Best incense for manifestation
Incense can be a powerful tool to help prepare your personal space for focused manifestation. Bustle reached out to two experts to find out what to look for in the best incense for manifestation. Alane Hathaway, professional tarot card reader at At The Rising Moon, and Valerie Weyland, meditator and founder of Brown Girl Bloom, both spoke to Bustle and offered recommendations on how to use specific scents to amplify specific intentions.
What is manifestation?
Manifesting is basically turning your dreams and desires into a tangible reality using steps and methods based on the law of attraction. “Everyone hopes for abundance, and there are a few easy steps to take to help you turn hopes into manifestations,” says Hathaway. If you’re considering including incense in your process, Hathaway advises, “Light your incense, waving the incense through the air to extinguish the flame rather than blowing the flame out, because blowing something frees and ends for.”
Is it good to manifest with incense?
Your sense of smell is very powerful. It can instantly bring back past memories or help you enter certain states of mind. Incense can cleanse your space of bad vibes and allow you to tap into the energy you seek, while smoke is believed to help carry those intentions out into the world. “To activate a higher energy level, consider lighting three incense [that focus] on the power of three (body, mind and spirit),” says Weyland.
How do you set incense intentions?
There are many ways to begin this manifestation journey with incense, but Weyland suggests following these specific steps:
- Find a quiet place to connect with your higher self
- Breathe in the moment
- Place the incense in your palm and place your other hand on it
- Call on a spirit to enlighten you on the intention needed at this precise moment
- Visualize the energy of intention flowing through your body
- See yourself already being the intention in complete form
- Light the incense and let the fragrance flow throughout your body (you can even physically move the incense from your root chakra to your crown chakra)
- Close your eyes and embrace the silence and stillness
What incense to use?
“When it comes to the best types of incense, I strongly encourage you to connect with indigenous communities in your part of the world and learn more about indigenous healing properties that you can tap into,” says Weyland. Beyond that, you can also use this scent guide to define specific manifestations:
- Negative Energy Stains: To stain your space, consider sage and patchouli. “Using patchouli is one of the best places to start because it will help clear any negative energetic influences from your space,” says Hathaway. “It is important to energetically and physically cleanse the area in which you plan to do your work by using sage to remove negative energy and physically cleansing to release any impending energy. […]”
- money, wealth, abundance: Weyland recommends cinnamon, while Hathaway says cloves and vetiver are good choices.
- Love: “Jasmine, hyacinth, and cinnamon work especially well for passion, and vanilla or rose also work well,” says Hathaway.
- Balance, good luck, stability: Weyland suggests nag champa and frangipani.
- Health, Well-being, Calm: Weyland recommends lavender, sandalwood and frankincense.
Keep a few final tips in mind for closing your event with incense. “One of the best closing phrases around protests is ‘In the name of my guides, my guardians, my ancestors and my angels, I ask this with an open heart and mind’.” With all of that in mind, here are the best incense options to include in your manifestation practice.
1. A popular gift set including 7 fragrances
This popular incense gift set is a perfect choice if you are beginning your manifestation journey or are interested in trying different scents. It has over 12,500 reviews with a high rating of 4.6 stars on Amazon, with many reviewers commenting on how familiar they are with this trusted brand, which manufactures its incense in India and has been around for decades. The set comes with seven different scents, including singular scents like nag champa, sandalwood and lavender, and patchouli, as well as blends like Dragon’s Blood (a natural plant resin), Super Hit, and Positive vibe. With 12 sticks per box, you’ll get a total of 84 sticks, which is amazing for the price of $7. A reviewer commented let each stick burn for about 45 minutes.
Useful review: “I was pleasantly surprised by this incense set. I bought this as my very first incense set and couldn’t have been happier. The variety of scents is pleasant. I liked some more than others, of course, but each serves its purpose. […] I will definitely buy again, and if you are unsure, give it a try. The price is magnificent and the scents are really something else.”
2. The Frangipani Incense Pack for Good Luck
If you are looking to channel good luck into your manifestation practice, opt for this set of Frangipani incense, made by the well-known and respected brand Hem, who have been making incense by hand in India for over 30 years. The set includes a total of 120 sticks in six separate packages with an incense holder for convenience. The incense contains non-toxic organic ingredients and, according to one reviewer, has a burn time of over 20 minutes.
Useful review: “I love this perfume, it smells so beautiful and divine!!”
3. A Japanese rose incense to show love
This Japanese rose incense is great for cultivating love and has over 4,000 reviews. There are around 75 sticks per box that burn for 45 minutes each, depending on the brand. They are hand rolled in India and made with organic ingredients without chemicals. Each stick is handcrafted with a blend of natural resins, herbs, wood powders, charred coconut powder, essential oils and honey.
Useful review: “Gorgeous and sensual aroma. This is my new favorite incense.
4. This varied pack of incense to create more abundance
If money and abundance are at the top of your manifestation list, get this set of money-themed incense sticks from the Hem brand which contains five different scents to help you cultivate wealth. and success. Each fragrance set comes with 20 sticks for a total of 100 incense sticks and each carries a slightly different purpose as evidenced by their names: Attracts Money, Success, Good Luck, Opens Roads and Calls money. They are handmade in India with non-toxic ingredients and have garnered nearly 2,000 reviews. Many reviewers have pointed out that the cinnamon scent (an expert recommendation for manifesting richness) is mixed with other woody scents and smells particularly pleasant. According to reviews, the burn time of each stick varies.
Useful review: “I’m a big fan, I love my incense, I think they smell good. They are perfect for making my space comfortable and meditation. Very happy!”
5. A lavender incense stick for calm and clarity
For those seeking clarity in their intentions or more calm in their life, this lavender incense can help create a peaceful state of mind. Each stick is made in California where it is soaked for weeks in lavender oil to allow for an even stronger scent. It has over 3,000 reviews and each package comes with 100 sealed sticks to maintain maximum freshness. A reviewer confirmed that the burn time is around 30 minutes.
Useful review: “This is by far the best incense I have ever purchased! It smells good; pure, strong lavender, and the scent lingers for so long. Will buy more.
6. This incense to relieve stress
Burn this Hem Brand Frankincense Incense if your intentions are to relieve stress or promote an overall sense of well-being. This is a popular choice with over 3,000 reviews, and comes with six separate boxes of 20 sticks for a total of 120 sticks. The incense is made in India and each stick can burn for 35-45 minutes, depending on the brand.
Useful review: “I noticed that the incense gives me the opportunity to clear stagnant energy or emotions from my body. I was able to feel emotions that I was trying [to] numb. It is a good tool that can be used for inner development to release blocked/trapped emotions and I have noticed that the psychic energy in the room is more fluid and uplifted to some extent.
7. This fan-favorite set of 3 packs of sage for smudging
Clear the air of negative or stagnant energy before you manifest by using a sage stick to smudge. The set includes three packets of California White Sage that are sustainably sourced from the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico and come with a handy instruction manual and smudge guide for guide you through every step of the cleaning process. These hugely popular sticks have over 17,000 reviews and are free of artificial flavors or additives. The burning time of this pick is not mentioned.
Useful review: “I really recommend buying it because it really has healing power. I use it for everything; to rid negative energy and restore peace.
Also nice: an incense holder with a storage compartment.
This lovely incense burner, with over 1,300 reviews, has multiple holes for burning multiple incense sticks simultaneously in addition to plates for holding incense cones. A compartment underneath provides convenient storage and the small storage chamber can be opened to the side to slide in your incense whenever you’re ready to start your manifestation practice. Choose between four different designs that feature attractive brass inlaid designs of elephants, stars, and combinations of suns, moons, and stars.
Useful review: « Beautiful and functional! I burn a lot of incense and I have a lot of ashes. This burner keeps it contained and it looks beautiful on the coffee table. The smoke looks really cool flowing from the vents too. I can see where this would be a nice safety feature for people with young children as well, as it keeps embers locked away.
Alane Hathaway, professional tarot reader at At The Rising Moon.
Valerie Weyland, editor and founder of Brown Girl Bloom.