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Choosing the Best Incense for Cleansing: DIY Guide

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Written by: Tina Caro

I don’t know if you love incense as much as I do, but after reading this article, I bet you will start appreciating them and adding them to your witchy practice! Today I want to share with you important and interesting information about incense and its benefits. Specifically, I want to share with you all I know about what incense is good for cleansing. Let’s get started then!


For cleansing and purifying, consider incense like Sage, Palo Santo, and Frankincense, renowned for their purification abilities and removing negative energy.

Myrrh is often used alongside Frankincense for spiritual cleansing.

Cedar offers purification and protection, while Lavender can create a harmonious environment.

Juniper is used to remove negative influences, and Copal has a long history of cleansing, healing, and spiritual purification.

Set clear intentions and visualize the removal of unwanted energies when using incense for cleansing.

Be respectful of cultural and traditional practices associated with these rituals.

The most effective incense for cleansing

These are the best incense for cleansing. Choose the incenses that resonate the most with your goals!

*I found the best quality incense on Etsy. I wasn’t happy with what I found on Amazon! I also suggest that you check what local shops nearby have in stock.


Lavender incense is just great for cleansing any negative energy while restoring balance, calmness, and fresh positivity. It’s great if you are experiencing an emotional imbalance. If you feel a bit lost and negative deep inside, this is the incense you must use!

You can buy them on Etsy


If you think some negative energy is around you and it is undermining the peace in your home, a sage incense can be wonderful to let that negativity disappear. Sage is the most powerful cleansing herb of them all and if you don’t want to use sage sticks, sage incense is your best option to keep enjoying the incredible benefits of this magickal herb.

You can buy them on Etsy

Palo Santo

Another wonderful incense that is good for cleansing is Palo Santo. This is one of the traditional herb shamans rely on for cleansing rituals. It’s just great for deep spiritual healing, but also to cleanse any negativity, especially that which is linked to a specific person.

You can buy them on Etsy

When to use them?

If you feel negativity is around you or inside of you and you feel a sense of discomfort over and over again, it’s time to use some incense for cleansing. Suppose you want to boost the incense for cleansing benefits. In that case, you can burn your chosen incense on a Sunday as the Sun energy ruling this day of the week can shed its light and energy into the darkness around you, helping you to dissipate any negativity in your life.

How to use them?

You can use incense by leaving it in a room where you feel there is some stagnant negative energy, or you can use it to cleanse an object you feel has some negative energy attached.

This can be a great option for secondhand objects that need a good cleanse.

Sticks or grains?

Your choice! They are both great options, but I feel more comfortable using sticks! Make sure you choose the method you like the most!

Do I need a burner?

If you want to use incense in form of grains and keep the incense in a room to let it absorb and cleanse the negative energy in that specific room, the answer is yes, using a burner is the best call.

Otherwise, if you want to use an incense stick, you can use an incense holder or you can pass the stick all over the space you would like to cleanse. Your call!


You can find incense holders on Amazon (US or UK), on Etsy, and in other specialized witchy shops!

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How to use incense for cleansing properly?

You can use incense for cleansing in a few different ways according to the kind of action and benefit you would like to get from it. Let’s check them out together.

To cleanse your home

To use incense for cleansing properly is often recommended to open the windows, burn the incense from the bottom up, and start from one corner and continue towards the others, to finally get to the center of the room.

When you reach the center of the room, the windows must remain closed for about ten minutes at the end of which the windows must be reopened.

To cleanse objects

Incense can also be used to purify individual objects: the simplest way to do this is to pass the incense over the object from the bottom to the top, continuing with a few circles clockwise above the object itself.

Proceed until you deem it cleansed. A piece of advice that is often given to those who intend to purify the home with incense, as stated, is to do so by thinking about something in particular, or with a specific intention, for example, to remove stagnant negative energies.

A prayer to chant while using incense for cleansing

To let the incense for cleansing work faster and more effectively you can chant a prayer. Feel free to adjust it if some words don’t resonate with the goal you would like to accomplish with your cleansing session.

“Cleansing energy, come around,
I am ready to ignite your light
I am open to receiving the positivity you spark
Might this incense be the medium to get balance, stability, and positive vibes
Darkness fade away as your smokes spread towards my space
Might the light shine my way and brighten my inner and outer space
So be it”

A Powerful Prayer for Mind Cleansing [5 Min Chant]

How to get rid of sticks after a session is done?

When you are done with your cleansing session with incense, you can blow the ashes in the wind or bury the remains so the incense can return to its natural source, the earth.

Your call! Do what your intuition suggests!

Where can you buy incense for cleansing?

You can buy it in an herbalist shop you have some you trust, or you can buy it online. Actually, online many websites are selling them but make sure the incense you are going to buy is organic and of high quality.

The main reason you should stay away from low-quality incenses is that they don’t have the same high energy that an organic, top-tier incense might have, so its energy might be weaker.

Plus, cheap incenses can also harm your health as made up of synthetic ingredients, which we definitely want to avoid! Search around and buy the best products for a great and safe experience.

If you need some guidance to cleanse your life from any negative energy, keep in mind that I can help you with my spell casting service!

Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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