Incense is a material that, when burned, releases a fragrance. It is often used in ceremonies, and in fact, it has been referred to as “Holy Smoke.” Other uses of incense include meditation, as well as therapy. Indeed, incense can be quite relaxing and good for mind, body, and soul. Incense is, of course, referring to the plant material that makes up the item rather than the smoke that is produced once incense is burned. It can be found in two different forms – Indirect-burning as well as direct-burning. The form known as indirect-burning incense is not capable of being burned on its own and needs a heat source in order to give off the aroma that incense is known for.
Incense has been around for thousands of years
The ancient Egyptians used it in order to engage in mystical practices, and one of the oldest incense burners used by this people dates from the 5th century. The ancient Babylonians also used incense and were known to incorporate it when offering up prayers to their oracles. Incense was also used by the Greeks and Romans, and to this day, it carries on a significance that is both holy and sacred.
So where can incense be found?
Of course, incense can be purchased in brick-and-mortar shops, but it is also able to be found using the world wide web. Amazon is a vendor that offers incense for sale (www.amazon.com) and products with this website are able to be purchased at a decent price. You would not get a very high quality incense there. The most famous joss sticks I got from Germany. There it is called “Räucherstäbchen“. What a funny name. However it is woth the shipping cost to the US…
Brick-and-mortar shops are great for those who would rather pick up incense and take it home than order online and have to wait a few days for delivery. Incense can be found at Walmart, Walgreens, and even Dollar Tree for an excellent price. Of course, you can find incense at shops where spiritual items are sold, such as Earthbound.