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How To Burn Incense Sticks (Guide)

People across the globe are devoted to taking part in several spiritual practices, meditation, yoga, and aromatherapy. These practices are to be performed in a specific way, and one of its most important parts of burning incense sticks. 

It is true that many people burn incense sticks, but do you even know how to burn incense sticks properly? To perform these practices properly and to get the most benefits out of safely burning it, you must follow certain guidelines. 

Guideline to Burn Incense Stick

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1. Choose the right incense stick

The first step to how to light incense stick involves choosing the right incense stick for you. Many prefer HelpUsGreen’s bambooless agarbatti over traditional incense sticks because they are environmentally friendly, offer quality and durability, variety of fragrances, produces minimal smoke, and 100% organic. Go through our collection of agarbattis to choose the right incense stick for you! 

If you want to know more about why you should use bambooless agarbattis instead of traditional ones, read our blog “Bambooless Agarbatti vs. Traditional Incense Sticks”.

2. Use a proper incense holder

Always use a proper incense holder that is designed to catch the falling ash and offer stability. This helps to avoid damage to the surface as the incense burns and holds the stick upright as it burns. Also, look for one that is heat-resistant to avoid an accidental burn.

3. Place it in a well-ventilated area

Agarbattis are known to produce smoke. If you don’t burn incense sticks in a well-ventilated area, the smoke can become suffocating and overwhelming instead of creating a pleasant environment.

4. Keep it away from flammable objects

There is a possibility that incense sticks can ignite flammable objects like curtains, papers, etc. To prevent accidental fires, don’t keep it anywhere near flammable objects. 

5. Do not leave it unattended

Never leave burning incense unattended. If you need to leave the room, extinguish the incense first.

6. Make sure your children or pet can’t reach it

Children and pets are notoriously known to play with anything and everything that is within their reach. So, if you are burning the incense, ensure it is in a place where they can’t reach it to avoid them knocking it over and getting burned.

7. Extinguish properly

When you are done with the incense stick, extinguish the incense by dipping the lit end into water or pressing it against a fireproof surface. Never blow on the incense, as it can spread sparks.   

8. Dispose of the ash carefully

Disposing of the ash when it is hot can burn your hand. So, once the incense’s remains have completely cooled, dispose of it in a fireproof container. 

9. Be wary of allergies

Some people might be allergic to certain scents or the smoke produced by incense. If you or someone in your household has allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, consider using alternatives to incense.

6 Steps: How to Light Incense Stick Safely

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Follow the following steps religiously to burn incense sticks safely:

  • Choose one of HelpUsGreen’s incense sticks: Choose from a wide range of fragrances, like lavender, rose, sandalwood, eucalyptus, and many more! Click here to choose.

  • Prepare your incense holder: Always use a heat-proof surface to burn incense on. Put the incense holder in a well-ventilated area that is far from the reach of children and pets.

  • Place the incense on the incense holder: Take your incense stick and carefully place it upright on the incense holder. 

  • Burn the incense: Light the tip of the incense with a match or a lighter. Let it burn for a few seconds, and then blow it out gently.

  • Enjoy the pleasant fragrance of incense: Sit back and enjoy the calming and aromatic experience offered by HelpUsGreen’s incense sticks.

  • Extinguish the incense: Once you are done with it. Carefully extinguish the incense on a fireproof surface. Wait till the ash is cool before discarding it. 

  • Do's and Don'ts of Light Incense 

    1. Always choose high-quality, 100% organic bambooless incense sticks.
    2. Never burn an incense stick without a heat-resistant and stable incense holder.
    3. Burning incense sticks should be kept away from flammable items like curtains, paper, etc., and placed in a well-ventilated area.
    4. Keep the incense sticks at such an angle that the ash falls on the holder. It can damage the furniture if it falls on it.
    5. Never leave the burning incense stick unattended. Extinguish it on a fireproof surface before you exit the room.
    6. Dispose of the remains of the incense sticks only after they have cooled down.
    7. Avoid burning the incense stick near pets, children, people with respiratory problems, and people with allergies.
    8. Don’t stand too close to the burning incense stick. Inhaling too much smoke can be harmful.

    How Long Do Incense Sticks Burn?

    Most incense sticks burn for 20-40 minutes on average, but it depends on their thickness, quality, and even humidity. If you want an incense stick that burns longer, go for HelpUsGreen’s 100% organic bambooless incense sticks, crafted from floral remains collected from the banks of the Ganga and temples.


    Burning an incense stick might be merely a part of several practices, such as spiritual practices, meditation, yoga, and aromatherapy, but it holds a greater significance when done correctly. 

    Enjoy the calming and aromatic experience of burning incense sticks safely with HelpUsGreen’s incense sticks!