What is incense

Incense – The sacred resin

So many stories, so many myths. No resin on this earth is as well known as incense–the resin that was offered to the Child Jesus in the manger along with myrrh and gold. That resin, which is used in almost all cultures and religions for blessing and which not only opens the heart and mind, but also unfolds its healing power in the body. The resin of the incense trees has been one of the most sacred raw materials on this earth for thousands of years.

From a botanical point of view, the incense tree belongs to the Burseraceae family, the balsam tree family, which includes over 15 genera and up to 600 species. Besides the incense tree, which is the subject of this blog, the genus Commpihora (for example myrrh), Canarium (for example Elemi) and also Bursera (for example Palo Santo) belong to the family of the Balsam tree plants. Those who know the scent of the different resins immediately understand why these plants are called balsam trees.

All balsam trees have fine capillaries under the bark, which produce a balsamic, spicy-scented resin when the bark is removed or the trunk and branches are scratched. The resin that emerges through the cuts is nothing more than a secretion that the tree produces to heal the superficial wound. These plant excretions solidify in the air to form a solid mass. Even if the comparison is not entirely correct from a biological point of view, one could compare the resin of the tree with the wound secretion which, in our body after an injury to the skin, ensures that the wound is cleaned of germs and heals. The “wound secretion” balsam tree plant is an aromatic, much sought-after resin which, under the name “incense”, makes our lives more valuable in many ways.

All love, Georg Huber
(founder of Jeomra)

You can find all kinds of incenses at the Dutch Health Store.

See for example some of our products from Jeomra:


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