People all over the world have been using herbal incense for many years for religious or spiritual purposes as well as aesthetic and therapeutic intentions. Nowadays, it is still utilized for these reasons and for making a calming mood and relaxing scent to change and improve the feel of a room. Because of its rich and long history and its great reputation among users, herbal incense has developed into a wide range of types, fragrance, shapes and the way it burns.
These days, more and more individuals have realized the latest method to eliminate headache and stress. Herbal incense contains natural ingredients that are also utilized in aromatherapy. This only means that you do not have to spend much money for aromatherapy since you can easily achieve the same results in the comfort of your own home.
The stick type
The stick type of incense is one of the most popular kinds of herbal incense. It is also the most common kind. The gum or resin is used in coating a thin and long stick is made to gradually burn. As the stick burns, a certain scent of spices, essential oils and herbs is released.
The spiral type
This form of incense is available in coil shape. It also burns slowly, which releases the scent that can last for hours or even days. Aside from providing soothing scent, it also offers an aesthetic appeal to every home.
The cone type
This form of incense also contains the same gum or resin utilized in other types of herbal incense. What separates it from the rest is the way it is lit. The cone type is burned at the tip and burns down as it releases smoke and fragrance. It is said that it gives off strong scent because it glows towards the bottom. Because the cone type is big in size, it hardly ever burns evenly. You can burn it and put it out then use it again the next day. After extinguishing, a burning ember is left, which will keep on releasing smoke and fragrance. Therefore, it will still provide a soothing aroma throughout your home.
Herbal incense comes in a wide range of colors and fragrances. These scents are made from various essential oils, natural herbs and spices. You can select one scent or a mixture of two or more ingredients in order to create your preferred scent.
There are probably hundreds of herbs used in incense. Any scented plant can be used in these products and such plants can generate various effects in the body. When selecting a product, it is essential to be knowledgeable about different herbs contained in the product in order to know its effect.
Essential oils generate different moods, feelings and reactions to the body. They are usually used in aromatherapy and since they are natural, you can expect their positive results to your mind and body when used properly.
Different spices have different effects to the body. It is best to do a thorough research in order to know the various effects of the various spices in the herbal incense.