Incense: 5 Benefits and Uses

Updated: Jun 13, 2020

Since time immemorial ancient cultures like the Kemetians (Egyptians) have used incense in their temples, churches and ancient rites. Indigenous people to the Americas burned bundles of sage, known as smudge sticks to help clear the air of negative energy. Today, many people burn incense to cleanse and purify their environment and to create or adjust the mood. Ahead are a few benefits of commonly used incenses.


Spiritual Bliss

Sandalwood, jasmine and rose incenses are often burned to create a calming environment to help boost focus and concentration. Making them a pleasant backdrop to yoga or meditation practice.


Sensual Bliss

Cinnamon, jasmine and rose incenses can help balance emotions and heighten the romantic mood.


Relaxation & Sleep

Various incenses are relaxants and sedative in nature. Burning lavender and patchouli incenses can ease you into a deeper, more restful sleep.


Germ Killers

Resin incense such as frankincense, myrrh, benzoain, copal, pinon and dragons blood are known to have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. They can help prevent the spread of airborne germs, boosting overall health.


Clear the Air

Sage is not only my favorite flower but helps clear the air of negative energies and influences. You can also burn powdered cinnamon to clear the air.


It should be noted that there is a significant difference between natural incense and synthetic incense. Be mindful and always enjoy premium incense as others are often made with toxins that can be irritating when inhaled.


Always think safety when burning incense. Use the proper tools – tongs to handle charcoal disks and fireproof ceramic bowl for sage and other flower bundles. Whether burning synthetic or natural incense, it’s a good idea to burn them with windows open. Inhaling too much smoke of any kind is not good for the lungs, especially when burned on charcoal.


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Be Blessed with Love, Peace, Blessings, Money and Soul,

Hanan