Traditionally, synthetic incense has been the mainstream of incense manufacture. That is to say, the incense products commonly contain more than two ingredients and the combinations are based on the five elements of Chinese medicine and philosophy.
The combined ingredients not only add layers upon layers of fragrance to the incense products but also implicate the harmony between human beings and nature, the harmony between incense and human beings, and the harmony among ingredients. Hence, to Chinese, synthetic incense represents the unity of heaven and human beings as well as our respect for mother nature.
In fact, each ingredient has its own unique smell, medicinal property, and usage, and thus different ingredients bring us different spiritual experiences. Since ancient times, incense manufacturers have been systematically probing into the properties and origins of all incense ingredients in order to upgrade the applications and manufacturing of the ingredients. This is why Chinese have their specific way of incense manufacture and their techniques surpass those of other countries.
Chinese are proficient at making good of herbs. Over ninety percent of Chinese medicine ingredients are plant-based. These plant ingredients are seen as medicine and can be utilized to take care of human health. However, when these plants become the ingredients of incense, the plants can even nourish the mind and soul of human beings, since it is believed that plants can mend our disability or injury and trigger endless vigor.
Any little grass or flower can contribute its own beauty to the world. When appreciating the fragrance of incense, we can interact with incense. As the burning incense heals our body and mind, how can we not appreciate it in awe and humility?