Aside from the delicious smell that spreads throughout the space when you light incense, there are a few other benefits to note in the meditation and general well-being department. The varying aromas are known to stimulate different things–from frankincense, sandalwood, and sage scents there to help stere negative energy away, while also
enhancing meditation and alleviating stress, to cinnamon for balancing emotions. Amber is known to assist in letting go and sleep meditation.
Think of this practice as a ritual. It may take some time to find your go-to scent, whether your into something smoky, floral, or beyond, but once you find it, you can make it part of your daily practice, be it in the morning when you wake up to meditate or relax, or while you’re taking a bath, or just lounging to pour yourself a glass of wine or hot tea.
A few others to note: jasmine, for its calming properties (some say it helps with depression), lavender and pine for alleviating stress, chamomile for inspiring contentment and warmth, and lemongrass for inspiring alertness and higher energy, while also being calming for anxiety.
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By Alexis Bendjouia