The name incense is derived from a Latin verb ‘incendere’ which means ‘to burn.’ Herbal incense is a substance that has a mixture of herbs and spices. People with stress, anxiety and other mental issues use herbal incense in aromatherapy for mental and spiritual healing. Of all the methods of mood relaxant, herbal incense is the least expensive and most effective way to deal with any kind of stress and anxiety naturally. The use of herbal incense has been around for centuries. The first use of incense was by Fifth Dynasty in Egypt in 2345-2494 BC. Further use of incense was developed by China followed by Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and Japan. Especially in East Asian Buddhist ceremonies, incense is used in religious rites.
Brief History of Herbal Incense
The first crude form of incense was developed in ancient times; they had incense in its purest form. However, with the passage of time herbal incense evolved greatly and turns into different forms and was used in many kinds of rites and rituals. Our ancestors used herbal incense for the purpose of worship and spirituality. They used herbal incense mainly for religious purposes. In religious ceremonies to ward off evil or negativity, people smudge (burn) the herbs and resins such as tobacco, sage or cedar, etc. The remaining charred of these incense rubbed on the body to protect against evil spirits.
Many cultures and religions still burn herbal incense in religious ceremonies to create a positive aura. When we come to know that the significance of herbal incense is not only spiritual but also therapeutic and medicinal people began to use it in aromatherapy or just to provide a sweet smell to their homes to enhance the mood. Whether you are performing a spiritual worship or using it personally it can help in clearing negative energies and increase focus during meditation. The most useful and common types of incenses are amber, ginger, cedar wood, cinnamon, jasmine, frankincense, lavender, musk, myrrh, lotus, vanilla, opium, nag champa, sandalwood, patchouli and rose.
Significance of Herbal Incense in Spiritual Domain
The key to unlock the doors of spiritual realms is the use of herbal incense. One of the most holy events in history the coming of The Magi, the Three Wise Men from the East, they brought myrrh and frankincense as a gift for the birth of Jesus Christ. The use of herbal incense can provide you spiritual healing, the type you choose depends upon your purpose. Especially if you are working towards a specific goal such as for spiritual cleansing and purification Sage or Cedar is the best option. If you want to enhance your meditation or clear your mind then Lotus, Frankincense, Myrrh and Jasmine are the best.
The metaphysical properties of herbal incense though not scientifically proven but has satisfied many people from the beginning of history. For instance Lavender is used in spell work and ritual for serenity, protection and spiritual purification. As fragrance has proven to have great effects on emotional state and memory many practitioner believes that the incenses made from natural materials carries earthy energy of the plant that helps in purifying the spiritual domain of an individual.