How to Light Loose Incense

Loose incense can be made from a variety of different materials such as herbs, resins, and powders. This is different than an incense stick or incense code because it's a loose material unattached to a stick and not formed into any shape. Using loose incense can be a unique spiritual experience just in the ritual of lighting it itself. The method of using loose incense entails more of a hands-on approach. With incense sticks or cones, you light it and let it smoke – it's rather effortless. With loose incense, you'll be more involved in the process of its use.


  • Fireproof dish (ceramic, cast iron, etc.)

  • Charcoal disk

  • Charcoal tongs

  • Loose incense of your choosing (dried herbs, resin, powder, or blend)

  • Lighter or match

1. Light the charcoal

Holding a charcoal disk with tongs at a safe distance, use your lighter or match to light the corner of the charcoal disk. The disk will begin to spark as it lights. Once it's sparking, it will self light the rest of itself. You may set the charcoal disk in your fireproof dish now. Set the disk such that the concave side is facing up giving you a little "bowl" shape to sprinkle the incense on.