In the history of human civilization, there are many elements that are so tied up with sacrifice and human appropriate to God as the natural incense or incense and myrrh, as a representation of human prayer. Especially for Greek Orthodox beyond the unmistakable roll of incense in the church’s liturgical life had weighty importance in popular orthopraxis they formed together with the lighting of the oil lamp two main denominators of the everyday. Since ancient times incense was known for very important healing properties, which makes it particularly valuable and therefore expensive.
The word in Greek frankincense is a corruption of the Arabic word Luban, which literally means milk, since the knots of incense on the tree like milk, like that of fig. Collection of knots (or tear) of these is the same way we get the mastic in Chios, ie making incisions in the bark of the tree. The incisions are made at certain times of the year and after taking the incense let them recover for five to seven years.
Trees from which we get this fragrant resin belonging to the Boswellia family which grows in sandy areas in the south of the Arabian Peninsula, Somalia, Ethiopia and western India. The best quality is produced in western Oman (Dofar area) and Yemen. Natural incense is burned either verbatim as they were from ancient times until today or in the form of Incenses. The Incenses like knowing the world today is a relatively recent development (~ 40 years ago) and is derived from mixing ground natural incense aromas in specific proportions.
The scientific study of the therapeutic properties of frankincense began by observing a Dutch traveler who saw in Yemen sick gazelles to bite livanodentra. Today scientific research has now proved the healing properties of natural incense. The burning of natural incense So, beyond the religious needs for us Orthodox is useful for daily hygiene reasons.