Bakhoor is wood chips soaked in perfume oil and mixed with other (natural) ingredients, such as natural resin, sandalwood, and essential oils. It comes in many different varieties, which means there’s a type of bakhoor for everyone. Bakhoor is especially popular in the Middle East.
Bakhoor is used during special occasions such as weddings or simply for relaxing purposes. In Arabian culture, it’s a traditional gesture to pass Bakhoor among guests so that they can scent their hair, clothing and hands. This is believed to be as integral to hospitality as serving coffee and dates.
HOW TO BURN BAKHOOR?
You burn Bakhoor the same way you burn natural resin incense. A quick-light charcoal tab in a Mabkhara which is a traditional Bakhoor burner is the best way to burn Bakhoor. First, you light the charcoal tab with a lighter or match. Once the charcoal is fully lit, it will glow red and be covered in greyish soot. Use a pair of tongs to place the tab in the Mabkhara and carefully sprinkle some Bakhoor on top of the tab. The Bakhoor’s oils will evaporate thanks to the heat of the charcoal tab, releasing fragrances.
Bakhoor/Incense burning is very popular in the Middle East and around the world. In recent studies it is suggested that inhaled smoke contains a substantial number of adverse compounds which are not only recognized as a potential source of indoor air pollution but can also lead to COPD and other respiratory ailments. People who burnt incense each day were two to four times more likely to be vulnerable to headaches, forgetfulness and concentration problems, among other health conditions. Those exposed to smoke were also more likely to suffer an asthma attack.
With the technology we have today why not have a replacement for burning Bakhoor/Incense and act towards helping the environment and betterment of health.