Incense use tips...make your choices de-stress and re-lax safely and in peace our CTC- Vital Spark blog as an introduction to incense sticks and cones, back burners and more.
Incense is used for aesthetic reasons, aromatherapy, meditation, and ceremony. It may also be used as a simple deodorant or insect repellent such as Citronella.Incense is composed of aromatic plant materials, often combined with essential oils.
Direct-burning incense (or "combustible incense") is lit directly by a flame and then fanned or blown out, leaving a glowing ember that smoulders and releases a smoky fragrance. Direct-burning incense is either a paste formed around a bamboo stick, or a paste that is extruded into a stick or cone shape.
Scents, aromas, fragrances can be used to trigger specific responses. For instance; to encourage relaxation, aid sleep, promote concentration, stimulate creativity, increase motivation and heighten sexual desire. In addition, there’s also a whole raft of religious, aesthetic and practical reasons. A further dimension is that specific fragrances or ingredients can be used for specific purposes.
- Relax and unwind
Light some Incense, curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea, a book and some chilled-out music. Alternatively, run a bath and replace candles with an Incense Stick or two. Soft fragrances will further enhance this time, allowing you to give yourself time and space away from the hassles of everyday living.
Frankincense, Sandalwood and Cedarwood are all ‘calming fragrances’, so work well for general relaxation.
- Reduce stress and anxiety
A step up from relaxing – reduce body activities like heart rate and breathing. Also, encourage your mind to stop worrying and racing from one thing to another. Go for the purest and best quality Sandalwoods for this. Lavender and Rosemary are other great choices here too.
Incense is used widely in many religious practices to deepen attention, heighten senses and uplift one’s own spirit when practicing meditation. Traditionally, the passing of time was also measured by the burning of set length incense sticks.
Sandalwoods and Lotus are used most frequently for meditation – but you chose what suits you best. One that transports you to the place you need to be, without taking over your thoughts.
The burning of Incense can act as a doorway to spirituality, formal or informal, recognised religion or secular. Incense is and has been for thousands of years in daily use in many religions of the world – Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
- Types of Burners
The ash catcher – the most common variety of wooden incense holders, these are typically fitted for stick incense, often with a bamboo reed. In essence, this is a flat piece of curved wood with a small hole in the end where the incense stick is placed. Often-times the middle is etched out to catch the ash more effectively. These types of incense burners are available in many different sizes and materials, including steel, ceramic, glass, wood, or stone. Designs may be carved or inlaid with brass into the setting.
Wood Incense Box Burner: A box burner is a versatile ash catcher or boat that often includes an enclosed storage box underneath it. Box burners are typically made of hand-carved wood and come in a variety of colors and finishes. Most are imported from India and include brass hardware and/or decorative elements.
Cone Incense Burners: Cones are designed to burn completely so they should never be burned on unprotected wood. Most wood burners have a metal insert that protects the wood, but are not needed on ceramic and resin ornamental burners.
Backflow Incense Burners present so many decorative options to consider.
Backflow cones have a hole going vertically top to bottom through the center so that the smoke can get pulled down through it into the burner. Conventional incense cones don't have a hole in them.
The smoke cascades downwards because the backflow incense cones have a hole through the middle and the burner has a reservoir for the smoke to flow through. The special backflow incense cones create a thicker and heavier smoke than regular incense smoke does and the central hole creates an atmospheric pressure down draft effect. You absolutely should use the specifc backflow cones for these burners.
There are wonderful designs of backflow burners such as wolves and dragons puffing smoke, cascading waterfalls, volcanoes and fantasy art ornaments, fairy houses, toadstools and many more.