The Latin meaning of the word perfuma means “by smoke” and was originally applied to the burning of incense, sacred herbs, resins, or wood and used in ceremony practiced by cultures the world over.
Using aromatic smoke has been used as a way to clear and clean spaces and energies, make offerings, and carry intentions and prayers out to the divinity in all its forms. Smoke permeates the air both in visual and olfactive form. You can see its path and how it spreads, evaporating into the ether.
This transportive aspect serving as a symbol for all life matter traveling from the physical to an otherworldly state. From Native Americans using white sage to palo santo or “holy wood” in South America and sandalwood in Australia, ancient wisdom has always turned to the Earth for transcendent elements to heal and protect mind, body, and soul.