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Benefits of Using Incense

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Enrich our connection

I believe that one of the most important reasons we should use incense is to deepen our connection to Mother Earth. We have been given these wonderful gifts that enrich our daily lives by their enchanting, mystical, and exotic scents. My hope is that through using these ancient medicines, we will renew our love and respect for all things, including our true selves.

History of our ancestors

The use of incense can be tracked back all the way to ancient Egypt where priests used incense to fumigate tombs. They have been used for years in ancient China, India, and by Native Americans. They were and still are of great importance in ceremonies, offerings, and rituals and used by nearly all spiritual paths.

Aromatic medicine

Our sense of smell plays a vital role in our daily human experiences. Scents can trigger specific responses that encourage a variety of emotions, thoughts, and states of being. These can include relaxation, concentration, creativity, motivation, peace, sense of self, deep spirituality, sexual arousal, and the list goes on and on.

Spiritual experience

In my experience, I have found incense to work on an energetic and spiritual level. It is used in many different areas of spiritual practices like yoga, meditation, magical experiences, ceremonies, rituals, esoteric arts, etc. It is a vehicle between this realm and others and can carry prayers, clear negative energies, and work in ways we probably won’t ever understand. 

Physical benefits

Many herbs have anti-bacterial properties that, when burned, can purify the air leaving it clean and fresh. Incense are also wonderful at covering up unwanted household smells from pets, cooking, damp clothes, etc.

Mood boosting

The effect of good aromas has been shown to raise serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer and helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion. It also helps reduce depression, regulate anxiety, and reduce headaches.

Word of caution

I think it is important to point out that with burning incense there is a potential smoke hazard. Always burn in a well ventilated area.  If you have asthma or a lung condition, I advise you to ask a healthcare professional first before burning incense. An alternative is to use an electric resin/incense burner as these don’t create nearly as much smoke as burning them on charcoal discs.

Disclaimer

I am not a licensed health care professional.  All of the information on this website is based on my own experiences and research and has not been approved by a health care professional.  I encourage you to take precautions when burning the incense and note that Esoteric Odyssey is not responsible for any accidents or health issues that may arise from using the incense.  Thank you for your understanding and safe practices.

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