When we talk about incense, I’m sure that we think about incense cones and sticks using internal bamboo cores. But incense comes in a wide variety of forms and shapes, and burning of incense depends upon the style you are choosing. To ensure proper combustibility, it is important to consider the forms of incense.
Incense has been used for religious, aesthetic and therapeutic reasons. Even until this day, it is still use on the same purposes, and much more on creating atmosphere and scent to enhance the environment of a home. Since the use of incense is continuous, it evolved into many different forms on its scent, shape, and even the way it burns.
The most common form is the incense sticks. It is made of long, thin sticks coated with the gum or resin and burning slowly releasing the fragrance that it has contain. It can be made also without the stick center or core by using a solid chunk of material.
Another form is the spiral or coil incense. It is similar to the stick but it is shaped in a coil. Since it is spiral, the length of time burn is quite longer that may last for hours and even days depending upon the composition. In addition to its fragrant, this offers an interesting form.
In the forms and type describe above, it is the same gum or resin used and this is the incense cones. It is a cone form and stands alone. This differ from the other two forms if incense because it is lit at the tip and burns down, releasing more smoke and fragrance as it burns toward its base. It doesn’t burn uniformly. This leaves a burning ember which continuously releases smoke and fragrance as the cone incense is lit and extinguished.
Another form is sang – incense powder which is made by Bhutan’s oldest incense maker. This contains medicinal grade ingredients which are needed for purification ceremonies. Prized ingredients are also contained in this incense powder to consecrate statues.
Oil incense is the common form especially used in aromatherapy and healing. Usually, this type of incense is made from herbal plants with scented aroma. This combined with essential oils like frankincense. Moreover, oil incense can also be utilized during ritual, spiritual events and meditation.
The original incense of temples, churches and ancient rites was the resin incense. It has mysterious fragrances of myrrh, frankincense, benzoin, copal, pinon, and dragons’ blood resins. Natural resins such as frankincense, myrrh, opponax, and dragon’s blood can be burned alone as incense. It is burned by placing them on a charcoal tablet.
The above forms of incense can help you identify the strength and weaknesses of each kind. There are several factors to consider in choosing the incense forms. And the important is how long it last can that form of incense burned.