Herbal incense has been utilized for hundreds of years all over the world for worship, relaxation, meditation and even as a cure for certain health problems. The great thing about these products is that they come from all natural ingredients. The herbs contain medicinal properties that produce relaxing effect on both body and mind. Incense products are also considered as a safe and cheap way to calm the nerves and eliminate stress after a hard day’s work.
Herbal incense is essential for individuals who have faith in the curative and comforting powers of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy uses all kinds of techniques that infuse aromatic herbal scents into a space in order to stimulate your mental state and provide relaxation especially when you are stressed. According to some researches, it can help improve one’s quality of life and overall health since the smoke it produces have ‘mystical’ abilities that can help ease anxiety, despair and pressure.
Herbal incense contains aromatic herbs that you can easily grow in your own garden. It does not contain any synthetic scents, chemicals or carcinogens. It is best to know more about the common ingredients included in the incense product before making your purchase.
Basically, there are three major groups of ingredients in these products such as combustibles, liquids and solids. The solid ingredients are generally the source of the scent and these include barks and woods, gums and resins, rhizomes and roots, flowers, leaves, seeds, fruits and buds. Common sources are cypress, cinnamon, storax, labdanum, bay, sage, clove, juniper, calamus, saffron, myrrh, star anise, balsam, copal and more.
On the other hand, the liquid ingredients include carrier oils, essential oils, water and alcohol. When these ingredients are mixed with the solids, they make soft dough, which are eventually made into cones and sticks.
The combustibles work as a binding material that combines the liquid ingredients and the solid ingredients together, which allow them to burn. Some examples of combustibles are oxidizer and fuel mixtures that are made from charcoal or wood powder as well as natural binders from plants.
Herbs used for Incense
Wild lettuce is also known as Latuaca, which is a flowering plant that is a member of the Asteraceae species. There are around one hundred types that can be classified as lettuce. The wild lettuce has a milky juice that contains sedative properties.
Damiana is also known by its botanical name Turnera Diffusa. It is native to Mexico, Central America, South America and some areas of the Caribbean. This herb has small aromatic flowers and is part of the Turneraceae family. The leaves of Damiana were utilized for preparing tea and it is said that it contains aphrodisiac properties.
Mugwort is also known as Artemesia Vulgaris. It is also called by different names such as sailor’s tobacco, chrysanthemum weed, wild wormwood, St. John’s plant, old man and felon herb. Mugwort is native to Northern Africa, Europe, Asia and North America.
Nettle is a member of the Urticaceae family, which has around thirty to thirty-five various species. Most of these plants are perennial and herbaceous but there are also some that are annual and shrubby. The leaves from this herb were utilized in making soft drinks in the Northwestern Europe.
Skull Cap is a perennial herb from West Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, New York and Missouri. This herb blooms in thickets, bluffs and woods. According to studies, Skull Cap contains potent anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, nerving, slight astringent and sedative properties, which are great in making herbal incense.