Incense, Resin & Burners

The spiritual use of incense is often accompanied by prayers, devotion, invocations and cleansing. The smoke rising to the sky represents that the requests have arrived at their intended destination and will get approval from divine entities. Incense is also believed to have properties to dissipate negative energy and clear energetic space.

Incense is a coal stick burned to produce a fragrant scent. This stick is made from tree resin found also in certain flowers, seeds, roots and aromatic bark. The use of incense dates back 2000 BC and used extensively in festivals, rituals and processions to honour the ancestors. 

Incense burners, or holders, are used to hold up the sticks as they burn out. The word ‘INCENDERE’ is the latin word ‘to burn’. The burning of the stick releases the aroma, filling up a room, or space and purifying it. Incense is used ritually in mediation, yoga, and to cleanse and purify the space.

The burning of incense is also used in the preparation of a congregation for prayer and rituals, an expression of devotion, such as during a Catholic Mass, an offering to God in churches.

Certain blends of burning incense is believed to have positive effects on people suffering from emotional trauma and anxiety. The citrus scents of Frankincense offers a strong sedative effect, bringing peace and relaxation to those breathing it in. Sandalwood has sacred properties and can aid in relieving insomnia and depression. Eucalyptus incense can help with respiratory ailments. 

The method of burning incense usually depends on the type of incense. Sticks and cones are the most common types in these times. In ancient times, powders and the gummy ground resin were burnt. These are also still used today. A stick of incense is narrow and straight, with a cone being conical and spiral in shape. Burn times vary, with cones burning for longer than sticks. Incense also comes in an oil, which is placed on a burner over a tealight candle and the scent infused gently into the air. 

There are many types of incense, from every culture. The Japanese use incense called ‘koh’, resembling short strands of spaghetti. The Indians in India call their incense ‘Agarbatti’. There are ‘Dhoop’ sticks and ‘Masala’ sticks. ‘Simpoi’ sticks originate in Tibet, while in China, they are called ‘Joss’ sticks. 

Incense scents are varied, and while in this modern time there are many commercial fragrances such as Money Drawing, Lotto, Love Incense, etc. the authentic scents include the Nag Champa, Sandalwood, Rose, Patchouli and the Darshan.

Incense burning does not involve an open flame; however, the container and holder must be able to withstand high temperatures from a combustible source, have insulation and be designed for incense burning. It is a process that must be supervised, a burning stick must never be left unattended, especially when children and pets are present.


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