This is a guest post by Melisa Marzett
Negative from improper use of odors can be accidental and deliberate. Do not burn incense sticks unsystematically. You need to know how to choose incense. After all, the types of aroma sticks, and the place of their production, and the appearance, and especially the composition of incense, matter.
In the structure of Indian, Thai, Malay, Ceylon, Burmese incense, many famous herbs are found. Their effects can be dangerous. For example, basil should be used with moderation. Its spicy, warm, and bitter aroma is contraindicated for pregnant women and hypersensitive people. The resinous and velvety aroma of cedar (aroma-surgeon, pulmonary antiseptic) is also undesirable to expectant mothers and dangerous with simultaneous cancer chemotherapy. “Overdose” of lavender provokes miscarriages.
Flavors should match temperament. For example, coconut, cinnamon, cloves, orange, violet are undesirable to sharp choleric. Smells of lavender and sandalwood can make melancholic people even sadder.
With nervous excitability, you should not use Tibetan incense with herbs of myrrh, Tulsi, lemongrass, bergamot. On the contrary, with drowsiness, you will be even more lulled by an orchid, violet, chamomile, lemon balm.
The composition of incense and types of joss sticks
Base plus filler oil is how incense looks. The base is coal and consisting of a mixture of shavings and plants ground into dust (the so-called “masala”). This explains the types of aroma sticks. The first is always full black. The second is beige or brown. It is wrong to think that dark sticks are chemical, and lightened ones are natural.
The coal base burns without smell, but with mass smoking, it is dangerous with a large number of released substances. Masala adds its scent to the aroma of smoking incense. Harmlessness depends on the quality of “masala,” and the threat is present in cheap perfumed “chemical” oil.
How to make sticks? The base can be applied on a thin bamboo brush. If the sliver was not used, then the burning bamboo will not bring smoke into the surrounding space. Tibetan sticks are deprived of the bases, and similar products of their combustion and all Tibetan formulas contain neither toxic nor narcotic substances.
Incense exhibits various forms, such as cones. Sometimes they are like plasticine due to the mixing of honey and oil. Part of the incense is loose. Among the Chinese goods, you can find barrels, baskets, and aroma spiral. The latter should turn clockwise, forming a “pillar of energy.”
Called not to burn, but to smoke
However, how to choose aromas, you should know how to burn and extinguish incense properly. The sticks do not light but heat. Touching the flame, they are extinguished and smoldering, emitting smoke. If you “go too far” with the amount of “charms,” smoke can cause a headache. However, the worst thing is incense-fakes, where diethyl phthalate is used as a perfume.
In cramped rooms, one aroma stick is burned in several steps. An intense concentration of odors can cause dizziness. Caustic substances irritate the respiratory system and provoke diseases. In the smoke, there is a place for polyaromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, carbonyl compounds. Long-term regular inhalation of smoke provokes cancer. Occasionally inhaling incense in non-residential (non-sleeping) well-ventilated areas is harmless.
Some religious sources say that incense cannot be extinguished. If you also think so, cut the wand into pieces and ignite in turn, with a break.
How to make incense at home
Incense is mentioned in ancient Indian chronicles. The Mahabharata was written more than five thousand years ago, and it mentions the use of incense sticks and candles. Incense is used not only to create an unforgettable atmosphere in the house but also during medical procedures and various magic rituals.
Many centuries ago, incense was worth its weight in gold. It was a costly and valuable gift.
Nowadays, incense and incense sticks can be bought in specialized stores and shops. However, all of this can be made independently. How to make incense with your own hands without leaving your home.
First of all, you should buy good scales, because to create incense you need a very accurate dosage.
Mortar with a heavy pestle is also useful to turn some solid ingredients into a powder.
It is undesirable to use household appliances for these purposes because it can fail very quickly.
Viscous fractions (for example, resins) are frozen before grinding, which allows them to be ground into a powder and some substances, such as cinnamon sticks, are very solid, so in such cases, you can use the finished powder.
Peel the citrus peel off with a fine grater.
And fresh herbs and flowers can be chopped with a knife or using a blender.
The basis of all aromatic compositions are mixtures of combustible substances. This is, as a rule, crushed coal or powder from certain types of wood. Also included are various oils and wood resins.
Different aromas affect the human body in different ways. For example, aloe vera is a potent antiseptic. Almonds evoke sexual energy. The aroma of apple helps relieve depression. The smell of chocolate improves mood. Cinnamon stimulates blood circulation, while hyacinth scent heals insomnia. The scent of eucalyptus can scare away many insects.
All crushed fractions to create an aroma are mixed in a bowl, and water is added drop-wise. The mixture must be mixed until a firm dough is obtained. At this point, essential oil is added.
There is a little secret on how to make incense. Natural odors of resins should be in harmony with essential oil.
One of the most inexpensive incense recipes will be a mixture of wood aloe, myrrh, and cinnamon oil and some combinations include several dozen different ingredients.
All formulations should always be stored in tightly closed jars or containers.
Where and how to use incense is possible and necessary? All aromas can conditionally be divided into several groups.
Protective incense helps restore the aura and protects against energy vampirism.
Stimulants improve memory, as well as give energy and increase performance.
Adaptogens normalize the nervous system.
Well, soothing incense is used to relieve stress and depression.
Also, in favor of making incense at home is their naturalness. Factory mixtures often include synthetic ingredients, and when they are used, toxic substances are released. We also saw how easy it is to make incense at home.
You can create various aromas according to ready-made recipes, but it is much more interesting to invent your own unique and original aromas by mixing ingredients in multiple proportions.
About the authorMelisa Marzett is a freelance writer who is currently working for Professional Writing, writing articles on various subjects. Her areas of expertise vary as long as she is a well-rounded person who is curious by nature living in the moment. She enjoys communication with people of different background, life experience, and cultural heritage, and not a day goes by where she does not read and drop a few lines on anything.