My Favourite Incense… Frankincense

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I’ve tried a few different types of incense in my time. My favourite over the last few years is Earth Works Ireland Frankincense. I like it because I love the smell of Frankincense and because these incense sticks have a lovely natural scent. Not synthetic and not sickening. Just a beautiful earthy aroma. I keep buying them time and time again. They are quality and they are mood enhancing.


I’ve tried incense sticks I’ve bought in Ireland, England Scotland, various parts of Europe and the USA but this one is still my favourite. So far anyway! It’s because it just smells so natural and has a gorgeous aroma. It’s a nice strong scent too but not overpowering.

I’ve always liked the scent of Frankincense. I first smelt it as a child in a church. You could see the smoke as it wafted through the air and it was all sort of mystical. It was a very strong scent that filled the senses in an utterly enchanting way. It was kind of overwhelming and totally dreamy. I really loved that. It was certainly a highlight for me! It took you out of the moment.

The closest thing I got to this beautiful intense aroma was getting some actual Frankincense resin in an amazing Mystical shop in Glastonbury, England called Starchild. You burnt it direct on a marble tablet with charcoal to heat it. I need to try and get some of that again. It was powerful stuff.

I also got some great Frankincense incense at the beautiful Cathedral in Palma, Mallorca. I can’t remember the label but it was good Frankincense incense too.

Most people will have heard of Frankincense due to it being one of the 3 gifts that the Three Wise Men, Kings or Magi brought in the Christmas story.

Three Wise Men

Frankincense Incense is intense and uplifting. It seems like the most spiritual type of incense. It’s calming and peace enducing. It’s a good incense to chill out with. 😉 But I think it actually suits any mood. It’s uplifting but at the same time it’s soothing.

“In 2008, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology summarized that burning frankincense may be a viable way to alleviate anxiety or depression. Burning frankincense resin is common in religious and spiritual rituals for purification, meditation, spiritual protection and to enhance spiritual development (psychic energy). The sweet aroma is immediately calming and brings about a sense of peace and connection to one’s soul and Source.” More information about this on

Frankincense is one of the oldest fragrances in the world and has a fascinating history. It is sourced from the Boswellia tree which grows in Asia and Africa. “It was traded 5000 years ago in the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, where it was valued as high as gold. The frankincense route runs from southern Arabia to the Mediterranean, and it is one of the oldest trade routes in the world.”

“The English word frankincense derives from the Old French expression franc encens, meaning “high-quality incense”. The word franc in Old French meant “noble” or “pure”. (Wikipedia)

Frankincense has undoubtable healing qualities and right back to ancient times has formed part of rituals and religious ceremonies. Certain religions believe burning it can chase away evil spirits and burning it is thought to bring good health and protection.  “Frankincense has been a major part of religious and cultural ceremonies for thousands of years. Many ancient worshippers believed its aroma led to spiritual enlightenment and a meditative state.” It is also used for magical and purification purposes. “Many people find that it makes a perfect incense to use during meditation, energy work, or chakra exercises…” 

“A recent study revealed how frankincense works as an effective antidepressant and relieves stress. It’s said to enhance intuition, clairvoyance and is ideal to use before meditation. Frankincense was also once worth more than its weight in gold. Burning frankincense provides protection and purification and is said to help increase your spiritual awareness.”


Earthworks incense sticks are handrolled in the traditional way in India, made from essential oils and other natural ingredients. The packaging is made from 100% recycled cotton. Buying this product helps fund an educational project in South India. They buy from families, small groups and recognised fair trade suppliers in different parts of Asia. They supply shops in Ireland and Great Britain as well as having an online store.

Earthworks Incense

They describe their Frankincense as “…..full of eastern mystery hand-rolled with sandalwood powder and frankincense tree resin to produce an exotic aroma.”

For the benefits of burning natural incense, which have “…been found to have a range of positive physical and psychological effects…” check out

I’m sure there are lots of amazing incense brands out there. If you have a favourite incense you’ve tried please feel free to share. 🙂


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