Burning incense has a huge role in cultural and religious practices. It’s also becoming increasingly popular in Western countries. These days, you can find incense in health food stores and groceries. It’s made from the wood of the tree Santalum album.1 While there has been hardly any study on the benefits of sandalwood incense stick, studies have attested to the benefits of sandalwood essential oil. Since the stick is also from the same tree and contains the same healing chemicals, the benefits are comparable.
Aside from releasing an amazing aroma, burning sandalwood incense sticks will have these 10 benefits
- Relax and unwind
Light some Incense, curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea, a book and some chilled-out music. Alternatively, run a bath and replace candles with an Incense Stick or two. Soft fragrances will further enhance this time, allowing you to give yourself time and space away from the hassles of everyday living.
Frankincense, Sandalwood and Cedarwood are all ‘calming fragrances’, so work well for general relaxation.
- Reduce stress and anxiety
A step up from relaxing – reduce body activities like heart rate and breathing. Also, encourage your mind to stop worrying and racing from one thing to another. Go for the purest and best quality Sandalwoods for this. Lavender and Rosemary are other great choices here too.
Incense is used widely in many religious practices to deepen attention, heighten senses and uplift one’s own spirit when practicing meditation. Traditionally, the passing of time was also measured by the burning of set length incense sticks.
Sandalwoods and Lotus are used most frequently for meditation – but you chose what suits you best. One that transports you to the place you need to be, without taking over your thoughts.
The burning of Incense can act as a doorway to spirituality, formal or informal, recognised 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 create good Karma by taking an incense stick and lighting it as an offering. A simple way to do something, without expectation of return. An act of generosity and letting go.
Make this a mindful activity and select an Incense Stick of high-quality. Take time and pride in preparation, selecting your stick, incense bowl and lighting materials. Light, ‘listen’ to the fragrance and relax.
- Stimulate creativity
A well-selected fragrance can be used to enhance your own abilities, stimulate ideas and improve mental performance. Aloeswood based Incense is known for this as well as ‘uplifting’ fragrances such as Lemongrass, Citrus scents, Geranium and Ylang-Ylang.
- Increase Focus
Burn Aloeswood and uplifting fragrances when working or studying to increase focus and enhance concentration. Less intrusive than having music playing in the background, fragrances have a subtler effect of the mind and body, making them a perfect partner for work, study or engaging in a hobby that requires detailed focus.
- Aid sleep
Insomnia is an increasing affliction, especially in our modern, always on and interrupt orientated society. Lavender is especially associated with an aid to sleep, as are Vetiver and Chamomile. Having an Incense stick burning when falling asleep is far safer than using a candle with its naked flame.
- Increase sexual desire
Yes! Use fragrances such as Jasmine, Vanilla and Rose to create a ‘get it on’ mood. We stock a very popular Romance Selection box of Luxury Indian Incense by Sacred Elephant for this very purpose. The mind is a powerful thing, readily activated by these aphrodisiac scents. Also, try Cinnamon to drive passion and loving moments.
- Yoga practice
Help focus the mind and ready the body by creating the right aromatic atmosphere. Doing such a natural and healthy activity you’ll want to avoid anything artificial, toxic or just plain distracting. Try Sacred Elephant’s Yoga Selection – 4 fragrances carefully chosen to suit many types and styles of Yoga – from energetic to restful and meditative.