Many people think of burning incense as just air freshener. However, it has many more benefits than you think. Monks and Hindu people have been using incense for centuries as part of their meditations and spiritual matters. Many other cultures and religions use it as well. Our sense of smell is direct path to the brain, and it triggers how we respond to our surrounding and internally. Incense heighten our concentration, our focus becomes stronger. We can get easily inspired, our creative and visualization becomes more vivid. Incense can help to become more in touch with our senses internally and this brings us closer to our spiritual self. It can also clear tense energy around the house and make it more welcoming and calming. Using incense does not have to be only during meditation, it can simply be used when you are at home going about your business and yet you will still feel the difference once the air infuses in its smells.
Incense has many flavors and scents and you can choose different one for different effects that you are looking to achieve.
Here are a few suggestions:
Lavender: Calming and healing effect, beauty and romance
Sandalwood: protection, clearing of negative energies
Jasmine: Love, strength, good for meditation and receiving soothing effect on inner self
Frankincense: promotes calm and peace, relieves anxiety and stress, ending arguments and tension in relationships or family matters
Nag Champa: similar to Sandalwood it is good for meditation and spiritual matters, protection, clearing of negative, enlightenment
Dragon Blood: good for cleansing negative energy, purification, healing
Rose: sex, desire, love
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