In the markets, we have a diversity of incense, differentiated by the way the incense is manufactured and the ingredients contained in the incense. Roughly, incense can be divided into natural incense and artificial incense. The former is made from completely natural materials, while the latter consists of chemicals as well as artificial additives.
The quality of incense has a great effect on our health; consequently, it is vital for us to know how to distinguish and pick out the incense that suit our body and mind condition. As follows are the tips for your reference:
First, observe the appearances of the incense.
Natural incense contains no additives, and it appears plain and wood-colored, while most artificial incense comprises additives to look colorful and thus can be sticky and leave some dye on your hands.
Second, smell the incense.
Unburned natural incense emanates light herbal fragrance, which relaxes and refreshes you. Additionally, some natural incense can smell aromatic but still refreshing. On the other hand, artificial incense permeates strong scent once you open the package. It may smell good in the beginning, but in a while, you may feel nauseous or dizzy.
Third, burn the incense and smell it.
Pure natural incense has pleasant layers of fragrance before and after it is burned. On the contrary, artificial incense has strong and pungent scents no matter it is burned or not.
Fourth, taste the incense and sense the change.
Natural incense can be tasted and even chewed. If you do so, your taste buds may experience layers of tastes. Natural incense is made up of many medicinal herbs, and as a result can numb your tongue or taste sour, bitter, prickling, and even sweet, adding a variety of tastes and smells to the incense. Yet, in case you taste artificial incense, you would not experience any sour, sweet, or fragrant taste. Some strong artificial additives may taste like soap, which can be a disgusting taste.
Fifth, observe the change of energy field in your body.
Natural medicinal herbs can reach all the nadi paths and activate our blood circulation. The medicinal properties of the herbs reach the nadi paths through our breath. After we inhale them, we can feel refreshed and focused; furthermore, our blood circulation can be improved. However, the scents of artificial fragrance can only remain in the nasal cavity and cannot emanate to the whole body. You may also feel dizzy or uncomfortable smelling artificial incense.
Sixth, conduct an experiment with hot water.
Soak natural incense in the hot water, and you can smell light fragrance, but if you soak artificial incense in the hot water, the artificial colorings can run into the water and give off a pungent and even prickly smell.人體五感是最佳的辨識工具，掌握辨別天然香與化學香的訣竅，才能買到天然好香，為健康加分！
Our five senses can be the best tools, with which we can distinguish the quality of incense. Get the know-hows and guard your health!