The History of Rose Incense

Roses are ancient, fragrant, and beloved flowers. However, their extracts have a robust history of use in perfume, incense, and cosmetics. But where did all of it start? Read on as we discuss 'The History of Rose Incense'. 


1. What is Incense?

2. What is Rose Incense?

  1. Rose Incense Sticks:
  2. Natural Rose Incense:
  3. Benefits of Rose Incense

3. The History of Rose Incense

  1. Where Did Rose Incense Originate?
  2. What Was Rose Incense Used For?

4. Nowadays Uses Of Rose Incense

5. The Bottom Line

What is Incense?

Incense involves burning aromatic biological material, usually plant life, to create a pleasant and soothing fragrant smoke. This smoke has many benefits, whether to rid unpleasant odours, cleanse energy or improve spirituality.

Incense is an ancient tool used within religious and spiritual practices, ceremonies, and rituals - its robust history in strengthening clarity and removing negativity makes it a perfect spiritual-enhancing tool. However, incense has developed many other uses over the years, becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

There are many types of incense. However, some of the most popular types include sticks, cones, coils, loose, and our favourite, natural.

What is Rose Incense?

Rose flowers have a beautiful floral, sweet, and fresh aroma, perfect for igniting the senses and strengthening the Heart Chakra. But luckily, these qualities are reflected within each Rose incense type. So, what are the most popular Rose incense types?

Rose Incense Sticks:

Incense sticks are made from aromatic wood powder set tightly around a thin, wooden stick, usually bamboo. These wood powders combine with fragrant plant extracts such as essential oil and ground herbs. In this case, Rose incense sticks are aromatic wood powders and Rose essential oil and petals.
Incense sticks are a quick and easy incense type, perfect for long, busy days. However, incense sticks can be harmful if overused. With modern influence, incense sticks usually coincide with chemical additives, but with little use, negative effects are minimal to none.

Natural Rose Incense: 

Natural incense is a combination of essential oil, aromatic resin, and botanicals, burnt on a ceramic oil warmer. However, this is usually done along with water or carrier oil (this keeps the incense safe from burning). In this case, natural Rose incense involves burning the flower's essential oil and dried petals, leaves and stems.
Natural incense is less smoky in fragrance and more fresh, earthly, and personally more pleasant. Also, its ingredients are usually 100% natural, without any harsh wood powders. Therefore, natural incense is kinder on the lungs as it usually comes without chemical additives.

Benefits of Rose Incense:

Rose incense has a variety of unique, healing, and brightening benefits. So, here is a list of our favourite Rose incense benefits:

  • Strengthens the Heart Chakra
  • Cleanses a space
  • Improves sleep
  • Uplifts moods
  • Improves symptoms of depression
  • Naturally calming, great for enhancing meditation

The History of Rose Incense

Where Did Rose Incense Originate?

Most species of Rose flowers are native to central Asia, their cultivation dating back as early as 3000 BC. However, Rose incense originated not long after, with evidence of its use in ancient China, Egypt, and Rome.

What Was Rose Incense Used For?

During ancient living within Asia, Rose flowers and their extracts were used in perfumery, cosmetics, food, and medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine involves herbs, flowers, seeds, fruits, and berries consumed, burnt, or applied to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Roses were used to improve complexion and to hydrate the skin. They also used it to improve the digestion system, helping to regulate bowel movement and heal the gut. Burning Rose incense (or Rose Xiang in Mandarin) helped exude the flower's healing properties into the air whilst strengthening spirituality. 

Rose was a popular fragrance in ancient Egypt. They burnt various plants and their extracts to strengthen their connection to their Gods - Rose incense was popular alongside scents such as FrankincensePatchouli, and Cinnamon. The ancient Egyptians called incense the 'fragrance of the God', giving testament to its sacredness. Rose incense was also beloved for its floral and delicate fragrance, perfect for fumigating sacred temples.

Ancient Romans also took favour to Rose flowers and their incense, especially when it comes to romance, love, and worship. They also associated this delicate flower with the vibrant goddess of love, Venus. So, this said, they would wear Rose perfume, burn Rose incense, bathe in Rose petals to enhance desire and lust, and give thanks and offerings to their beloved goddess.

Rose Incense Within Religion

Rose incense has been used in religion for centuries, starting from ancient religions to some of the most popular religions around today. So, what is its significance within Christianity and Hinduism?

In Christianity, Rose incense symbolises holiness, purity, and sanctity. Though incense is less common in Christianity, however, compared to other religions, it isn't shunned. This said, many Christians enjoy burning Rose incense during prayer and worship to enhance their religious offerings, holy guidance, and spirituality. 

Rose incense has been used in Hinduism since the religion's early beginnings. It also is deemed a spiritual scent, perfect for cleansing spaces of worship. And this said, Rose incense is popularly burnt in Hindu rituals and ceremonies as a symbol of offerings, devotion, and purity.

Nowadays Uses Of Rose Incense

  • Strengthen the seven Chakras, especially the Heart Chakra.
  • Enhance meditations.
  • Improve home aromas.
  • Deter pests such as wasps, mosquitos, midges, and flies.
  • Improve sleeping and dreaming.
  • Increase spiritual awareness.
  • Relax the body, mind, and spirit.

The Bottom Line

 Rose incense is rich with history, dating back as early as ancient times. Its earlier uses have made Rose incense what it is today - a beloved, fragrant, and heart warming scent with plenty of healing benefits.

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