According to the first meaning included in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ), a incense is a gomorresin from certain trees that, when burning , detaches a particular aroma . The gomorresinas, in turn, are fluids that are inside some plants and that, when in contact with the air, solidify.
He male incense is he who distills from tree Natural way. He female incense Instead, it flows by incision. Male incenses are purer and have a superior quality compared to female incenses.
The most common use of the term incense, however, specifically refers to a combination of resinous elements which, when burning, emanates a pleasant smell. Incenses, in this framework, are aromatic products that are used to perfume a ambient or with ritual purposes .
An incense usually contains gum-resins mixed with essential oils . In the Antiquity , countries as Japan and China they resorted to incenses to worship their divinities. Pre-Columbian peoples, such as aztecs and the mayan , they also burned incenses as an offering to the gods and even for therapeutic purposes.
Many religions They are still using incenses. Catholics and Buddhists, for example, light these products in certain acts.
It is possible to differentiate between combustible or direct burning incenses and the non-combustible or indirect burning incenses . The direct burning incenses they are located in a censer, where they are lit. Thanks to the ventilation, the to Rome it spreads. These incenses can be found in cone, cylinder, as rods or in the form of a spiral.
The indirect burning incenses , on the other hand, they are placed on a hot plate or on carbon burning. They are sold powdered, in paste or whole.
Among the objectives that can lead a person to use incense in their home are the decor and the regulation of odors and aromas. In addition, aromatherapy is an ideal resource to treat depression, to deal with those stages in which the mood is especially low. While it is normal to buy these products in stores or from street vendors, there are many people who prefer to embark on the adventure of manufacturing them on their own.
With the right combination of natural ingredients, it is possible to make an incense that has nothing to envy the commercial. Another advantage of process Homemade is that we can choose the fragrances that we like the most, instead of just buying the ones that sellers have available.
Let's see below the steps to make fireproof incense, which is manufactured without saltpeter (a chemical that is included in the other types to ensure that it does not go out). The rods, for example, require the inclusion of saltpeter. First, the ingredients:
* a part of gum arabic;
* four parts of wood coal or sawdust;
* two parts of aromatic powder, spices or crushed herbs;
* Honey, wine or vegetable oil.
To this list we must add two materials necessary: waxed paper and a mortar. The first step is to place the coal or sawdust, as we have chosen, in the mortar and combine it with the aromatic ingredient. Next, we must sift them until a fine powder is obtained. Add the liquid and gum arabic and pass everything to a large bowl, where you can knead the mixture with your hands until it hardens.
We put the waxed paper on a surface flat and knead the pasta to create long cylinders, which we will cut and mold into small cones. Finally, we wrap them with paper and let them dry for at least two weeks before using them.