17 Facts About Incense


Incense is aromatic biotic material that releases fragrant smoke when burnt.

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Incense is used for aesthetic reasons, religious worship, aromatherapy, meditation, and ceremony.

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Incense is composed of aromatic plant materials, often combined with essential oils.

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Incense was burnt to counteract or obscure malodorous products of human habitation, but was widely perceived to deter malevolent demons and appease the gods with its pleasant aroma.

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Incense-burning was used both to create pleasing aromas and a medicinal tool.

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Neolithic Asia

Incense was used by Chinese cultures from Neolithic times and became more widespread in the Xia, Shang, and Zhou dynasties.

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Incense usage reached its peak during the Song dynasty with numerous buildings erected specifically for incense ceremonies.

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Incense is available in various forms and degrees of processing.

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Incense produced in this fashion has a tendency to warp or become misshapen when improperly dried, and as such must be placed in climate-controlled rooms and rotated several times through the drying process.

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Incense is used on special occasions like weddings or on Fridays or generally to perfume the house.

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Incense-stick burning is an everyday practice in traditional Chinese religion.

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Incense made from materials such as citronella can repel mosquitoes and other irritating, distracting, or pestilential insects.

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Incense is used often by people who smoke indoors and do not want the smell to linger.

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Incense clocks are used to time social, medical and religious practices in parts of eastern Asia.

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Incense is claimed to cleanse and restore energy in healing stones.

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Incense smoke contains various contaminants including gaseous pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, volatile organic compounds, and adsorbed toxic pollutants.

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Incense burning did not affect lung cancer risk among non-smokers, but it significantly reduced risk among smokers, even after adjusting for lifetime smoking amount.

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