Incense has been burned by people, on altars and in homes for over 5,000 years. In ancient times it was a feature of sacrificial religious ceremonies. It was used in early Judiasm and, later by the Romans for religious and state ceremonies. Incense was also used by most Asian religions, the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox churches.
There are four basic types of incense – powder, cone, cylinder or stick. They are built from fragrant materials, usually consisting of aromatic gums and spices that produce a fragrant smoke when burned. Scent choices come from berries, bark, flowers, gums, roots, leaves, seeds, spices, and wood. Some herbs do not burn like they smell. There lies the skill of the incense artist – Fred Soll®.
Today many people are searching for natural remedies for stress and illnesses. Aromatherapy, although a modern term, has been used for thousands of years for healing. Scientists have shown that many plant essences can produce a calm, relaxed state of mind. Herbs are commonly used to treat the symptoms of PMS and depression.