historical route of incense continued to follow the
pathways of civilization. As Greek thought and culture
spread throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, so too
did the use of and enchantment of the incense. For
those inhabiting the fertile lands of the Nile, perfumes
and incense were closely related to eternal life.
Frankincense was a costly gift literally "fit for
a king," while Bitter Myrrh referred to the bittersweet
fate awaiting the messiah. For many years Frankincense
from the Arabian peninsula was actually a more valuable
currency than gold or silver.
was Chinese custom to burn incense at funerals and
during burial processions, a practice that was later
followed in , western European culture. In Japan,
Koh (high quality incense) not only does this effectively
but also has the power to move, comfort and inspire
quality, scent and attribute effects of an incense
are identified by burning a little pinch of the mixture.
Many natural incense ingredients have almost no aroma
until they are heated. Notably, Aloes wood as well
as many other resins have little or no aroma until
they are smoldered over the incense fire. In some
cultures it is taught that Spirits, actually transformed
the incense.The quality of an incense varies significantly
from batch to batch. Adding resins and herbs can change
the scent, quality and attribute effects of an incense.
is also the belief that incense can heal. This is
undoubtedly a much later addition that arose in the
commercialization of incense, primarily in the last
40 years. Somewhere in the areas of Asia stick incense
and cone incenses have their birth. The incense stick
was a simple form of incense powder developed to enjoy
the smell more easily.
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