The Ritual of Burning Incense

THE RITUAL OF BURNING INCENSE
Burning incense has been practiced throughout history and by many cultures and civilizations. It is known to have been used during meditation, in purification rites, to appease the gods, to positively affect the mind and mood, to honour the ancestors, along with a multitude of other purposes.
Below are just a few benefits of burning incense.
 
Relax and unwind

Light some Incense, curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea, a book and some chilled-out music. Alternatively, run a bath and replace candles with an Incense Stick or two. Soft fragrances will further enhance this time, allowing you to give yourself time and space away from the hassles of everyday living.
Meditation

Incense is used widely in many religious practices to deepen attention, heighten senses and uplift one’s own spirit when practicing meditation. Traditionally, the passing of time was also measured by the burning of set length incense sticks.
Sandalwoods and Lotus are used most frequently for meditation – but you chose what suits you best. One that transports you to the place you need to be, without taking over your thoughts.
Aid sleep

insomnia is an increasing, especially in our modern, always on and interrupt orientated society. Lavender is especially associated with an aid to sleep, as are Vetiver and Chamomile. Having an Incense stick burning when falling asleep is far safer than using a candle with its naked flame.
Medicinal

The effect of good aromas, generated from Incense sticks has been shown to raise serotonin in the brain, it may not only improve mood, but does so without side-effects or dangers of addiction. 
Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer and helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion. Serotonin also helps reduce depression, regulate anxiety and reduce headaches.

Spirituality


The burning of Incense can act as a doorway to spirituality, formal or informal, recognised religion or secular. Incense is and has been for thousands of years in daily use in many religions of the world. In the East and especially n Pakistan it’s believed that burning incense before sunset, rids of any negativity or evil spirits.
A magical experience

Scents arouse significant responses in our brains and can instantly remind us of past events, people and emotions. The good feelings are just a moment away.
 
Which is your favourite scent?