Introduction to Bakhoor
Bakhoor is basically a woodchip which has been submerged in perfumed oil and mixed with other natural ingredients such as resin, sandalwood essential oils among others depending on an individual’s preference. These scented chips are mostly burned in charcoal or in incense burners to perfume the rich fragrance produced in form of thick smoke. In most cases, this fragrance is used during special occasions such as weddings, love-centered occasions or during relaxing moments. In the Arabian culture, it is a traditional gesture to pass Bukhoor among the invited guests as it was viewed to be a hospitality gesture. Additionally, the guests would feel the warm welcome in that homestead through the fragrance produced. This article will discuss the various uses of this product and the procedure involved while burning it.
In most cases, in the Arabian culture, the Bakhoor is burned in traditional incense burner known as Mabkhara. This name varies depending on the place of origin. However, in our modern day, the product is mostly burned in electric incense burners as they are termed to be faster and safer to use. Other people prefer using charcoal since its traditional has a natural scent and it burns Bakhoor better. In countries such as Yemen, Bakhoor is mostly used as natural ingredients and for every individual who burns Bakhoor has a secret ingredient which distinguishes them from others. In most cases, experts’ advice individuals saying that the longer the Bakhoor remains in a closed jar, the better the scent it produces.
There are two major ways in which Bakhoor can be burned, through traditional charcoal burning and through modern electric burners. In order for an individual to enact in the burning process, these three materials are required; Bakhoor, Mabkhara and charcoal discs. The steps involved in burning Bakhoor are not complex as anybody can follow them. The first procedure involves placing a charcoal disc in the incense burner or rather in the Mabkhara. Second step involves the application of a flame using a lighter of your choice on the charcoal disc until sparks can be viewed transversing the coal (Wakefield, 2012).
Third, the charcoal disc will form a gray like soot which will tend to look like ash over at the top of the coal which indicates that the coal is hot and ready. Step four involves placement of the Bakhoor on top of the charcoal disc using tongs and the resultant scent will be an exotic Bakhoor fragrance. For less smoke production, use little pieces of Bakhoor and finally, once you are finished, cover the Mabkhara using a ceramic dish in order to distinguish the coal disc from the resultant ash like substance produced. Upon disposal, be cautious as you can only dispose of the coal when it is completely cold. It’s however, advisable to keep the coal out of children reach to avoid accidental spills.
Uses of bakhoor
Other than that, Bakhoor has outstanding characteristics and can be used for both indoor and outdoor activities. To begin with, Bakhoor can be used as an indoor perfume to provide your house with a great scent since its natural scent happens to be very relaxing and intriguing. Also, it is said to create a romantic atmosphere in bedrooms and therefore preferred by couples globally. Second, Bakhoor is used in special occasions especially during traditional weddings, during spiritual and religious ceremonies. The smoke produced boosts positive energy in such occasions and is also said to dismiss evil spirits in such occasions. Third, the product is used in commercial shops and stores to attract customers into buying their products especially in cloth line stores due to the highly inviting scent (Darke, 2007). Additionally, bakhoor was traditionally used for medicinal purposes as an added ingredient as well as chasing out bad spirits. Finally, bakhoor can be used to discard bad smells, for instance cigarrete smokes, and perfumes the place with a good odor produced by the Bakhoor. It is also said to enhance an individual’s mood and creativity levels.
Finally, it can be viewed that the bakhoor is not only a traditional product but also a modernized product and has various different functions. Bakhoor, as earlier discussed can be used for certain special occasions and can also act as a stimulant to attract customers in buying some products. Additionally, burning of this product involves very easy steps whereby any individual can be in a position to facilitate the procedure. Notably, Bakhoor can be used as a traditional medicine and also as a means to drive out evil spirits during traditional ceremonies especially in china. In conclusion, it is advisable not burn the product in the resent of children, as it might result in accidents which could be avoided.