This sticky, resinous substance derives from an intensely aromatic Mediterranean species of Rock Rose (Cistus). When the spring sun warms the garrigue covered hills the air is delightfully scented with this warm balsamic fragrance. Throughout the Mediterranean region people have long valued this natural perfume. The sweet, vanilla like aroma is deeply sensuous, almost intoxicating and opens the gates to the realms of the imagination.
Since people first came together to honour the Gods and spirits of nature they used gums, resins and fragrant herbs to bring them closer to the divine beings and to give fragrant wings to their prayers. Every culture has their own sacred herbs that are particular to its region, yet, precious incense herbs and gums have also always been traded far beyond their country of origin.