10 Benefits of Incense

Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses of all. Most people don't realize this, but smell can shape a person's mood, the way a person thinks, or even how a person recalls a memory or information that is important. For that reason, you might want to investigate the many benefits of lighting and using incense in your home or office. The following reflects just ten of the benefits of using incense.

1. To Increase Focus During Meditation
Meditation exercises teach you to focus on something while you meditate. This can be your breathing or how your body heals, but the smell of incense can be pleasing and aid in meditation too.

2. Reduce Stress
Certain smells actually help your body relax. Lavender, vanilla, and a few others have a relaxing effect on the body. If you're stressed or you have a lot of stress in your life, burning incense will make you feel much better.

3. Reduce Anxiety
Anxiety is a heightened state of emotion tied to worry or fear. There are smells and fragrances that can calm your nerves and reduce anxiety. 

4. Healing
Smells heal. Smells can also encourage your body to heal faster physically. There seems to be some brain message tie-in with certain smells that cue your body to create healthy cells to replace dead or diseased cells. 

5. Wake Up!
If you're like most people, you reach for a cup of coffee in the morning to wake up. However, the downside is that you will crash, feel jittery, and feel even more tired later. Smells alone can awaken parts of your brain that are feeling sluggish, which in turn wakes you up without the shock of caffeine.

6. Awaken or Reawaken Creativity
Wanting to be more creative requires a unique skill to tap within you. If you are already creative but you are feeling a creative slump lately, then the same smells that awaken creativity can reawaken creativity. They include citrus-y smells and Ylang-Ylang.

7. Get "in the Mood"
Not feeling especially sexy lately? A little hint of this or that scent can switch on your sexy brain. They include roses (how romantic!), cinnamon (which somehow works really well on men), and jasmine, which is intoxicating and hypnotic in its floral notes.

8. Help for Sleepless Nights
Incense can help you drift off into a lovely deep sleep. If you struggle with insomnia or a brain that just won't shut off when you are ready to sleep, try lavender and/or chamomile.

9. Cover Stinky Odors
Everyone's home has something funky or smelly you don't want guests to whiff. Rather than a candle you have to remember to blow out when you aren't home, light incense. It burns, covers bad odors, and goes out when the scent powder portion is gone.

10. Increase Focus
Skip the ADHD meds. Light an Aloeswood scent instead. It will switch on the part of your brain that is required to focus on tasks on hand.

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