History of burning incense
Burning incense is used today as it has been used for over thousands of years. It has been an important part of human life in many cultures and in everyday life. Its origins lie somewhere in the earliest history of humanity, and probably burning incense is as old as the use of the fire.
It originally served mostly for sacred purposes, but also for atmospheric cleansing and disinfection, cleansing dwellings and houses, to the scenting of dresses and bodies, for the stabilization and suggestion of the physical desire, with meditation and prayer for the stabilization of the spiritual energies and in smoking medicine.
Burning incense was used in all old cultures: In Egypt and Mesopotamia, where they sent scented smoke messages to the Gods. In ancient Greece, it was used also for welfare purposes. In the Orient where a particularly minted scent culture developed - the Arabs are known for their preference for scents and perfumes: Up to the Indian peoples of the Americas, which have a completely special relationship with nature and since many thousands of years until today they still burn incense.
In Asian countries such as India, Tibet, China and Japan burning incense like thousands of years ago is still practiced today. In Japan the tradition of incense has continued to develop and be refined to the highest of scented art. One finds the finest and noblest perfumes (Japanese "Koh") in the world. Similarly also used in the tea ceremony, well-known celebrated still in Japan, the country of the coming up sun, the Koh DO ceremony, "the way of smoking", with which the perfumes master and its guests listen "to the smell together".
Old customs like the “bundling herbs”, with which one burns on nights to the turn of the year – that is the time between Christmas and 6th of January – which burned out and cleansed the houses and stables against demons and spirits.
Incense burning is held also in the Christianity introduction, it is mentioned in the Bible. Catholic services are connected until today inseparably with the smell of incense.
For burning incense one uses aromatic dried plants and plant parts such as resins, Balsam, woods, barks, leaves, needles, roots, blooms and herbs, one places the incense in a fireproof incense burner on special charcoal to slowly burn away. One uses different plants, depends to which purpose one would like to burn it. One knows individual smoking materials for use on an incense burner or how to make incense mixtures.
A modern alternative to burning on charcoal is using an oil burner or incense burners with a sieve. According to the principle of the flavour lamp the smoking materials are put on a fine-mesh filter, under which a tealight burns, and can then completely slowly go out and their fine smell radiate. Less smoke is produced than using incense on charcoal.
Incense sticks, Incense cones and Incense spirals are another popular kind of scents. They are simpler to handle and require not so much time unlike burning on charcoal. Incense sticks and Incense cones are easily carried around and so can be use any time and everywhere, where this is possible, and will create a well-being feeling atmosphere anywhere.
In contrast is aromatherapy, which is the use of ethereal oils of the evaporated plants, the fragrances are slowly released. The fire works as a mediator. The rough material plants are converted by the fire into smoke, which transfers the essence of the plants to the fine-material level. Over the mucous membranes the set free active substances of the plants arrive at the nose "uncensored" directly into the limbic system, the master historically oldest part of our brain, which is responsible for the processing of emotions and instincts and many vital functions like e.g. our stress behavior and the hormones.
The fragrant substances are set free by burning, creating, relaxing, healing, clarifying, strengthening and also cleansing the spirit and soul and increase the well-being.