It is believed that incense can enrich our lives and transform our characters. Incense has been a great and vital companion to many people for thousands of years. Traditionally, Chinese process medicinal herbs and smoke the ground herbs. Therefore, incense was commonly used in the form of powder in the very beginning.
In terms of incense sticks, there are many rumors. According to “Compendium of Materia Medica” by Li Shizhen, incense sticks can be manufactured in numerous ways and can be used to treat skin problems. Moreover, the ingredients contain Angelica,Nong Song, Kaempferiagalangal,clove,Agastache rugose and so on. Grind the above-mentioned ingredients and mix the adhesive made from elm bark, and then the mixed materials can be formed into incense sticks. You may well fix or hang the incense sticks with metal stands when you burn the incense sticks.
In the Ching Dynasty, a Zen master stated in his documents that if manufacturers add adhesives to the ground incense powder, then the burning process can last long. As a result, such incense sticks are also known as incense in heaven or longevity incense.
Incense sticks, also known as incense in heaven or longevity incense, are very common in the markets. However, as 20-30% of the whole components are adhesives, the smell or the fragrance can be affected or diminished. Yet, incense sticks are portable and handy for beginners, so they have been common and welcomed.
Hand-made incense involves stirring, kneading and molding, by which the manufacturer transcends his love into the products. In other words, the manufacturer’s heart, hands, and the incense become one. Hand-made incense sticks can be precious and unique, and the manufacturing process brings great healing power and relaxes our body and mind.