When using incense, it is natural for the substances used
in the compounding of incense mixture, to give off large
amounts of smoke. Naturally this will vary with the particular
mixtures receipt and the ingredients included.
We all know that excessive exposure to smoke, in all its
forms, is not ideal from a health perspective, and incense
smoke is therefore no exception. If there a danger? We cannot
say for certain, however we do recommend that you take some
basic precautions when using incense.
Limit your exposure to excessive incense smoke as much as
possible. You can do this by a number of means:
1. Do not burn excessive amounts of incense during your
invocations. Billowing smoke may look dramatic but will
not impress the celestial energies you are working with.
2. Ensure your place of working is well ventilated as much
as possible. We all realize that during a typical UK winter
this would probably be very uncomfortable.
3. Ensure you only buy your incense (non-combustible type)
from reliable suppliers/manufacturers who use only 100%
natural ingredients and you know what these are (unnecessary
additives and chemicals should be avoided).
4. If you are not happy with using incense at all then don't
5. Try using essential oils warmed over a low heat burner,
as a replacement to incense.
For some people the use of essential oils on their skin
may be an irritant and generate an allergic reaction. Test
a little of the oil on your skin to establish your sensitivity
prior to using the oil during a particular ceremony. if
you are using essential oils in a ritual, e.g. anointing
a talisman, and do not wish to have skin contact with the
oil, use a small natural hair brush/cotton bud to apply
the oil. Again,
If you are using oil instead of incense, do not pour the
oil directly onto the coals, use a dropper or small spoon,
to put the oil onto the coals, but do this very carefully.
This advice is not meant to be full, conclusive or based
on any scientific or practical research, it is meant to
make you aware that the use of some materials may have harmfully
effects and therefore caution is advised at all times.
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