I do love the smell of incense burning in the house. As I sit here writing this post, the aroma of white sage fills the air. There is just something so relaxing about the smell of white sage. I personally think that the burning of white sage can magically transform the feeling of a room.
I have recently had a birthday and I was grateful to receive some white sage and also some Japanese rose incense sticks. I have never used Rose incense sticks before and I admit that the aroma is really growing on me.
We used to burn quite a lot of incense in my younger days, but with one thing and another the practice was put to oneside, now I am bringing it back again to reap its many benefits.
Why Use Incense
Incense and perfumes have a very long history, and there use goes much further than just making a person or a room smell nice. How many times do we smell something and that aroma transports us back in time to either a positive or negative event in our lives. Aromas do indeed have magical powers.
Aromas can also be used to heal spiritually, and expand our consciousness. The use of incense can improve our meditations by helping to remove negative influences, and creating a pleasant environment in which to meditate or pray.
There are literally hundreds of aromatic substances that we can benefit from, and these are generally derived from plants. I will list some of the aromas I have discoverd later.
It is essential that when purchasing incense that you source the highest quality possible, as some unreputable brands are made with toxic chemicals. It is worth taking you time when seeking good quality incense, usually as with most things the higher the quality, the higher the price.
When using incense it in essential that you use your common sense and do not leave incense burning near items of a flammable nature. You can also benefit from incense without having to burn it by using a diffuser or other similar devices that generate aromas into the atmosphere by using water
Uses of Aromatics
There are three ways that the use of incense and perfumes can be beneficial. Use caution when using these plants, and do your own research to ensure your safety, and the safety of your loved ones.
- Spiritually cleaning your local environment (ie; home, office etc).
- Sulfur, benzoin, copal, asafetida, sage, juniper, and rue.
- Perfuming your environment after the spiritual cleaning.
- Frankincense, sandalwood, pine, cedar, rose, jasmine and many more.
- Healing of self or others.
- I don’t have any experience in this as yet, but I understand that there are aromas/incense that are connected with our zodiac sign that can really be beneficial to our health.
How Often Should Incense Be Used
This is a personal question that depends on the needs of the individual. Some people may need to spiritually cleanse their environments weekly or monthly depending of the level of spiritual contamination that is present from things like negativity of self or others.
I would suggest that perfuming is performed daily with high quality incense, once again this is down to individual preference.
I would personally encourage everyone to try incense to see how it benefits their mood, and the mood of those around them. I know some people might think that burning incense of for women, new age space cadets, hippies or what not, but I don’t agree.
If your sceptical, then open your mind and give it a try, it might surprise you.
All the best,
(Enjoying his ‘Japanese Rose Garden’)