How To Burn Frankincense Resin?

Frankincense is the second of the biblical gifts offered in the bible, but there’s a lot more to it than just that story. It is a resin that has been used for generations for a variety of different spiritual and medicinal reasons.

Frankincense can be an excellent resin to buy if you’re looking for a unique, gorgeous scent, or to help yourself relax after a long day.


So let’s say you’ve gotten hold of some frankincense resin and you want to know how to burn it. Is there a wrong way to do this? How much frankincense should you use?

Are there any dangers involved in the process? If you’re wondering about these questions, then you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we’re going to take you through everything you’ll need to know about frankincense resin—how to purchase it, how to burn it, and some of the main reasons people make this resin a part of their life.

So let’s get right into it!

What Is Frankincense?

Before we get into how to burn frankincense resin, we first have to explain that it has been used and burned for many different purposes over the course of human history.

Frankincense is a resin used primarily in perfumes and different fragrances. It is extracted from a series of trees of the genus Boswellia.’

Even though these trees are native to the Arabian Peninsula, Africa, and parts of India, the name is derived from french, meaning ‘high-quality incense).

Frankincense has been used by many different cultures throughout human history, and there’s no one real ‘purpose’ for it.

In ancient civilizations, it was frequently used in medicine and there may be some scientific reasons for this. Frankincense is believed to kill some kinds of bacteria and yeast infections.

Because of this, it was frequently used in medicine, or as an ingredient in various forms of lotions and soap.

Today, frankincense is most commonly used as an ingredient in incense and perfume. It can be purchased blended with other scents, or simply as a resin that you can burn yourself.

If you’re looking to burn solid frankincense for whatever purpose, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind, which we’re going to cover in detail in the next section.

How To Burn Frankincense

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The first thing we want to note is that Frankincense, in its raw resin form, is quite a strong fragrance.

If you burn a large amount of frankincense inside, then you’re going to get a thick smoke that will linger for quite some time.

Because of this, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re not burning large amounts inside unless you want a very intense experience.

To burn frankincense resin, you’re going to need a few things:

  • An electric burner
  • A bowl or tray
  • A Pan
  • Tinfoil

Method 1

If you have an electric burner, you can simply line it with tinfoil and let it do its job. We wouldn’t recommend adding too much at first. Start with a small amount of resin and increase if you’d like a little more scent.

Method 2

If you don’t have an electric burner, then you can simply heat it up in a pan. Line your pan with tin foil and place a small amount of resin on top. You’ll want to make sure it’s evenly spread so that it will burn evenly.

You have to make sure that you set your hob on a low setting, and slowly let the frankincense heat up.

Once it’s burning, you can transfer it into a bowl or tray (lined with tinfoil again) and then you can allow it to burn in whatever room you’ve chosen.

Burning As An Oil

If you have purchased frankincense in oil form, then you can make use of an electric or candle diffuser.

We would recommend using one or two drops at first into your diffuser and then adding some more if you want some extra scent.

One thing to keep in mind with frankincense in oil form is that it can be quite potent, so make sure you start small and work your way up to get the required scent.

Final Thoughts

So that was a quick guide on how you can burn frankincense resin at home. We would always suggest using less rather than more at first, especially if you’re not used to the scent.

If you’ve purchased frankincense incense sticks, then you can simply burn them as you would.

Always be careful when burning anything within your home, to make sure that the hot parts aren’t coming into contact with anything flammable.

We hope that this article has helped you to understand how you can burn Frankincense resin and that you’re now more confident about this.

If you still have some questions, make sure to keep reading for our short FAQ section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Safe To Use Frankincense On The Skin?

While it has been used in many different types of lotions and soaps over the course of history, you’ll generally want to avoid putting frankincense resin onto your skin.

If you purchase a product that contains frankincense from a reputable source, it’s probably safe to use as directed.

However, using frankincense resin, or resin within a blended incense isn’t a very good idea and will do little to help your skin.

Where Can I Buy Frankincense?

Many fragrances or health stores around the world are likely to purchase frankincense.

If you want to buy some high-quality resin online, we’d suggest following this link and getting it delivered to you.

You can also purchase it in oil for a diffuser, or as a set of incense sticks.

Why Is Frankincense In The Bible?

The gift of Frankincense represents the holiness of Jesus within the story of the bible.

Frankincense was often burned at temples as an offering to God—and before that was used in many other religious ceremonies.

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