Joss powder, also known as tabu powder, is a type of incense ingredient that is widely used in Asia. It is made from a mixture of natural plant materials such as sawdust, charcoal, tree bark, and resins. Joss powder is used to create incense sticks, cones, and coils that are commonly used in religious ceremonies, meditation practices, and for aromatherapy purposes.
History of Joss Powder
The use of incense has been recorded in human history for thousands of years. Incense was first used in ancient Egypt, where it was used for both religious and practical purposes. It was believed that incense could ward off evil spirits, purify the air, and improve one’s health.
In Asia, incense has been used for centuries in religious ceremonies, meditation practices, and for aromatherapy purposes. Joss powder, specifically, has been used in Asia for hundreds of years. The word “joss” comes from the Portuguese word “deos” which means “gods”. It was believed that the smoke from burning incense could carry prayers and offerings to the gods.
Ingredients of Joss Powder
Joss powder is made from a combination of natural plant materials such as sawdust, charcoal, tree bark, and resins. The exact composition of joss powder can vary depending on the region and the intended use. For example, joss powder used for making incense sticks may contain more sawdust and less resin, while joss powder used for making incense cones may contain more resin and less sawdust.