I have used it occasionally, but not in a long time. Personally, the aroma is way to strong for me to keep it burning all the way through a whole stick. I would light it, let it burn for a minute or two and then put it out. That stuff is potent.
Everyone will assume you're a pothead.
My sister uses burning sage to "cleanse" her house. It makes it hard to breath for me when I'm out there visiting. She lives out on the desert in Southeaster Idaho and apparently there is alot of Bannock/Shoshone influence where she lives, so her beliefs parallel the tribes. I can appreciate her beliefs, but I can hardly breath when she lights it.
Re: Derek, I'm thinking of just trying some of this stuff out, maybe we could start there.
What I'm looking for, just something that smells nice (i.e. not unmanly) and gives me a feel of tradition. Not for religious purposes.
Thanks for the blog recommendation!
Are you a pothead?
I like burning sandalwood incense. When my wife and I burn incense in the house it is with the windows open most of the time so that the smell does not get too strong.
on a side note, in china, incense with musk in it is considered a contraceptive or a way to terminate pregnancy. it is something they have been using for quite a long time, but I have not idea if there is any scientific validity to it.