Monday, December 18, 2017

Aromatherapy Incense

Aromatherapy Incense – The oldest sources we have regarding incense are the Indian Vedas. Egyptians used incense in religious ceremonies and also to counteract unpleasant odors and drive away demons. Use of incense in religion is prevalent in most cultures. Incense is said to have several medicinal effects too. Many earlier civilizations used incense as a herbal medicine for treating health disorders. This has led to the use of incense in funeral ceremonies because the incense can smother the scent of decay.
With their sweet-smelling perfume, many types of incense are considered quite valuable.
Incense during meditation is said to dissipate negative energy. Burning of incense helps to create a positive state of mind and helps condition the mind to associate the typical fragrance with a positive and calm mind. Incense has the power to remove distress and uplift the spirit.

The Composition of Incense
Many spiritual cleansing rites also use incense. Like art or music or culinary delights, connoisseurs appreciate the smells of incense. So what exactly is incense?
Incense is basically composed of aromatic biotic materials. Purists, however, prefer natural incense to anything else and incense made from essential oils over artificially fragrant incense.
Incense made from artificial materials are the cheapest, while incense made from essential oils lie somewhere in between in terms of quality and cost. The plant-derived ingredients include leaves, bark, seeds, fruits, roots, resins, rhizomes and flowers. Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids extracted from plants and are usually aromatic and volatile. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation.
Incense Coils
Also called incense spirals, incense coils are one of the forms of incense. An incense coil is made entirely of incense, without a bamboo core in the middle as seen with incense sticks. With an incense coil, the same amount of incense which would go into a three foot incense stick only takes up nine square inches.
Incense coils this size are not very practical for use in the home, however.
A good illustration of the efficiency of incense coils is that while a three inch coil burns for around three hours, an addition of one inch in diameter will increase burn time eightfold – so a four inch coil will burn for 24 hours!
Some incense coils are marketed specifically as Mosquito incense coils for their ability to keep away those pesky Mosquitoes.
Incense coils can also make a wonderful gift. You can find incense coils packaged as a gift set which will include several different incense coils and an incense burner designed for use with incense coils included.

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