Strictly speaking, incense is not part of reiki practice, but it is definitely part of Japanese traditional culture to burn incense for both religious and relaxation purposes. When it comes to fragrance it is personal preference, but personally, I love the smell of incense sticks and cones and I love to burn them. In fact, I have a little altar in our living room where I burn short incense sticks every morning and at the end of the day.
In this post, I will introduce different types of incense you can use at home for relaxation. When I give reiki, I often burn an incense stick before the session and air out the room, but never burn during the session as the smoke could bother the client, and some people do not like the smell of incense.
Mainichi-Koh Sandalwood Incense 300pcs incense sticks
Mainichi-Koh is a household name in Japan, and perhaps the most commonly-known incense sticks around, usually used on Buddhist altars, but also used to purify the air. If you like sandalwood, they are perfect for relaxation. They are not smoky or does not give off strong smell as some others may. These are usually available in Japanese supermarkets and are reasonable in price.
Burning time: 30 minutes
Product name: Mainichi-Koh Sandalwood Incense 300pcs incense sticks
Price: $10.38 from Amazon.com
Shoyeido’s Avenue of the Villa Incense, Set of 10 Coils – Nijo
These are good quality incense coils which burn for long time (two-and-half hours) and give light but very pleasant fragrance. Great for summer evenings.
Burning time: 2 ½ hours
Price: $20.12 from Amazon.com
Japanese Ceramic Incense Plate – Pink Plum
I have several types of incense holders from small to large. Small ones are convenient for carrying it around while the larger ones are good so that fallen incense ashes don’t spread on your table or floor and make a mess. This plate is tastefully decorated that it could also used as a small candle holder.
The incense holder like in the photo is good for both incense sticks and cones. There are also wooden holders which are light, but it will burn when you put a cone directly on the wood.
Product name: Japanese Ceramic Incense Plate – Pink Plum
Price: $9.32 from Amazon.com
Incense cones are not traditionally Japanese but more common in Southeast Asia like in Thailand and South Asia like in India. They tend to have stronger smell and more smoke than Japanese incenses, but good for those who like distinct fragrance. Fragrances include: lavender, lotus, white sage, frankincense, sandalwood, etc.
Burning time: 25 minutes
Price: $12.45 from Amazon.com
Incense sticks (on wood) are also not traditionally Japanese, but they are more common in other parts of Asia. Incense sticks come in all qualities, but these incense sticks offer good quality fragrance, which include nag champa, sunrise, sandalwood, midnight, patchouli, celestial, 12 sticks each.
Burning time: 1 hour
Price: $9.19 from Amazon.com
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