Incense is believed to have originated in Ancient Egypt, where spiritual leaders used it to fumigate tombs.
Incense has historically shown up in India and Southern Asia as early as 3300 BC. Religious and spiritual practitioners have used incense for centuries, from Buddhist monks to the gift of Frankincense and Myrrh Jesus Christ received at his birth.
Here are a 5 ways you can benefit from burning incense:
1. Purifies your space
Incense is used to purify your space. Some studies show that burning it for an hour can decrease the bacteria in the air by 94% as well as vaporize odors. Not only does incense purify your space physically but it is also believed to clear it energetically. You can crack a window in your home to assist in releasing negative energy through the aromatherapy of the incense and a place for it to escape.
2. Aids in Meditation
One use of incense is to aid in meditation. Because incense has such a calming effect on the mind, it is excellent for support in concentration activities, like meditation. When meditating, the goal is to quiet the mind's chatter and inner thoughts and becoming totally present by focusing on the breath, but the scent itself can be used as your point of focus as well.
3. Better sleep
Burning incense before bedtime can be a great way to improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia. Incorporating aromatherapy regularly into your evening routine can be used as a "sleepy cue" for your brain to start preparing for a restful nights sleep.
4. Natural aphrodisiac
Incense is sensual by nature and can be used to set the mood for intimate connection. It has been found that certain scents can increase blood flow, as well as stimulate areas of the brain associated with arousal and relaxation.
5. Increased Focus
You may find that as you study, work or read, burning incense helps you maintain a state of flow and limit distractions. As mentioned above regarding meditation, incense increases concentration, but it does this not only when sitting quietly, but also during everyday activities that require a focused mind.
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