Incense is one of the oldest fragrances in the world. This fragrance is an aromatic resin derived from Boswellia wood that grows throughout Asia and Africa. The Sultanate of Oman on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula is called the “Land of Incense” (the name for the protected sites on the incense road in the province of Dhofar in Oman). The incense tree experienced world fame. It is mentioned in old history books. In the Dhofar region in southern Oman along the border with Yemen, incense has always been known. This plant is used as an aromatic fragrance for room cleansing and a therapeutic ingredient (for the treatment of some diseases). Incense is a symbol of life. For the inhabitants of Dhofarat- incense is life. It is not an ordinary tree but the embodiment of culture and history and sociological and geographical characteristics. Many ancient cities and civilizations have traded incense for centuries. Among them are Samahran and Khawr Rawri who traded incense and exported incense to various parts of the Arabian Peninsula 1000 years before the new era. Omani researcher and historian Abdul Qadir bin Salim Al Ghassani mentions Alexander the Great in his book Dhofar, the Land of Incense. Historian Al Ghassani says of Alexander the Great that he imported large quantities of incense from the territory of Arabia. According to some sources, incense purified the throne of King Solomon.
Incense has always been a valuable scent. This fragrance was traded as far back as 5000 years ago in the Arabian Peninsula and in North Africa. The Incense Route goes from southern Arabia to the Mediterranean. It is one of the oldest trade routes in the world. In Egypt, incense has been used to embalm mummies. treatment.
10 medicinal properties of incense
- Indian incense (boswellia serrata) is used in Ayurvedic medicine. For thousands of years, it has been useful for treating arthritis, healing wounds, strengthening the female hormonal system and protecting against pathogenic microorganisms.
- Daily incense smoking in the home brings good health to all household members – says Ayurveda.
- Incense has long been used in the Middle East to maintain oral health. People there have a habit of chewing incense resin (improves the health of teeth and gums). Due to its antimicrobial properties, incense prevents infections.
- Incense is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties in the West.
- The active medicinal ingredients of incense are sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes, diterpenes and boswellic acids.
- Boswellic acids are the most important ingredient in incense. They have a strong anti-inflammatory effect. They effectively relieve pain caused by arthritis and do not cause side effects.
- Incense improves circulation and blood flow through vessels damaged by inflammation which further helps arthritis-prone joints. Powerful anti-inflammatory action helps with Crohn’s disease and cysts.
- Some research has shown that incense can also help treat several types of cancer – malignant melanoma, bladder cancer and brain tumors.
- It has been confirmed that incense extract (incense acetate) reduces neurological damage, relieves depression and tension.
- Incense prevents vascular disease and reduces bad cholesterol.
Incense in aromatherapy and skin care
In aromatherapy, incense is used to relieve stress, tension, hysteria and depression.
Massage and bath with incense oil greatly help with menstrual cramps and bladder inflammation.
Incense oil therapy has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system. Relieves bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, frequent colds and allergies.
Drizzle a few drops of oil on your hand. Inhale several times a day or inhale incense tincture (1 teaspoon per liter of hot water).
It is believed that incense can stop snoring – for this purpose it is necessary to lubricate the neck, chest and area around the nose with incense oil.
This plant is exceptional for skin care – it helps with acne, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and wounds. Thousands of years of use of incense have not noticed any significant side effects.
Recent toxicological studies confirm that incense extracts are safe for external and internal use.
Do not use incense if you are taking blood thinners, suffer from high blood pressure, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Pure incense oil should always be diluted in base oil or water. Pure incense oil should not be used.
Incense products and preparations
Incense and incense products are now imported mostly from India. Incense resin is used for treatment, which is collected throughout the year. Tinctures, oils, creams and incense-based food supplements are prepared from the resin.
Edible incense must be transparent without black or brown spots. It is usually slightly yellowish with a hint of greenish color. They chew like chewing gum.
Incense in capsules can be used for internal use.
You can buy or make homemade Boswellia tincture. Pour 80% alcohol over the incense resin.
Resin or incense sticks are used to clean / smoke the home.
Look for incense and its preparations in herbal pharmacies and health food stores. Incense is also available for shopping on small shops inside or next to most churches.