Information about Incenses

Incense in different cultures
What is incense?
Different types of incense (fragrance groups)
Different forms of incense
Incense in different rooms
Incense in different moods
Incense for different seasons


Historiaa suitsukkeista
The incense, an aromatic fragrance, has been involved in human life since the beginning of the ages. As a human being, a long time very close to nature, he also naturally used its dishes, both corporeal and to help his mental well-being. In fact, it was about 20 000 years ago that only the medicinal plants were able to benefit. Instead, the spiritual, ritual meaning of plants can be traced back to a hundred thousand years. The kick-off of incense was naturally given the invention of fire. Apart from the fact that the fire created heat and safety from the beast, it was invented to burn aromatic plants, as an atmospheric element, as a healing agent and as a source of calmliness. Through the natural medical culture, the use of incense was transferred to Shamaans, who, alongside the herbal medication, continuously recorded information on the use characteristics of different herbs. Because of the precious role of shamans, aromatic plants were gradually becoming a gift from the gods. In this way, the incense also shifted to the religious world; A ritual of incense smoke was seen as prayers up to the heaving force that took requests from people, while cleansing the mind and soul. Similarly, incense is still seen in many religions and their riites, among others, in Catholicism, Buddhist, Jealouly and shintoality.
The important role of incense was subsequently extended to almost all the regions of the early cultures. In times when nations in the east, in the middle, were mainly built on the trade of herbs and spices, it also became a precious substance from incense. Christians remember that Scripture told the gifts of Jesus to the child, one had to be incense, holy smoke, which was not squinted alongside gold. The use of incense stabilics in most cultures is partly part of divine, valuable ceremonial expenditure.

Incense in different cultures

With the expansion of the spice trade, the incense also switched to silence around the east: first from Egypt to Greece, then from Greece to Rome and with great kingdoms again all over the world. In ancient Greece, the incense also gained a foothold in the medical discipline. For example, Hippocrates praising the strength of incense as a healing agent. In Rome, incense was used in turn for self-perfusing: clothes, hair and body. In India, incense gained a very special status, as they were considered to increase human deity, Satteva, and sustain the harmony of this soul. The incense became important into the activities of the temples: The Hindu temples were often made of incense wood and were known as the "House of Fragrances". Also, for example, Kama Sutra notes the incense as one important sensual element, which essentially belonged to the world of sexuality as well.
In ancient China, the scents were considered the elixir of life, while the fire was a purifying element. The incense thus merged these two, and thus kept the good spirits close. Through Buddhism, the tradition of burning incense was also ranged in the 500 century to Japan, where incense was used to lift and control the senses. Even special schools were created for incense, where the use of incense was fought on a Buddhist basis. In Buddhisk, the use of incense has been involved from the outset for several reasons. The Japanese celebrated, among other things, the change of seasons with various incense, and used incense to religiously new levels of spiritualization. The Japanese also divided the incense into two categories: those who were burned for their own enjoyment and those who were sacrificed to Buddha.
Incense in different cultures
Also in other kinds of early cultures, among Indians in North and South America, indigenous peoples used incense in their ceremonies. Over there, the most common drugs were born from herbs such as sage, ceremonial incense, in turn, from tobacco and Tuohs. The Mayans, the Incas and the Aztecs used incense especially for the copal, which the Incas, among others, sacrificed the sun to his God as his greatest gift.
In Arabia, passion for incense spread to every area of life. The incense celebrated family events, such as the birth of a child and weddings, but they were also burned as a track for the evening. In Islamism, the incense played a large part; The mosques were housed in the building of the Prophet Muhammad's favorite incense, Musk, whose scent was freed by the sun while robbing the mosque. The scent of Rose was subsequently an important part of the Islamic culture, when the rose water consisted of the basic element of religious rituals. From the same, the rose-Water of the Crusaders to the West also underlay our own perfume tradition. This tradition reigned in Europe for a long time in Italy. The upper class of the crowd was a perfume shop by all means: The fragrances were added to both gloves and shoes. Even the money used by the elite was perfected. Incense, usually herbal mixtures, were also sold in pharmacies, as people believed that the fragrances were shelted from diseases. In the 1700 century, the popularity of incense and perfume moved from Italy to France, where many towns took the preparation of fine perfumes.
In the 1800 century, modern medicine began to displace the use of incense and separated our eternal medical way into marginal and disparaged phenomena. Only a hundred years later the incense returned to medicine, now under the name "Aromatherapy". In comparison with the early days of mankind, however, the modern man succeeded in the separation of the surrounding nature so that the use of ancient natural herbs no longer seems to be suited to the rhythm of modern life. However, the part of the fragrance used in the senses is one of the oldest areas of our brains, so the fragrances should be of importance to us as a purely biologically. Although our sense of smell no longer determines our survival, the fragrance-filled environment for humans remains important. This can be noticed by the power of fragrances even today; They are capable of evoking thoughts and memories, influencing our emotions and mental well-being, or helping to relax. Today, however, our breathing air is filled with industrial poisonous gases, and the natural fragrance-free world is no longer within reach. However, the gentle scent of incense can create a small fragrance of our world, and give time to calm down as smoke rises to the heights, as in the beginning of our time. So nature can still live near us, enrich our lives, and inspire our senses, if we want.

What is incense?

A incense is usually called an aromatic substance that, when returning, spreads the scent of its surroundings. Actually, the incense is, however, a self-importing substance, not just smoke. Previously, incense products were made from both plants and materials of animal origin, but nowadays all incense are plant-based. Incense can be either resinous, bark, herb, spice or oil. In the process of making, the ingredients are dried and finely chopped into a powder or alternatively mixed into a paste. In general, incense is a mixture of more than one thing, for example, something like a resinous, herb and oil. From parts of the plant to incense can be used almost all roots from the leaves, from seeds to petals and fruit to flowers. As a result, a variety of vegetable blends can be in the world of incense, with hundreds of different kinds, and thus the scale of flavourings is very diverse. To allow combustion, it is necessary to add to the aroma of the mixture a chemical chemical, which usually is salpietaria (potassium nitrate).

Different types of incense (fragrance groups)

Fragrance groups can be divided broadly into six different main groups:
Floral fragrances, as its name suggests, include scented flowers such as lavender, rose, violet, ylang-ylang and jasmine. The aroma of a floral fragrance group covers the entire fragrance scale: ranging from gentle, subtle fragrance to strong and sensual. The floral fragrance is generally sweet and pleasant.
Fruit fragrances include the fragrances of Citronella, apples, orange, coconut and peach. Fruity scents act as incense, mainly for energy and stimulating.
Herbal scents include herb plants such as sage, lemon grass, camomile and Aloe vera, and other herbs. The herbal fragrances are fresh and have very many uses.
Wood fragrances include many forest fragrances. These include, for example, the sandalwood, cedar, pine, Agarwood and Eucalyptus. The wood scent is earthy and soothing. They are widely used in meditation. Blended with fragrances to create a world of wooded aromas.
Resinous scents include strong aromatic resins with a distinctive scent. These include frankincense, myrrh and Dragon Blood, among others.
spicy fragrances include many spices according to their name. For example cinnamon, rosemary and cloves. The assortment of spicy fragrances covers both warm and gentle fragrances. Spicy fragrances are especially suited for the dark evenings of winter.

Different forms of incense

Different forms of incense

Incense can be of many shapes. The most common forms of incense are sticks, cones and spirals. In Japan, the incense tradition also includes the so-called Scented balls. At home, incense sticks are usually made of bamboo wood, which is covered with incense powder. The incense stick can also be made without the bamboo slat, in which case it is called Dhoop incense. Cones and spirals are pure incense paste, which is either pushed on the mold through the cones or twisted to an incense. As a result, incense can also have other forms. In the same vein, the ritual candles of churches, which use an aromatic medium, are also made.
To chassis the incense always needs a fire-safe holder. For each model, optimum platforms have been developed for them. As a rule, sticks require a more modest scaffold than other models; They are by far the most popular incense because of their ease. The advantages of the cones and spirals are in turn, their long burning time.

Uses of incense in different rooms

Living room
The living room is a room where every family member can spend time. In the living room you can lay on the couch, watch TV, listen to music or enjoy other ways. It is also a room that is brought to guests, expressing the personality and lifestyle of his inhabitants. Therefore, the living room must be comfortable and practical, but also elegant and attractive. You should choose the living room incense according to the user and the current activity. For example, children prefer the most fruity fragrances, such as coconut, peach, or apples. For normal everyday use, however, a sure choice is a fine flowery or citrus scent. Violet, for example, works well with Rose. On a hot summer day again, the citrus-fruity scent is preferred, as it brings freshness to the room and gives you the energy.
You should also use the living room for relaxation, especially after a heavy day. For example, sandalwood or jasmine are good scents to release stress quickly. Already the short silence with incense is sufficient and raises energy at the moment of perfect exhaustions. In the evening, the living room can create an atmospheric, pleasant soothing space with deep, warm fragrances or heavy-duty resinous flavourings. For a quiet, calm evening, vanilla is perfect; It is suitable for any earthy fragrance, for example Patchouli. The delight of the winter evenings is the spicy flavors, such as cloves or cinnamon. If there is a fireplace in the living room, it is worthwhile to use it to burn incense. If there is no fireplace, you can create a symbolic fire around the incense.

Incense at dining room

Dining room
Dining is the moment of day when a family or a circle of friends can meet together to spend time after heavy work. It is therefore worthwhile to devote time to food intake properly. Already moving to another state to eat will also help to move to a new, quiet dining after cooking. The dining room is best to be well lit and quite minimalist, as well as its fragrances: So attention focuses on the table itself. Incense can be used well as part of the coverage; In particular, small incense cones are beautiful for someone on the surface set. However, it is only worthwhile to enjoy incense after eating, when you can put a piece or two cones at a time. The small candles, like the cones, are also suited to the ceiling with incense in two or three pieces. Fresh flowers are also suitable, although they are worth taking only one or two on the table. In the garden or otherwise in the middle of nature, the incense is absolutely perfect.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it must be warm and comfortable. The kitchen is also a place where you can socialize with cooking or a cup of coffee; It is a place where people at parties usually gather. Therefore, it is important that the kitchen is clean, neat and well-scenting. Many incense have antibacterial effects, so by burning them the kitchen remains both pleasantly scenting and clean. Pine and Citronella are both the ideal incense for the freshener of the kitchen; Both are also used as a fragrance for many cleaning agents. For example, Eucalyptus, cinnamon and pine are the most suitable fragrance combinations for the kitchen. All scents can also be used individually. When doing food, cleaning or planting herbs for your window glass in the kitchen, you can burn the same incense (however, preferably a little further from the food) and get the work done so feel more comfortable. For this purpose, you should use warm fragrances such as cinnamon, vanilla, or cloves with orange.

No matter whether the aisle is narrow, wide, long or short. It is a transition from one room to another, and it is therefore all the more important to create comfort. In the dark aisle, you should create more light to enlarge space. There are also few but carefully selected objects that create a feeling of space. The smell of incense is worth the dark aisle to choose oranges or bergamot to brightening and elevating the mind. The hard, warm fragrances are obtained with cinnamon and cloves. Myrrh, sandalwood and patchouli make the hallway a calm and valuable entry area for more peaceful occasions.
Incense at hallway
The bedroom is a sanctuary for relaxation: there we get our own peace and there we usually sleep eight hours a day. In that space, therefore, we can calm our minds about the day's events and forget our unfinished work. For this reason, the bedroom is the most opacity place to create it's own atmospheric condition.

This requires among other things, the transfer of all distractingly, untidy, incomplete projects and electronics from the bedroom. The incense is well suited for lemongrass, lavender and sandalwood. In addition to incense, harmony can also serve our other senses: the importance of the colors of the bedroom, the pleasant materials and the candles in the calves is not to be overlooked. You should choose between calm, cool colours; Bright colors can interfere with rest. Since the bedroom is also a place where we can spend time with our partners, the sensual incense suits the bedroom atmosphere as creators alike. A floral fragrance such as jasmine and rose are appropriate to promote intimate life.

Incense at bathroom
The bathroom is the the sky of the scent: after all, it is possible to fill the fragrance from the floor to the ceiling with scented candles and everything that can produce a fragrance. However, the cleanliness of the room itself must be taken care of; For the same reasons as the kitchen, also the bathroom should be cleaned with incense occasionally. Alongside soap, incense and fragrance oils are also excellent for cleansing the body and mind. For a bath They also bring a mood. The bath may be made with a ritual of candles and aroma oils with a massive bath towel, plush slippers and foam-filled soasing soap. The good choices of incense are relaxing fragrances of camomile, garden or lavender. Lavender has been the most popular fragrance of the bathroom ever since the times of the Roman Empire. The refreshing shower is followed by eucalyptus and pine, which keep the mind clear. Ylang-Ylang is exotic and sensual, and is ideal for romantic baths. Wood-based fragrances such as Cedarwood and pine are ideal for saunas.

The terrace or balcony can also be made comfortable with incense. Extra large incense sticks can be used outdoors, for example in flower beds or pots. The cones also fit the outdoors perfectly, as the cone incense produce more smoke than sticks. You should also use different fragrances at different times of the summer. In the middle of summer, the floral jasmine, Rose and lavender are perfect for outdoor spaces; Cinnamon, Patchouli and rosewood are a better fit for the mood in the late-summer. It is also worth collecting lamps, candles and lanterns to create light and comfort for the night of your sitting. For the deportation of insects, incense is downright brilliant, especially because of its scent, but also the by-products of combustion do not appeal to insects. In particular, citrus-based scents such as lemon grass expelling insects most effectively. In the outdoors, the burning of incense is "easier" compared to the interior, as there is plenty of outdoor oxygen available and the scent is more easily sensory.
Incense at outdoors

Incense in different moods

Incense is an effective aid for fatigue; Light, mood-raising fragrances act as an antidote for immunity and exhausted. The fragrances and colors together are even more powerful for the mind-makers. The best refreshing colours are the vibrant greens, the chewing yellows and the crisp turquoise. The incense from the fragrances of citrus fruit are good: lemon raises and gets moving right from the morning, while lime removes stress. The scent of herbs lemongrass raises the mood, bergamot on behalf of the seducing. Wood Fragrances Pine and cypress are help with mental fatigue, while eucalyptus refreshes the mind.

To relax, a human needs to stop, "just be". The inability to relax gradually leads to both insomnia and stress. Neutral colors of the interior, such as soft Lilies, blue and mallows, help to produce a tranquil environment. Baths before sleep will also help. Incense fragrances are the best relaxers. Flower fragrances are good: lavender is a potent relaxer both physically and mentally. Camomile is a good sleeping aid. For non-floral fragrances, Sage is a helping to curb stress-like headaches and myrrh to soothe emotions. Sandalwood, in turn, facilitates tension caused by uncertainty. A good way to relax is to book even 15 minutes of time, ignite an incense and let the soothing fragrances slowly take off the rush and stress.

Energy giving
Feeling powerless is a rather common problem, especially after a long winter, illness or work routine. The colours of the flaming, flaming orange and dark pink will help the energy to return after the heavy season. The fragrances are lightweight, cheerful and spicy flavourings and herbs. In China, ginger is an energy-loving fragrance very popular. Basil in turn removes mental and physical fatigue and cinnamon warms.

Uplifting the mood
Fun, pleasure and good feeling are the foundation of happiness. To recover from melancholy, get cheerful colors and the right fragrances. Sunny yellow, nuanced oranges, bright pink and green are profitable color choices. Citrus fragrances such as orange and citronella increase mood by cleansing. The floral fragrance is reminiscent of the summer days. Bergamot and Lavender balances. Lemon grass and citronella give a sense of hope and promote spiritual healing. Basil, cinnamon and cloves are produced by food herbs and spicy mood-uplifting effects.

Incense for relaxation
It is easy to get lost in the storms of emotion and it happens to all of us. The tranquility starts again from the surroundings. Harmonic, silent colors and soft lighting soothes. Similarly, make relaxing music and floral incense. Lavender calms vigorously and is good for example with Myrrh.

Camomile soothes nerves, balances the mind and removes stress. Sage helps in turn to panic and anxiety. The wood cedar is great for irritation and agression. Frankincense and Cedar wood also help to calm down breathing and mind. The easiest way to calm down is to take the time for yourself, ignite incense and breathe peacefully. Rose is a softened feelings of anger, jealousy, guilt and animality.
Since ancient times, fragrance and sexuality have had a strong connection; The scent has traditionally been a gift of love. In the east, lovemaking was seen as a mysticism experience, and sexual pleasures were compared with art. You can tune your sex with warm pink, deep red and orange, and maroon shades. You should choose Velvet, satin or soft cotton as materials. Candles, soft music and many fragrances are well suited to the seduced mood. Mystic fragrances fit the seductive mood best. The erotic fragrances of Jasmine and rose are for that reason been used in love potions: they release inhibitions and produce fantasies. In addition, Jasmine is known as a growing increase in sexual vivid. From other flowers, ylang-ylang is known for its soothing and seducing fragrance. The exotic scent of the Trees sandal is deeply seductive and provocative. Also patchouli inspires the view, produces erotic recharge and stimulates emotions.

Everyone needs inspiration every now and then. Since the fragrance has a direct effect on the part of the brain that controls creativity, there are incense used to stimulate imagination through the ages. One of the most powerful fragrances is the frankincense, which helps to catch feelings. The aroma is worth the perfect performance to burn preferably in warm and, if desired, combined with inspiring music. If you miss something less intense, eucalyptus is a good, breathing-deepening fragrance that helps you concentrate on creative work. The vanilla-scenting benzoin works similarly and also strengthens the efficacy of other flavourings. Sandalwood in turn helps to get rid of cynicism and promotes the emergence of spontaneous ideas. Also, spicy fragrances help in creative work.

Incense in different seasons

Incense at spring
After a long winter, the nature is on the freshest. The first green plants appear in nature and many scents float in the air. The season's incense follows the natural line: they are clear, clean and intense. Spring is a good time for human to revive its senses. In the spring you should also clean off the winter dust and start from a clean slate. It is assisted by the fragrance of Lavender, sandal, lemon grass, amber and pine. Eucalyptus helps to stop dreaming and concentrate on cleaning. Pine, cedar and Cypress in turn give the mind strength and ease physical tension. As the spring human is also more ready to jump into new things, it is worth the citrus fragrance to favour: they inspire and create a good view, in addition to the spring sun of course. Basil, rosemary and other herb fragrances can also help to break away the lack of motivation and the lazy winter.

Summer is the time of relaxation and consolation. It is a time when you can nurture the sweetness of life and enjoy the warm days. For this reason, summer fragrances are also sweet: fruity, green and floral. Summer is even more full of fragrances; In particular, the air has the scent of the same flowers, which are also favoured in incense. For example, it is worthwhile to have familiar plants in summer food: mint, dill, parsley and chives can be flavoured as aromatic, even though salads. If you go on a trip in the summer, take incense with you: The homely scents prevent the long-lying nasty. Because romance is also a part of the summer, it is not worth forgetting the sensual incense. The romantic moments of summer are well suited for example Jasmine, Rose and ylang-ylang. Citrus incense, like citronella, and lemon grass in turn are suitable for summer evenings, as their tangy scent not only freshens, but also causes insects to stay away. Also strong, slightly citrus vetiver is ideal for summer evenings.

Autumn is the time of morning life, cold days and harvest. The nature breaks out to the colors, but the air is no longer full of flower scent: The leaves are left only by large, sturdy trees. Autumn scent is very gentle and forested for the season. Cedar has a strong rich aroma that creates a pleasant and fresh atmosphere. Cedar is also suitable for eucalyptus and Jasmine. Patchouli and Rosewood are the ideal autumn wood scents; They are also suitable for picking up degenerating autumn days. Sandal helps in turn to prevent painful memories or summer nostalgia from rising to the surface. Despite all the grief, there is also a lot of atmosphere in the guilty bridges. It is worthwhile to feed it by burning incense and candles, and by drying herbs for winter, for example.

Incense at winter
The winter's gentle frost days, bright night skies and natural sleeping shows the beauty of winter. However, demands a great deal of strength to survive the half-yearly cold and dark. Winter is therefore a time of a year. It is a time when there is a chance to close the batteries and spend time with family and friends. In addition to social interaction, the body also needs supportive food, a lot of sleep and something to sustain mental well-being: warm, spicy and saturated scents. For winter evenings, it is worthwhile to try the cloves and cinnamon with orange. Clove is a good winter fragrance, as it is also an antiseptic and thus helps to prevent and treat the disease epidemics of the winter. Similarly, the cinnamon is acting as a strengthening of our immune system. The scents that illuminating the darkness of winter include Rosemary and sage. In addition to its caring qualities, incense are also ideal for many winter atmospheric celebrations. Sweet, spicy sceneries such as chocolate and vanilla are instead suitable for very darkening evenings.

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