The ingredients found in modern incense can be roughly divided into two types------natural and artificial. In ancient China, natural incense was the mainstream, and the ingredients included the roots, stems, leaves, blooms, fruits, bark, trunks of plants as well as animal components, such as musk and ambergris.
Incense is the crystallization of all the creations. Different incense components carry their own specific properties and are harvested in diverse surroundings or different seasons. Some plants, roses for instance, enjoy sunshine, can resist dry climate and dislike humid environment. On the other hand, some plants, nard for instance, enjoy sunshine and humid soil and can resist biting cold climate. Some plants, such as saffron, dislike strong exposure to the sunlight and like to grow in cool areas. In terms of cedar, it likes to grow in high mountains, where the air is thin and freezing. Furthermore, sandal and eucommia prefer to grow in hills facing sunshine. In addition, nutmeg lives in tropical areas. To sum up, the energy and healing property of a plant varies with the environment where it exists. As we merge the fragrance with our life, we can resonate with the energy of the very plants, and subsequently we can enhance our living quality and relax ourselves.
Zhuangzi, a great thinker, wrote a fable to convey the fact that our indulgence in the seven orifices can lead to demise.
The origin of all the beings is pure and true. That is to say, if we are against nature, we simultaneously disobey our selfhood. Beauty lies in nature. Therefore, natural incense creates the best fragrance. Artificial incense contains chemicals, which can do damage to our kidneys, livers, and lungs. If we often smell it, then we can also suffer from it. That being mentioned, it is meaningless to appreciate the scent of artificial incense.
香氣是一門藝術，不違背自然之性，透過對自然的體驗與感悟，回歸生命的自在廣闊。Appreciating the fragrance of incense is deemed an art. Only when we