Alternative Aroma Offerings Besides Incense?

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Alternative Aroma Offerings Besides Incense?

Post by catlady2112 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:30 am

My housemate has an allergy to incense and I am trying to find a replacement for an offering with an aroma. I've heard of people using perfume offering. I was thinking of some simple way to do this with perfume, such as everyday putting a drop of essential oil into something like a sponge which would allow it to give an aroma for about an hour, but a sponge seems kind of unpleasant to put on an altar. I prefer *not* to light candles because I live in earthquake country and I'm nervous I might forget to put it out. Any suggestions?

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Re: Alternative Aroma Offerings Besides Incense?

Post by Monlam Tharchin » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:47 am

Smokeless incense is a thing too, though I've never tried it personally.
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Re: Alternative Aroma Offerings Besides Incense?

Post by Malcolm » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:34 am

catlady2112 wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:30 am
My housemate has an allergy to incense and I am trying to find a replacement for an offering with an aroma. I've heard of people using perfume offering. I was thinking of some simple way to do this with perfume, such as everyday putting a drop of essential oil into something like a sponge which would allow it to give an aroma for about an hour, but a sponge seems kind of unpleasant to put on an altar. I prefer *not* to light candles because I live in earthquake country and I'm nervous I might forget to put it out. Any suggestions?
Essential oil, sandalwood would be best, using an aromatherapy diffuser is just fine.
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