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Magic incense

DIY / Published on 01 / 12 / 2021

Do you burn incense to meditate? For your spiritual rituals? Or is it something you want to incorporate into your wellness routine? If you answered YES to any of these 3 questions, stick with me!
Today, I'm going to take you on a journey. I'm going to introduce you to woussoulan, the incense of my West African traditions. It comes in the dry form, that is to say just the plant(tigernuts) and in the soaked form, which is the mixture of the plant and one or more of these elements : resin and scented oils or essences.
It is used for various reasons :

  1. to remove bad smells
  2. as a insect repellent
  3. as a weapon of seduction. The women perfume all the rooms of the house as well as their clothes to attract their husbands under the duvet
  4. to chase away evil spirits
  5. to purify oneself spiritually
  6. to protect babies
  7. to heal sick people

Now that you know a little more about our ancestral practices, let's talk about the instructions!

Everything you need

  • 1 dry nut or 1 soaked nut(more fragrant). Both of them are available on our online store!
  • 1 burning charcoal censer (or a terracotta pot or a ceramic pot)
  • Hot coal
  • 1 lighter
  • 1 charcoal tong 

The steps to follow

  1. Using the tong, take 1 piece of charcoal and light it
  2. Drop 1 nut on the coal
  3. Turn it over every 10 mins
  4. Burn it until it disintegrates(about 1 hour)

The precautions to take

  • Keep flammable objects/products away
  • Ventilate the room well during and after combustion
  • Do not leave the incense to burn unattended
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Limit use to once a day

Incense origin

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