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Benzoin Resin also called styrax resin is obtained from the bark of a tree and is used in perfumes, incense and as a flavouring. It's main component is Benzoic acid. It has a distinct smell. You would perhaps be aware of this particular smell if you have lived in South India. It is called 'Sambrani'. (It is very different fron the North Indian 'dhoop' or 'agarbattis' which all have diferent smells)
I personally love the smell of Sambrani. I find it positive, uplifting, vibrant. Sambrani powder is always sprinkled on glowing red charcoal. The fumes which come out exude the aroma and it slowly spreads all across the room.
I have a very traditional Sambrani holder (see pictures ) which holds the burning coal ember. This holder that I have is easily more than a hundred years old . It is a heirloom which has been passed down the generations. My husband's grandmother used to have it.
The women in Kerala , in the ancient times, used to dry their wet hair in these fumes, after a bath.It would scent the hair and also prevent scalp infections.
Somehow I love to keep ancient traditions going. I have the hanging lamp whose picture I had put up in this post.
Sometimes, I just light a Sambrani, sit in my study, switch on some lovely music and do absolutely nothing. My thoughts carry me to all kinds of wonderful places.
I dream and the world stands still for just those few precious moments.
Bliss. I cherish it.