What is incense, what are the types of incense, what does it do?


What is this Incense?

Incense, which we love to use in our homes today, has formed the foundations of the art of perfumery with its burning in the Middle East. In the Middle East, the word perfume comes from the old provincial French ‘perfumar’ per, through, fumar- smoke- root.

A fragrant substance burnt in religious ceremonies or to make the environment smell good, is defined as frankincense. Incense was used to honour gods and goddesses. Priests organised celebrations and burnt incense to bless the gods and to convey their wishes to them.

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At Muhiku, we have prepared a wonderful gift box that will allow you to relax with the delicious scents of incense while beautifying your home.


History of Incense

The use of incense dates back to 3000 BC and originates from aromatic woods imported from Arabia for use in religious ceremonies.

For centuries, incense has been used for meditation, refreshment, suppressing bad odours, bio energy, opening chakras. The use of incense has also been used as a treatment method. Researches explain that magic and religious practices are at the origin of medicine.

Prayers, spells and amulets were used in treatments, and Arab societies before Islam also applied to oracles for their treatment. The area of use of incense, which was used in the rituals of polytheistic religions, has expanded over time; changing cultures, lifestyles and religious beliefs have created a special need that can be used in daily use or religious architecture.

Although the use of incense is different in polytheistic and monotheistic religions, this tradition actually brings religions and cultures together in a common cluster.


The use of incense was widespread in Islamic, Byzantine, Great Seljuk, Anatolian Seljuk and Ottoman cultures. In Islamic culture, incense was used in mosques and mausoleums, in palaces and homes, in Byzantine rituals in churches, and in many censers from the Great Seljuk and Anatolian Seljuk periods (censer: a special container in which incense is burned, incense holder).

The Ottoman state burned incense and used various censers during the serving of Turkish coffee and rose water in its palaces. Miniatures and paintings prove the existence of this. Today, we can say that the use of incense has decreased in homes today compared to the past, and room sprays have taken its place.

Incense Types and Meanings

Each incense has a different usage area and various meanings. You can view all incense and incense holder models on Muhiku on the website.

Let’s look at some of them now.

Sandalwood Incense

Sandalwood incense has an aromatherapy effect with its beautiful scent after burning. It helps you to increase your motivation and relax.

Juniper Incense

When the pine-like leaves of this evergreen shrub are gathered together and dried, they help to relieve body and mind fatigue.
In the past, people burnt juniper in rituals to purify temples, both to protect against plague and to prevent diseases. Juniper had a sacred quality for the ancient Turks, it is said that they used it both to repel snakes and for alchemists to make philosopher’s stone.

Cedar Incense

Cedar, a tree that is considered sacred in many cultures, makes you feel like you are in nature with the forest scent it spreads to your home and helps reduce your stress. Since the past, people have used cedar to both purify and eliminate negative energy.

Rose Incense

In ancient times, societies dried rose petals and often burned them for fresh starts. Moreover, this plant, which is attributed sacred in most religious traditions, represents both love and romance.

Lavender Incense

Lavender has a fresh feeling effect when burned. Lavender is burnt to relieve insomnia, sadness and depression. Lavender incense, which you will burn 1 hour before going to sleep at night, will make it easier for you to fall asleep.

Reyhan Incense

Reyhan incense has a protection effect against negative energies. In the past, basil was shown among the best incense used in love-related magic studies.

Vanilla Incense

Vanilla makes you feel peace and happiness. When some foods are made with vanilla, its odour creates a relaxation effect on people. Vanilla also represents prosperity. Vanilla incense gives a fragrance that will be more suitable for the winter months due to its intense odour.

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