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Incense sticks: 7 miraculous scents and their greatest strengths
Scent of the Orient
15. 1. 2020

Incense sticks: 7 miraculous scents and their greatest strengths

Stress, fatigue, depression... Unpleasant conditions that affect our mood and affect our functioning at home, work or school. There are plenty of ways and guidelines to get rid of such conditions. But not all of them bring with them the advantage of a pleasant aroma like incense sticks. Each scent has different properties and serves different purposes. We'll advise you on which scented sticks are right for you.

Where did the incense sticks come from?

The first references to the burning of various resins can be found in ancient Egypt. At that time, they served many purposes. The smell of incense was said to cover the unpleasant odour emanating from the tombs. However, it was not only a practical aspect, burning incense or myrrh also meant protection from evil spirits for the Egyptians and, in turn, an invitation to the gods in spiritual ceremonies. The earliest truly documented use of incense sticks comes from the ancient Chinese, who used bark and plants such as cinnamon and sandalwood, still popular today, for burning.

Nejstarší skutečně zdokumentované použití vonných tyčinek pochází od starověkých Číňanů, kteří k pálení využívali dodnes oblíbené kůry a rostliny jako skořice nebo santalové dřevo.


Get rid of anxiety and improve concentration

Today, incense sticks are far from being used only for religious rituals and scenting rooms. They can be found, for example, in massage, yoga or meditation. And you might be surprised to learn that it's not always just about creating a pleasant atmosphere. In fact, according to some studies, scents have a real impact on our psyche. For example, an international research team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Johns Hopkins University in the US concluded that burning incense activates ion channels in the brain that relieve anxiety or depression.

Dnes vonné tyčinky zdaleka nevyužíváme pouze pro náboženské rituály a provonění místností. Setkáme se s nimi například u masáží, při cvičení jógy nebo meditacích.

Because different scents affect us in different ways, it's a good idea to choose incense sticks according to what you intend to do with them. Here are some tips to help you navigate the selection process:
 
  • Frankincense, or incense, is one of the oldest resins used for burning. The scent of frankincense will help you better cope with anxious states and restore harmony to your mind, body and soul. In fact, the above-mentioned scientific study proves this.
  • If you need to maintain alertness and concentration, you can reach for sandalwood. This exotic wood has been used for centuries, especially in Eastern religions and spiritual movements. In India, for example, sandalwood is sacred and Hindus use it to worship one of the most important gods, Shiva.
  • Jasmine flowers are considered a natural antidepressant. In addition, it is a fragrance that stimulates affectionate feelings with its pleasant aroma. Jasmine is an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Nag Champa - an Indian blend of flowers and sandalwood that has become one of the most widely used and widely used scents in incense. Light a stick with this magical scent when you want to meditate and clear your space of negative energy.
  • Few plants are as associated with passion and love as the rose. And no wonder. Its charming appearance is complemented by its intoxicating scent, which is represented in aromatherapy not only as a nervousness reliever, but above all as an effective aphrodisiac.
  • For increased energy and better concentration, prefer cinnamon. It is probably the most versatile scent you can find in nature. In addition to the aforementioned effects, cinnamon increases appetite, boosts mental stamina and, like rose, has a positive effect on sexual libido.
  • The sweet scent of tropical patchouli has a relaxing effect, harmonising body and mind and awakening sensuality. Patchouli extracts are often used in perfumes because of its unmistakable and distinctive aroma, which was widely used in the 1960s by members of the hippie movement as a symbol of freedom. And often, among other things, to cover the strong odour of marijuana.

Incense sticks should primarily be used for your own pleasure. So you can follow our instructions, or simply choose any scent you like.

When burning incense sticks, remember to ventilate so that the smoke, symbolizing the impermanence of life, has somewhere to go and does not harm your health. Namaste.
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