We all love incense. There’s just something sacred about lighting it, and – as it begins to glow that deep, comforting, primal orange-red – watching the smoke start to swell outwards and upwards in sensual, fragrant waves. As it permeates your space, and your environment becomes steeped in its cleansing, healing fragrance, the very room feels as though it has taken a great big sigh – transformed into a sanctuary once more.
Incense vs. Resins
Most of us are familiar with the ubiquitous incense stick; they seem more accessible and easier to use. But as incense resins are coming out of the woodwork (so to speak), becoming more readily available, are longer lasting, more potent and – to be honest – pretty straightforward to use in a few, simple steps, one could argue that they are more effective. Perhaps the superior choice.
Incense sticks are made, mainly, in two different ways:
Raw materials – where frankincense, for example, is pulverised and mixed with a plant-derived adhesive substance. This is a rather labour intensive method but makes for a more authentic product.
Perfume oil and sawdust – there are more or less pleasant varieties of this, but they can irritate the throat and in instances where chemicals are used in the perfume, may leave a bad after-smell hanging in the air and be harmful to your health.
Resins are the real deal; a raw material, straight from source. Resins are literally, hardened secretions of plants, from the heart of Mother Nature herself. What could be more authentic than that?
Frankincense and Myrrh, for example, date all the way back to their first use by the ancient Egyptians as part of religious ritual. They used to be worth more than their weight in gold. The different types of resins release different scents when burned and will produce a particular feel or environment, so it is important to choose yours wisely, depending on the effect you wish to have. All are beneficial in some way.
Now onto Frankincense and Myrrh; the two most well-known resins used as incense in the west. Here, we list a few 100% African varieties – all healing on a physical, emotional and spiritual level and deliciously aromatic!
Frankincense incense resin
Harvested by semi-nomadic people of Ethiopia, this exotic Ethiopian resin is a fragrant treat that seeps from the bark of African trees. Sacred to many, frankincense is an African medicine and incense that purifies places, bodies and minds. Frankincense is the best medicine for House cleansings. It has been used as incense in sacred rituals throughout the ages. It is often used to cleanse places of negative energies as it creates a sacred and peaceful atmosphere and relaxes the body and mind. Collected for time immemorial in cultures across the world to be used as medicine, perfume and incense. Healing and calming effects.
Harvested from the bark of boswellia sacra trees. This particular variety has a citrus like, warm and intense, with balsamic tones. Ayurvedic practitioners use it to help balance women’s hormones, and it can aid in digestion when chewed like gum. Tinctures are made to speed wound healing.
Harvested from the bark of African boswellia rivae trees. This particular variety of Frankincense has a sweet, warm and aromatic scent. Said to purify the air, thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Myrrh Incense Resin
The African plant known as Commiphora exudes this precious myrrh resin, hand harvested in the warm lowlands of southern Ethiopia. Myrrh is an aromatic blessing from dry African earth that echoes the desert’s mystery and timeless beauty traditions. Relaxing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sweet-smelling, it is used for grounding and relaxing. It is also used to cleanse places of negative energies. Uplifts the spirits and evoke a sacred sense of calm and it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to boot. High in antioxidants and 100% natural, it is helpful for skin infections such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, weeping eczema, bedsores, boils, carbuncles, and acne. Excellent for oral health added to natural mouth washes. To create a sacred calm and happy balance: Myrrh contains compounds that can affect your emotions and produce many important happy hormones in your body. Burned as an air purifying agent, clears and lifts the mood.
Taken from the Commiphora Myrrh plant, this variety has a bitter-sweet fragrance, very grounding and good for spiritual practices.
Taken from the Commiphora Guidotti plant, this myrrh is sweet smelling, with warm, fruity undertones.
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