Incense burning, a purification practice that has been maintained for centuries in many parts of the world, is used today both for energy cleaning and for its pleasant scent. In the East, the use of incense (or frankincense from the Arabic name) was preferred due to its healing properties. Although it was not known where and when it was first used, burning incense was preferred because it was believed to banish evil spirits and collect good energies.
In addition to burning various herbs or pieces of wood together, it is also common practice to heat the water dripped with herbal essences slowly in the censer to spread the scent. While incense practices where plants are directly burned are common in the West, it is seen that practices where plants are combined in special ways or mixed with water vapor are common in the east. Incense has a great place especially in the polytheistic Pagan and Shaman beliefs.
In the Torah and the Bible, there is information about the use of plants such as myrrh, diary and aloe vera by making incense. It is also known that incense made with ingredients such as frankincense, sandalwood, cedar, cinnamon, saffron, lemon peel, gypsophila seed, peganum has been used for centuries. Today, incense, in which herbs are powdered and prepared in the form of sticks, is quite common. Likewise, it is often preferred to warm the herbal aromatherapy oils, which are dropped into a little water in censer, slowly with a small candle to spread the scent around.
A scientific study about incense researchalso revealed that natural fragrances are beneficial for our health.
A study entitled “Medical Incense” published in the journal Jourbal of Ethnopharmacology has scientifically proven the benefits of incense, which has been known for centuries. Noting that smoke directly affects the brain like some drugs, the research focused on incense burning practice information collected from 50 countries in 5 continents. As a result, it has been proven that certain herbal incense positively affects lung, brain and skin functions. It has also been revealed that passive fumes also act as a kind of air cleaner.
Another one made the following year research pointed out that incense burning functions as a powerful antiseptic. It was revealed that burning traditional medical incense for one hour in an environment where the bacterial population in the air was examined, reduced the amount of bacteria floating in the air by around 94%. The effect in the room, whose air was cleaned in 1 hour, was effective for 24 hours. Noting that up to 1800 types of bacteria can exist in the air in the environments we live in in the modern world, the researchers suggest that natural incense applications should be preferred instead of synthetic fragrance products.