It is known that incense was used in ancient Egypt and according to the history of the nativity, the Magi offered incense and myrrh to the baby Jesus as gifts. Incense is a traditional part of Buddhist and Hindu religions with different aromas that are identified with different rituals. Although the term aromatherapy was not coined until the 20th century, the art and science of using aromas for therapeutic purposes goes back at least to the time of incense and probably beyond.
What is it actually?
Incense powder is the oldest form of originally crushed dried leaves, flowers and other aromatic parts of the plants that were simply thrown into the fire to release their scent. Today, it is sprayed on burning coal. Incense in resin which is burned on a charcoal base. Incense in cones which are placed in special containers. The cones are very durable but these are best used outdoors or in well-ventilated areas as they produce more smoke as they burn to the wider base of the cone.Incense sticks are the best known and popular. When choosing joss stick quality counts as much as the smell that is chosen. There are two types those that have bamboo cores and those that are composed entirely of incense.
The use of joss sticks (incense fragrance)
The aromas have a profound psychological effect. Your choice should be based both on the mood you want to create and its fragrance. Some possible options are sandalwood. It is one of the most popular perfumes. It is used for meditation because of its calming effect but it is also ideal for the production of a quiet environment in the house. The Aloe Stick is recommended only for meditation. It is said that the inhalation of the aloe stick is equivalent to a half-hour meditation session. It’s expensive and relatively hard to find. It also gets mixed with sandalwood. Patchouli is very popular incense.
Lavender incense has a remarkably soothing effect. Aroma therapists use oils and lavender essences to help relieve headaches, tension and other stress-related disorders.La Rosa is a romantic and relaxing fragrance that really needs no introduction. However, care must be taken when choosing rose incense since there are many cheap imitations available that are made with synthetic ingredients. Orange, lemon and other citrus aromas are excellent energizers. As with the rose and other fragrances, you should try to get incense that uses natural and non-synthetic ingredients.
Conclusion: its use
With the possible exception of aloe stick any of these incenses can be used at any time. Sandalwood is associated with meditation. However, many cultures also associate it with family gatherings and other celebrations as it is often used in situations of religious significance when burned on domestic altars.The joss sticks are made with coal and immersed in oils, made with mixtures of herbs, resins, woods and essences. This allows this incense to produce the purest, cleanest and most crystalline fragrances in the market.