Incense comes in three types, including burning incense, smoking incense and raw incense.
一、焚香First, burning incense
Literally, burning incense means that the incense can be burned directly. And this type includes incense powder, incense sticks, and incense loops.
This type of incense is suitable for big space. As incense gets burned directly, there can be a lot of smoke. In ancient times, some literates described how the smoke looked like vividly. In the Tang Dynasty, a talented and famous poet Lee-bai depicted that the smoke of incense could reach high above, which was an eye-catching sight. In the Song Dynasty, another poet Chen-chu-fei mentioned his insight into life in one poem and stated that incense carried a lot of meanings and brought silence for him. Su-shi, another poet and literate said that appreciating incense could be an ultimate enjoyment and that a simple state of mind was the source of happiness. The ancient incense lovers set a great example for modern people.
However, burning incense generates lots of smoke, which can be a problem for those with respiratory illnesses. But, burning incense can be properly used in big space to eliminate the odor in the surroundings and purify the energy field. Burning incense can also bring to us a sense of stability and serenity.
二、熏香Second, smoking incense
Smoking incense does not get ignited directly; its fragrance emanates in high temperature. Smoking incenseis common in Japan and can be applied in electronic incense pots or used in the cars. Normally, good-quality incense materials, such as Agilawood, Aquilaria agallocha Roxb, and sandalwood, can be appropriate smoking incense choices. Smoking incense can be synthetic incense or we can simply smoke the material directly in thin pieces, small nuggets, or powder. Smoking incense is not as easy as burning incense directly, but smoking incense offers different layers of fragrance in the smoking process, which can be even more pleasant and enjoyable.
In fact, smoking incense generates no smoke at all. You can smell the fragrance but see no smoke. For those who suffer from allergy, this is a good choice. Compared with burning incense, smoking incense is fit for small space.
Raw incense is used for direct smell to enjoy its original fragrance. Normally, the manufacturers make Agilawood or synthetic incense into beads, boards, or other accessories. You can wear them or hang them in the car or wardrobe. The fragrance emanates naturally in proper temperature and moisture. But, you have to approach the products to appreciate the fragrance because the fragrance can be mild.