Why incense are a must have in your home
Since ancient times and into the present day, people throughout the world have used incense for spiritual, aesthetic and therapeutic reasons. Its origins can be traced to Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome, China, India, and Japan.
Incense is made in various forms, such as cones and sticks.
It is made up of aromatic materials that produce a scent, and combustible binding materials. The aromatic materials are usually natural and plant based, for example cinnamon, musk, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood, cedar, rose, lavender, lemongrass and geranium. Essential oils are also used. The combustible materials, such as charcoal or wood powders, cause the incense to ignite, allowing it to burn and produce smoke. The binding materials hold the incense together in a particular shape. Various gums, such as Gum Arabic, are used for this. In high end Japanese incense, a natural organic substance called Makko which performs functions of both combustible material and binding agent, is often used as an alternative to charcoal.
To burn incense, you must gently ignite it using a lighter or match to light the tip. Once ignited, you then gently extinguish the flame, by blowing it out. The incense will then glow and begin to produce scented smoke and once finished burning, it will extinguish itself.
If burning incense, be mindful, and don’t leave it unattended. Always use an incense holder or stand to help contain the burning incense and its ash, and place incense holders on a fire resistant surface.
In these challenging times, now, more than ever, it’s important to nurture your mental health. With the correctly scented incense, you can use its therapeutic powers to calm anxiety, as well as to cleanse the atmosphere and prepare for meditation. The aromatic scent of burning incense can be uplifting, and promote a sense of peace and wellbeing.
So, now you know a bit about incense, why not indulge? Next time you want to relax and unwind, try curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea, a book and some soft music, or maybe run a warm bath, replacing candles with incense selected from the many fragrances available to you.
by Monica F. Smith