September 27, 2019 2 min read
Benefits and Uses of Incense
Scents, Aromas, Fragrances (whatever you describe them) can be used to trigger specific responses. For instance; to encourage relaxation, aid sleep, stimulate creativity, increase motivation and heighten sexual desire. In addition, there is also a whole raft of religious, aesthetic and practical reasons. A further dimension is that specific fragrances or ingredients or aromas can be used for specific purposes.
Below, we explore these attributes and uses for Incense products, highlight various benefits and suggest fragrances for occasions and purposes.
Relax and unwind: Light some Incense, curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea, a book and some chilled-out music or run a bath and replace candles with an Incense Stick or two. Soft fragrances or scents will further enhance this time, allowing you to give yourself time and space away from the hassles of everyday living. Frankincense, Sandalwood and Cedar wood are all ‘calming fragrances’, so work well for general relaxation.
Reduce stress and anxiety: A step up from relaxing – reduce body activities like heart beat and breathing. Go for the purest and best quality Sandal woods for this. Lavender and Rosemary fragrances are other great choices here too.
Meditation: Incense is used world widely in many religious practices to deepen attention, heighten senses and uplift one’s own spirit when practicing meditation. Sandalwoods and Lotus are used most frequently for meditation – but you chose what suits you best.
Spirituality: The burning of Incense can act as a doorway to spirituality, formal or informal religion or secular. Incense is and has been for thousands of years in daily use in many religions of the world – Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
Generosity and Mindfulness: Whether formal or informal, religious or aesthetic, you should create good Karma by taking an incense stick and lighting it as an offering. A simple and great way to do something, without expectation of return. Make this a mindful activity and select an Incense Stick or cone of high-quality. Take time and pride in preparation, selecting your sticks, incense bowl and lighting materials. Light, ‘listen’ to the fragrance and relax.
Increase sexual desire: Use fragrances or scents such as Jasmine, Vanilla and Rose to create a ‘get it on’ mood for this very purpose. The mind is a powerful thing, readily activated by these aphrodisiac scents. Also, try Cinnamon to drive loving moments.
Yoga practice: Help to focus the mind and ready the body by creating the right aromatic atmosphere. Doing such a natural activity you’ll want to avoid anything artificial, toxic or just plain distracting.
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