Using Loose Herbs for Smoke Cleansing

smoke cleansing with loose herbs

So you've got some herbs you'd like to use for smoke cleansing - but they are loose, not bundled into a wand. What is the best way to burn them?

To use an herb and/or flower blend to clear your space, try one of the following:

In a dish

Put a small amount of herbs on some salt or sand in a heat-safe dish, light them, and VERY carefully blow out the flame, so that they smolder - taking care not to blow the burning herbs out of the bowl.

  1. Get a heat-safe dish
  2. Fill the dish with a bit of salt or sand. Filling it about half way up is usually a good amount - but use your judgment. 
  3. Place your herbs/flowers on top of the sand
  4. Using a lighter or match, light your herbs/flowers
  5. VERY gently, blow out the flame so that they smolder. Be careful: you do not want to blow so hard that burning herbs/flowers fly out of your dish.
  6. Enjoy!

With a charcoal tab

Put a small amount of the herbs on a lit charcoal tab and allow them to burn (use a censor designed for burning herbs and resin, or place the charcoal tab on bed of salt or sand in a dish, to buffer some of the heat)

  1.  Get a heat-safe dish 
  2. Fill the dish with a bit of salt or sand. Filling it about half way up is usually a good amount - but use your judgment. 
  3. Light a charcoal tab. You can do this either by placing it on the sand and lighting it while already in the dish, or by using a pair of tongs to hold the charcoal tab while you light it, then place it on the sand. NEVER hold the charcoal tab with your hands while you light it! It lights quickly and gets extremely hot.
  4. Place your herbs/flowers on the charcoal tab and let them smolder. 
  5. Enjoy!

That's it! Burning herbs like this can be very easy - although it is a bit different from burning an herb bundle.

Want to learn more about space clearing, in general? Here's a blog I wrote about exactly that.

Important safety reminders

Please note that charcoal tabs get extremely hot - and  can make your dish very hot, as well: always set your dish on a heat-safe surface and use caution before you touch or pick up the dish.

Remember to never, ever leave burning herbs/resin/wood/flowers unattended and to always practice common sense with any kind of flame, charcoal, or smoke.