This time I put the charcoal on sand in a silver cup and decorated with marigolds.
What natural material is suitable for incense burning?
needles from spruce, fir, pine or yew tree
elder flower or wood
rosemary, sage, mint, lavender and thyme, yarrow
rose petals and mugwort
cedar or birch bark
and many more
And I look for aromatic resin from spruce trees in the forest. But only take old resin that's no more sticky. It gives a better scent and your hands stay clean. And be careful, take only the driedaromatic resin that you can break off easily to avoid hurting the tree again.
How can you find resin? Look out for grey marks on the stems, like the ones in the picture below.
That's dried spruce resin. It has a special scent.
Maybe you're interested in incense burning with self collected natural materials now. So I hope you'll have fun in trying this new activity. I think it will fill you with peace and harmony like it did with me.
Have a colourful and natural day!