Ylang Ylang Ashleigh and Burwood Tube Incense.
30 highly fragranced, long-burning sticks of high quality traditional incense.
The packaging is a sturdy, orange coloured tube.
Each longer-burning incense stick burns for up to twice as long as ordinary sticks.
Ashleigh and Burwood Ylang Ylang... The smell of Ylang Ylang is intense, sweet, flowery, exotic and a little fruity.
Incense sticks (also known as joss sticks) are a common factor in the many and varied religious ceremonies performed worldwide. From Chinese temples to Indian Shrines, from holy sites to established Churches, the ritual burning of incense sticks has for centuries been an integral part of tradition.
Sticks are normally hand-rolled, using natural ingredients, wood powders, charcoal powder, perfume oils and/or essential oils. The resulting substance is then either formed into stick shapes or wrapped around bamboo wood sticks.
Japanese style incense, for instance, is usually bamboo-less, and the type sold for home use is generally lighter in fragrance and less smoky than say Indian incense.
Most of the popular incense sticks are made with bamboo, and the superior quality ones usually contain natural essential oils.
How to burn your incense sticks:
Always place in a suitable holder. There are many types available, from iconic little resin ones to ash catchers and jali boxes.
Place on a heat resistant surface and well away from flammable objects.
Light the tip of the stick and allow a flame to take hold.
Blow out the flame to leave a glowing ember.
Never leave a burning stick unattended.
Then simply enjoy the ambience created by your chosen fragrance.
Incense (from the Latin incendere, to burn) is composed of aromatic, organic materials, often combined with essential or fragrant oils, which give off fragrant smoke when burned. It has been used for thousands of years in ritual and religious ceremonies, and in many ancient cultures to the present day.
Incense can take many forms depending on the prevailing culture and there are generally speaking two types of incense for indirect and direct burning. Indirect, in this case, means that the incense material cannot burn on its own, requiring a separate heat source either on a fire or in an incense burner. Indirect incense includes a wealth of herbs, gums and resins that are often heated on a lit charcoal tablet, or in a fragrance burner heated from underneath. Direct burning, on the other hand, means that the incense material is itself combustible, and once lit and then blown out, the resulting glowing ember will smoulder and release its fragrance. Direct incense comes in the form of incense sticks (also known as joss sticks) with or without a bamboo centre, as pure incense cones, as pyramids, as coils or as strings.
In its earliest form organic raw material was simply thrown on to a fire to produce aromatic smoke. Perhaps, simply by accident, it was discovered that pine twigs for instance gave off a much stronger smell when burned, and that they were very different from say parsley leaves. From this it would be a small step to realizing that different aromas produced different effects. What followed was the use of various materials to perform specific tasks for heightening the senses, inducing sleep, cleansing spaces (especially following illness or death), and for offering prayers upwards to the gods.