Since ancient times, burning incense has been part of religious rituals all over the world. To date, people continue to do this ritual because of various reasons. Some do it to cleanse the air, or to mark an occasion. Some just do it because it makes them feel good. And the list goes on. Let me share with you the ten reasons why I love to burn incense, whenever I can!
Burn incense is the perfect kick-starter
I simply love burning incense in the morning to start my day right. Back in my homeland in Somalia, my grandmother loves to do just this, and I would immediately feel like it’s going to be a great day.
Burning incense can improve your mood
Some studies report that the effect smelling good aroma, which is generated from burning incense, helps raise the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a natural mood stabilizer that helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion. It helps reduce depression, regulate anxiety and reduce headaches.
Burn incense helps you relax and unwind
When I am feeling kinda stressed from work or after a long day, I turn to my trusty incense burner and place a piece of frankincense or Myrrh Resin Incense on it. The sweet, woody, and earthy aroma of frankincense easily makes me feel good.
Burning incense is a must-have for yoga practice
If doing yoga is part of your daily routine, burning incense is good for you. You can transform your yoga practice with a fragrant aroma as you do your poses. I recommend using frankincense as it helps cleanse and purify the air in an indoor space.
Burning incense is a classic for meditation
Of course, whenever I want to have some quiet time and meditate, burning incense is a must. Some people say that they meditate not just to uplift their spirits, but also to relieve subjective levels of mental illnesses. Both Frankincense Resin Incense and myrrh resin have been proven to improve feelings of anxiety and depression when burned as incense.
Burning incense can improve focus
Whenever I have piles of paperwork to do, I burn incense too. It helps me gain focus, especially now that I am mostly at home. It helps me concentrate and achieve my tasks at hand.
Burning incense improves spiritual health
Incense is and has been used in many religions all over the world, may it be Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. All over the years, burning of incense has been considered a pathway to formal and informal spirituality.
Burn incense promotes self-care
As for me, to burn incense is a way to show that I care and love myself. It means that I acknowledge the intention of doing something to improve my mood or my surroundings.
Burning incense helps purify the air
Studies show that burning frankincense and myrrh resin helps cleanse the air and prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Burn incense smells good!
Last, but not the least, I love burning incense just because I love how the smell makes me feel. When there’s a certain smell in the house that I just want to get rid of, may it be from the kitchen, pets, or damp clothes, incense always does the magic for me.
I think this is an adequate list for people who are new to burning incense. If you’ve read this far, then take this as a sign that you have to try burning incense yourself. Take it from me – burning incense has benefits for your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Allow incense to purify your home, and bring peace to your mind, body, and soul.
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