Today’s Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: December 3, 2013 is a continuation of Heaven Scent.
Resins have long been used in the making of incense, all over the world. The material lends itself to the purpose particularly well, but there has also been a symbolic association, in that resins seep from wounds in trees, as blood saps from us. In ancient Egypt, nuggets of resin were known as ‘the sweat of the gods,’ and were collected in reverence.
Resins including ‘balsam’ feature strongly in biblical fragrance. Frankincense and Myrrh are still burnt in many churches and are particularly evocative of the Christian tradition. Benzoin, is more commonly used in spiritual practice in Asia.
The resins and root essential oils can be very pungent, and are used in small quantities. Try them, one by one, to see which, if any, resonate with you.
Balsam de Peru, Benzoin, Frankincense, Galbanum, or Styrax Balsam
Ginger, Spikenard, Vetiver
We will discuss more Heaven Scent essential oils, next.
Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
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Resource: The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood