Herbal Incense is defined as a natural substance which is required to heat at high temperature in order to release and spread its perfume. Made from various ingredients like fragrant herbs, powders, resins and essential oils scents put out by incense are strong enough and have the ability to mask many undesirable smells. Moreover, it is to be noted that the term incense refers to the substance itself, rather than to the odor that it produces.
Today, many religious ceremonies & spiritual purificatory rites employ incense and are also used in medicine. The forms taken by incense have changed in past few years with the advancment of technology and differentiates in the underlying culture & diversity in the reasons for burning them. Meant different things to the different peoples it would be tough task to form an all-inclusive list of the ways in which incense has come to be used.
Herbal Incense According to Indian ayurveda, premium quality herbal incense helps in enhancing health, inducing inspired thoughts and also creates a peaceful state of consciousness. As per Buddhism, incense is considered to be the most vital part of their meditative practice and is designed to keep bothersome insects from distracting the practitioner.
However, Indian incense can be broadly divided into two categories: Masala and Charcoal.
Masala: Masala incenses are made by blending several solid scented ingredients into a paste and then rolling that paste onto a bamboo core stick. These incenses usually contain little liquid scents which can evaporate over time.
Charcoal: Charcoal incenses are made by dipping an non-perfume stick into a mixture of perfumes and essential oils. These blanks contain a binding resin that actually holds the sticks' ingredients together.
Effective for creating magical or meditation spaces no wonder the practice of burning incense fragrances is so popular. Characterized by its rich blend of purity and simplicity incense truly epitomize the richness of our ancient tradition.