Resin incense has been used for centuries by many cultures for religious, ceremonial and recreational purposes. Some of the most well known forms of resin used for incense are frankincense and myrrh, which were first used by the ancient Egyptians and were once worth more than their weight in gold.
There are many reasons that we love resin incense, one being the "classic" nature of burning incense in this form. Resins are natural incenses that do not contain any additives, and are just as effective now as they were when used by the ancient Egyptians. Another wonderful characteristic of resin incense is that you can intuitively customise your experience by mixing two or more resins, and allowing them to burn together.
The aroma and energy of these powerful and highly concentrated sources are released when they are burned, most commonly on a small piece of charcoal. While some burn resin incense purely for their ancient fragrances, others use them as a central part of their rituals and ceremonies. Each resin holds different properties and, therefore, they are used with different purposes in mind.
Frankincense resin is found in trees in the Middle East and North Africa, where it gathers energy from the hot desert sun and eliminates negativity. It is renowned for the sacred atmosphere that it creates, helping to enhance meditation as it has the ability to make one more aware of the spiritual realms. It has been used to deepen experiences during religious rituals for thousands of years and is best known by Christians, as well as myrrh, as one of the precious gifts offered by the three wise men to Jesus shortly after he was born.
Myrrh also comes from the Middle East and North Africa, and the thorny flowered shrub from which it is derived also thrives in Northern India. Not only is its fragrance rich and its mood tranquil, it has a list of properties including the ability to expand one’s awareness by connecting the energy centre, or chakra, at the top of the head to the one at the base of the spine.