How do I burn Frankincense Resins as incense?
Raw oleo resins are usually the exudes formed on the surface of trees and plants, which we have collected and used as medicine, perfume, incense, adhesives and for many other applications, since time immemorial, across the globe, and in most every human culture.
Though we like to call them saps, they differ from the true sap of the tree since they are usually produced by special ducts close to the surface of the tree in response to injury. Saps are usually considered the liquid that the tree produces deeper in itself which carries nutrients between roots and the farthest reaches of the tree.
Usually accessed by deep tapping of the tree. Our fragrant oleo resins are sometimes exuded naturally, or more often than not in response to our intentional damaging of the bark to produce a resinous response from the tree to the wounding. Usually this method of encouraging the tree to produce oleo resins does little harm.
As incense, these oleo resins are burned, alone or in combination with other fragrant natural materials such as powdered barks, flowers and essential oils. In ancient times, hot embers from the fire were used to burn incense resins. Today most cultures around the world use manufactured charcoal pucks, made from compressed powdered, partly burnt wood. Often these are impregnated with Saltpetre so they burn evenly. In countries where burning oleo resins is a daily tradition, one will find simple and ornate electric burners in most homes.
Churches and temples of most religions practice some form of ceremonial burning of incense, whether as an offering to the god or gods, to purify the area, or to create a receptive atmosphere for supplicants. Studies have shown that oleo resins such as Frankincense Papyrifera and Sacra contain psychoactive ingredients that affect our brain chemistry through their smoke.