Allow the flame to catch for a few seconds before blowing it out. You should see a small amount of smoke coming from the rope’s end – this means it’s lit!
Now, simply place the lit end of the rope onto your heat-resistant surface and sit back and enjoy the fragrance! Rope incense will usually smolder for around 30-60 minutes, depending on the thickness of the rope.
This is, of course, the simplest way to burn rope incense.
However, a more popular way is to get yourself a proper, dedicated rope incense rope that suspends the incense in the air.
This allows for maximum airflow that will create the best burn and, therefore, the best-smelling smoke and the most consistency from your experience.
Fortunately, these are very affordable, and most sellers, including ourselves, make it easy to buy both at the same time!
When you’re finished with your rope incense, make sure to extinguish it properly.
Just place it back in the ceramic dish or metal tray and then cover it with a metal lid or another heat-resistant surface. This will snuff out the embers and prevent any fumes from escaping.
Why Use Rope Incense?
So, now that you know all about rope incense, you may be wondering why you would use it over traditional incense sticks. Well, there are actually quite a few reasons! Here are just a few:
- Rope incense is much easier to use than traditional incense sticks. There’s no need to light a stick and then wait for it to burn – simply light the rope and enjoy!
- Rope incense lasts longer than traditional incense sticks. You can usually get 30-60 minutes of fragrance from a single rope, whereas a traditional incense stick will last for around 20 minutes.
- Rope incense is perfect for those who love the smell of incense but don’t like the smoke that comes with it. Since the rope smolders rather than burns, there’s very little smoke produced.
So, there you have it – everything you need to know about rope incense! We hope you’ll give it a try the next time you’re looking for a fragrant way to relax and enjoy your space.
And when you’re ready to get started with rope incense yourself, there are many types of rope incense you’re bound to fall in love with!