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The History of Incense

Updated: Oct 2, 2023



Incense is a fragrant material that is burned to produce a pleasant smell. It has been used for centuries for religious, medicinal, and decorative purposes.


The earliest evidence of incense use dates back to 6000 BC in Mesopotamia. Incense was burned in temples and other sacred spaces, and it was also used to ward off evil spirits. Incense was also used in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.


Incense was introduced to China in the 1st century AD, and it quickly became popular. Incense was burned in Buddhist temples and other religious places, and it was also used in traditional Chinese medicine.


Incense was brought to Europe by the Arabs in the 8th century AD. It quickly became popular, and it was used in churches and other religious places. Incense was also used in European households to create a pleasant smell and to ward off insects.


Incense use declined in Europe during the Protestant Reformation, but it remained popular in Catholic countries. Incense use also continued in China and other parts of Asia.


Incense use has seen a resurgence in recent years. It is now used in a variety of settings, including yoga studios, spas, and home fragrance. Incense is also used in aromatherapy, which is the practice of using essential oils to promote physical and emotional well-being.


Here are some of the most common types of incense:

  • Stick incense: This is the most common type of incense. It is made from a blend of fragrant woods, resins, and spices. Stick incense is burned on a charcoal disk or in an incense holder.

  • Cone incense: This type of incense is made from a paste of fragrant materials that is shaped into a cone. Cone incense is burned on a charcoal disk or in an incense holder.

  • Powder incense: This type of incense is made from ground fragrant materials. Powder incense is burned in a special burner that heats the powder and produces smoke.

  • Pellet incense: This type of incense is made from small pellets of fragrant materials. Pellet incense is burned in a special burner that heats the pellets and produces smoke.

  • Oil incense: This type of incense is made from essential oils. Oil incense is burned in a special burner that vaporizes the oil and produces a fragrant smoke.

  • Granule Incense: This type of incense is usual made from sea salt and soaked in essential oils. Granule Incense is burned in the well of a burner that vaporizes the oil that soaked into the granules to release the fragrance.

The benefits of incense:

  • Incense can help to create a relaxing and calming atmosphere.

  • It can help to improve mood and reduce stress.

  • It can help to boost creativity and focus.

  • It can help to cleanse the air and remove negative energy.

  • It can help to promote sleep.

  • It can be used for aromatherapy.

The safety of incense:

Incense is generally safe to use, but it is important to use it in a well-ventilated area. Incense smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, so it is important to avoid breathing in too much smoke. It is also important to keep incense away from children and pets.


I hope this blog post has given you a brief overview of the history of incense. It is a fascinating and diverse topic, and there is much more to learn about it. If you are interested in trying some incense, I encourage you visit the simmering granules section on my website to view the complete range I stock.

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CH_Hair
CH_Hair
04 wrz 2023

I didn't know they was so many different forms of incense! fantastic blog post!

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