INCENSE FOR THE GODS ~ Natural Aromatics from Ancient Technology

Posted by Emma Leafe on

Ancient Aromatics

Earliest texts documented the use of ancient aromatics as a tool to worship gods through incense: the Latin phrase per fumum, literally meaning ‘through the smoke’. Thousands of years ago, incense was the only perfume known - aromatics in the form of fragrant smoke: Scented woods, gums and resins, derived from the plant kingdom, were burnt to release their precious fragrance: myrrh, frankincense, galbanum, benzoin. The Romans favoured opoponax and Aztecs in the Americas, copal amongst others

History & Ceremony

Today the deeply affecting scent of Frankincense is synonymous with temples. Where priests ceremonially smoulder its tears inside elaborate incense burners. Frankincense is native to a handful of countries, so obtaining it from the East has historically been costly. Once carried on the famous camel caravans, though mountains, deserts and along costal paths for trade - its value, on par with gold, worth the long journey. Frankincense and myrrh are synonymous gifts of the Magi – gold, frankincense and myrrh. During this time of year this spellbinding natural scent still evokes mystery and magic

emma leafe premium natural incense sticks, frankincense, black silk porcelain

← Older Post Newer Post →


ceremony meditation mental health rituals sacred space self care self empowerment

The Best Way to Use Incense for Meditation

By Emma Leafe

When it comes to the practice of meditation, creating the perfect ambiance is essential. One way to enhance your meditation experience is by incorporating the...

Read more

Beltane visit to The Bach Centre

By Emma Leafe

On the eve of Beltane, an ancient marker of the first day of Summer here in the British Isles, I had the great fortune of...

Read more