Magic w/o Incense?

Hey all!

I’m wondering if anyone else has issues with using incense in their work? Since I was a child, the smell has caused me headaches, nausea and general malaise… Am I the only one? Does anyone have suggestions, substitutions, even similar experiences? I feel like I’m missing out on a significant piece of the magical puzzle.

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@wellie hi, I have know lots of people that become ill if it is burned around them. If you feel like you are missing out on something you could try burning the dried herbs on a charcoal disc In a burner or your cauldron. If the spell calls for lavender incense just use dried lavender. I hope that helps

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Thanks @crystal24!

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Your very welcome :blush:

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You could use an essential oil diffuser inatead

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Came to also suggest what @phoenix_dawn said. If I’m missing a specific incense scent, I usually will just substitute incense for an essential oil in the diffuser. Maybe give that a try as long as it doesn’t irritate you. Good luck!

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@SilverBear created a recipe for a cleansing mist to substitute incense and many other
magical mixtures and blends, there’s a quick list here: Working with Oils!

You can also harness the energy of the herbs traditionally burned as incense (frankincense, myrrh, cedar, sage, etc) with a diffuser as mentioned above, or rubbing the essential oil on a candle and burning the candle :candle:

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Thanks all for the tips! I do have a couple of oil diffusers and essential oils in the house, and will try and substitute.

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I have an issue using incense because of family members that have asthma. I use an oil burner. There are also sprays. I love making them…

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Incense definitely isn’t required to practice magic. It’s one of those things that most people use for its properties but also because it creates a general atmosphere conducive to magic. However, you can substitute that with whatever you want. I don’t burn incense every day and, if I need to do a quick cleansing, I’ll use one of my smokeless cleansing techniques. I also don’t burn scented candles for the same reason you mentioned about incense. Something about them just gives me sinus trouble :woman_shrugging:t3:

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Exactly I totally agree with you. You can use a bottle spray with water and lavender diluted or water it self, if good on visualization, to visualize a white light moving around your space, cleansing. Even sound with bowls does the job.

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Have to add LBRP in this list, it helps to clear your chakras. Is like a energetic boost to yourself and the place. The good part of this procedure is that it can be performed more than ones

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Great tips, all! Using oils had occurred to me, but I was worried about their effectiveness vs the smoky “clearing” aspect of incense. You’ve made me more confident about substitutions without sacrifice!

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I was thinking that the other day but forgot to ask. I suffer from asthma and other respiratory problems. I try to not use incense too close to me cause it makes me feel bad almost immediately, so thank you for bringing that up!

I don’t know if an humidifier works as well, I’m also vegan and I always try to not use things that affect the environment, and it looks like that is the less damaging way to clense/bring smells to a place.

Thanks also to everyone for the ideas!

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