Zen incenses are a mixture of incense and plant material.
They are a traditional Chinese medicine and are a favorite in Buddhist and Taoist traditions.
They’re also used in many Asian cultures.
Zen incumes are usually made of dry leaves and dry wood.
The leaves are wrapped around the plant material and a piece of dried wood is placed inside.
In China, the incense is sometimes mixed with water and used to create a kind of warm air for meditation.
A Japanese Zen master would add the water and add some kind of fragrance to make the incenses smell good.
In the west, Zen incensuses are made with tobacco or dried herbs.
The smoke is then heated until it gets so hot that the smell is not pleasant.
Zen is also used to treat allergies, which is why it’s so popular in China.
Some Zen practitioners say they prefer a lot of incenses and that a little bit of tobacco can make it more appealing to people who are allergic.
This article appeared in the March 10, 2020 issue of Popular Science magazine.