Incense is widespread in many countries and has an ancient tradition. In the past, incense was used for ritual customs. These include: embalming the body with fragrances at ceremonial church masses or for cleansing the house. When incense is burnt, various parts of plants, such as tree resins, are burnt and the scents contained in the resin are released. Each scent influences people positively or negatively. We find the scents emanating from incense very pleasant and relaxing.
The composition of the various incense resins is recruited from a compilation of the most popular varieties. The very different scents range from sweet to spicy to tart.
Where does the incense come into its own or where is it used?
The tradition of incense is mainly used during the cold and dark season. Our ancestors used certain incenses with herbs or resins on all important occasions during the year.
These included personal occasions such as birthdays, annual national festivals, marriage or death. For this ritual, they sprinkled dried herbs and incense on a glowing coal and thus carried the fragrant smoke through the house or homestead. With this ceremony, people at that time believed that incense would protect them from illness and evil demons. The most important days for the ceremony are Christmas Eve - New Year's Eve - and the night before the feast of the Three Wise Men.
What is the effect of incense?
There are differences between aromatherapy and incense. In aromatherapy, the essential oils evaporate, whereas in incense burning, the incense slowly glows. In incense burning, the fire acts as a mediator, so to speak. Due to the fire, the coarse plant components are transformed into smoke.
This then transfers the essence of the plants to a subtle level. Via the mucous membranes in the nose, the released active substances of the plants travel quasi uncensored directly into the limbic system, the oldest part of our brain, which is responsible for processing instincts and emotions and controls vital functions such as hormone balance and stress behaviour.
Luxflair offers copal, myrrh and frankincense as incense. Incense is easy to dose and use. Depending on the application, the right resin can be chosen. Ultimately, everyone gets their money's worth.