Mother’s Fragrance 21 Fan
Years ago we embarked on a great adventure, in search of a long lost secret, a hidden treasure, a sacred art buried in the distant past and all but forgotten.
It has been known since the dawn of man that when natural substances such as flowers, bark, wood, roots, seeds and herbs are burned, they emit a rich variety of different and often very beautiful fragrances. Over the course of time a systematic search of nature was carried out and bountiful aromatic treasures were found concealed within the delicate petals of a jasmine blossom, a tiny ambrette seed, a resinous droplet of sap from the spicewood tree and countless others of nature’s unsuspected hiding places.
The use of incense was common to many ancient cultures – usually as a part of religious worship or as a luxury of the rich. Often it consisted of little more than the sweetly scented sap of a particular tree which was burned over coals – such as the frankincense and myrrh of Biblical renown.
In ancient India this science of fragrances matured into a sacred art. Many thousands of years ago, Vedic rishis discovered that each fragrance — like each color and sound — possesses a particular quality of its own with a power to induce an uplifting state of consciousness. Burning incense became a means to create a peaceful atmosphere, to prevent illness, as a support for happy and harmonious living, and as an aid to meditation and the quest for spiritual enlightenment. The art of the rishis involved the careful combination and delicate blending of many aromatic substances to produce beautiful and uplifting fragrances.
The technique used was known as the “masala” method – meaning mixture. A variety of scented flowers, herbs, leaves, essential oils, resins, and wood powders were blended with water to form a dough. A tree resin with adhesive properties was added as a binding agent. Then the dough was gently rolled onto a thin sliver of bamboo and allowed to dry in the shade.