安悉香 Benzoin

安悉香:或称安息香,有些经典称‘拙具罗香’。拙具罗香(安息香):梵语guggula,英文Benzoin,音译为求求罗、掘具罗、窭具罗、求罗、屈具罗。此香料最初系安息国商人传入中国,故称为安息香,为香料之一种。
在《酉阳杂俎.广动植本篇》记载:‘安息香树出波国,波斯呼为辟邪树,长三丈、皮色黄黑、叶有四角、经冬不凋,二月开花,黄色黄心微碧,不结实,刻其树皮,其胶如饴,名安息香。六、七月坚凝,乃取烧之,通神明,辟众恶。’

安息香在很多经典中有记载使用方法,具有多功能之香料,焚其香功用如下:
(1)功能:安神、醒脑、镇魄、除秽、辟邪恶辟蛊毒、除恶臭。
(2)适合:供佛、清净堂室、禅坐、治病、净身、持斋戒者入净室之作用、往生、助念者最为适之。
(3)其他:宜行气血,奇效良方小儿惊邪安息香一豆许焚之自除。

Benzoin. Purification, blessings, prosperity.

Benzoin has a long history of use as incense and perfume.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Benzoin resin is a “yang” sedative and is used as an effective remedy for congestion and clearing away stagnation. It’s also very warming to the heart and increases circulation. When burned, Benzoin has a nice vanilla undertone with earthy balsam notes and is a commonly used church incense for its potent effects.

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