Bakhur is vastly known for performing houses or surroundings. The term Bakhoor mainly refers to the wood chips that are soaked in fragrant Oudh oils; which is the oil extracted from the rare Aquilaria tree. An infectious type of mold takes a hold of the heartwood of the tree and later on, produces a dark fragrant resin that produces the oil. To know more information about Oudh, please click here.
More terms such as Muttar and Mamool refer to chips that are specifically from the Aquilaria tree wood soaked in fragrant oils. Other terms like Mabsoos and Mabthooth are the shavings of Aquilaria tree wood that is used and soaked in fragrant oils. Overall, the name bakhur tends to cover muttar, mamool, mabsoos, and mabthooth.
Bakhur must be burnt, normally by using a charcoal, to release its woody sweet smelling aroma. It can be placed in a Mabkhara, an Arabic word, meaning incense burner. Mabkharas come in different designs; they are made from either wood, metal, or ceramics. In today's modern world, there are also other ways to burn incense, such as using the electric incense burner. Although that may be an option, many prefer the original and coal burning Mabkharas as they are able to produce the best fragrance.
Burning bakhur serves as a safer alternative to chemical air fresheners. The aroma has been seen to relieve stress and anxiety in breast cancer patients. It can also improve the sleep quality and lower systolic blood pressure.
Types of Bakhur
Natural Oudh Wood Chips
Wood chips have different kinds of fragrances that are unique and do not smell like perfume. The fragrances differ from one another due to the aromatic qualities of agarwood (Oudh). Such as the geographic location, its branch, trunk and root origin, length of time since infection, and methods of harvesting and processing. Natural wood chips are burnt as they naturally are, without any influence of chemicals since the lovely fragrance is already taken from the heartwood of Aquilaria trees. This type of incense is luxurious and expensive as these are rare. These wood chips are not oily, and rough in texture.
Loose Fine Oudh Incense (Bukhoor)
This type of incense is Mabthooth, meaning loose bakhur. It is made by the shavings of Agarwood (Oudh) are made into fine
fragments, mixed with natural resins such as Arabic gums, mystic, and aromatic stones. The mixture is then perfused with either natural essential oil or fragrance oil. In some occasions, the fine Oudh wood powder is made into small balls or coins by adding more of natural gums.
Incense sticks are made with punsticks and fragrant oil. Agarwood or any type of wood is soaked in fragrant oil, processed, then grounded to be shaped into stick form. Afterwards, it will be laid out in the sunlight to dry for 3 days. Using incense sticks is known to be the slowest form of burning incense, therefore, the scent will be able to reach a larger distance and hold onto the air for longer periods of time. They are known for refreshing the mood and uplifting the mind. Unlike other types of bakhur, incense sticks do not need a charcoal or a Mabkhara. It can simply be burned with a lighter and placed far away from anything that can catch fire.
Instruction of use for bakhur:
1- Use flame lighter to instantly light l charcoal.
2- Place the desired amount of fine Incense (Bukhoor) on the ready charcoal.
3- Place in an open place for refreshing
4- Never leave unattended or near anything catch fire. Keep away from children or pets. Place in a stable heat resistant place.
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