What is the Historical Tradition of Using Incense?
Incense is an aromatic resin obtained from the Boswellia tree that grows throughout Asia and Africa.
Incense is one of the oldest fragrances and is known to most of us from church incense ceremonies. The incense route leading from southern Arabia to the Mediterranean is one of the oldest trade routes in the world. Due to its properties in Egypt, it was used to embalm mummies. Incense has its application not only in aromatherapy, cosmetics, massage, and religious ceremonies but also in healing.
What is the Healing Effect of Incense?
In Ayurvedic medicine, Indian incense (Boswellia Serrata) has been used for hundreds of years to treat arthritis, healing wounds, strengthen the female hormonal composition, and protect against pathogenic microorganisms. According to Ayurveda, daily burning incense at home brings good health to all household members.
Incense has long been used in the Near East to maintain oral health. People, there have a habit of chewing incense resin, which improves the health of teeth and gums – because of its antimicrobial properties, incense prevents infections.
What are the Healing Properties of Incense?
- The active medicinal ingredients of incense are sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes, diterpenes, and Boswellia acids that do not cause side effects.
- Incense improves circulation and blood flow through vessels damaged by inflammation which further helps joints at risk of arthritis. Its powerful anti-inflammatory action also helps with Crohn’s disease and cysts.
- Incense extract, incense acetate, has been confirmed to reduce neurological damage, relieve depression and tension, prevent vascular disease, and reduce bad cholesterol.
- In aromatherapy, incense is used to relieve stress, tension, hysteria, and depression.
- Massage and bath with incense oil greatly help with menstrual pain and inflammation of the bladder.
- Incense oil therapy has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system and relieves bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, frequent colds, and allergies.
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Recommended tips for using Incense!
- Drip a few drops of oil on your hand and inhale them several times a day or inhale incense tincture (1 teaspoon per liter of hot water).
- This plant is also exceptional for skincare – it helps with acne, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, and wounds.
- Recent toxicological studies have confirmed that incense extracts are safe for both external and internal use.
- Do not use incense if you are taking blood thinners, suffer from high blood pressure, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.
- You must not use pure incense oil, it must be diluted in base oil or water.
Interesting facts about Incense if you didn’t Know?
- Incense and its products are imported from India today. Incense resin is used for treatment, which is collected throughout the year.
- Tinctures, oils, creams, and incense-based food supplements are prepared from the resin.
- Eatable incense must be transparent without black or brown dots. It is usually slightly yellowish with a hint of a greenish color and is chewed like chewing gum.
- You can also use incense in capsules for internal use.
- You can look for incense in herbal pharmacies and health food stores.
Incense is a gift that we should not reject because the historical tradition of using incense speaks in its favor.
Wrote – Biljana Nikolic Yoga Therapy Teacher 500 RYT
Text translation Ana Manasijević Kosher
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