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Magic incense

DIY / Published on 01 / 12 / 2021

Do you burn incense to meditate? For your rituals? Or is it something you want to incorporate into your 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 thiouraye, 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, that is to say a mixture with the plant, resin and oils or scented 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 all these secrets, let's practice!

Everything you need

  • A hand of black tigernuts
  • 1 burning charcoal censer (or a terracotta pot or a ceramic pot)
  • Hot coal
  • 1 lighter
  • 1 charcoal tong (optional)
  • 1 mortar or 1 grinder (optional)
  • 1 pestle (optional)

The steps to follow

  1. Pound or crush the tigernuts to obtain filaments
  2. Place some filaments (or some seeds) in the bottom of the censer
  3. Using the tong, take 1 piece of charcoal and light it
  4. Place it on the filaments (or seeds)
  5. Place other filaments (or seeds) on the charcoal

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(smoke is toxic)

Incense origin

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