Handmade Incense

Handmade IncenseIncense is hand rolled – who knew? Those mini cones of different scent in a small cone to deliver quality natural scent of fruits, tea blends, and flowers. Oh yes, some roots as well! Some essential oils are used in the making of this incense.  After all, who can pass a great stick of Sage or Lemon grass!

Incense is freshly hand rolled and sun baked for elemental energy. In the history, there is also a ritualistic image of incense. The ritualistic incense was developed in China, which then transmitted to Korea, Japan, and Philippines. This incense has an invaluable role in the Buddhist ceremonies and rites as well as the Taoist of China and Shinto shrines of Japanese. A network of maritime routes linked the incense routes and ports of South Arabia and Somalia with ports in the Persian Gulf and India in the east, and to ports on the Red Sea, from which goods like incense was transported overland to the Nile and then to Alexandria. The network of routes said to be served as a channel for trading of Indian, Arabian, African, and East Asian goods. The incense trade flourished from South Arabia to the Mediterranean between roughly the Third Century and the Second Century. In the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, it is very common to see the Antique Turkish Ottoman Empire Brass Incense Burners in Antiques Selections.

Myrrh, a reddish-brown resinous material collected from the dried sap of certain trees, was a product traded along the Incense Route. The original myrrh species is Commiphora myrrh, which is native to Yemen and the eastern parts of Ethiopia. The related Commiphora Gileadensis, native to Israel, Palestine and Yemen is now accepted as an alternate source of Myrrh. Myrrh has been traditionally used by many cultures as a perfume, incense, medication, or embalming ointment. Myrrh originated from the Arabian Peninsula, where the gum resins were first collected. It was also used to fumigate wine jars before bottling, and as a luxurious flavoring for wine.

In actually incense is used because it creates spiritual atmosphere to mask unpleasant odors.  The word “incense” originated from the Latin word “incendere” which means, “to burn”. The composition is of gum resins from aromatic trees, which are imported from the Arabian and Somali coats. Some of the incense, you can find as favors are: Jasmine, Aloe, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Chocolate, Strawberry, Apple, Violet, Lavender, Green Tea, White Tea, Roobius Chai, Vanilla, Bamboo, Tullip, Rose, Amber, Sandalwood

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