Known for its unique aroma and calming essence, Lavender remains one of the most talked about herbs. But there is so much more to this special plant and scent than what we are told...
Lavender has a long and ancient history as a popular incense fragrance. But the question remains - why were our ancestors SO infatuated by this scent? Read on to learn more about Lavender incense and its groundbreaking, healing benefits.
What is Lavender?
The genus Lavandula (Lavender in Latin) is an evergreen shrub native to areas of the Mediterranean, India, and the Middle East. They now thrive in sun-providing areas across the world. Commonly found in Europe, these delicate shrubs make for garden decor during spring and summer time.
Lavender has many uses, however, its popularity remains thanks to its one-of-a-kind, herbaceous fragrance. Nowadays, Lavender-scented products have taken over the world, and there is no doubt as to why.
What is Lavender Incense?
Incense is an ancient and sacred tool used to cleanse spaces from negativity, bad odours, and evil spirits. Many ancient and spiritual relics found healing properties within burning plant matter - this sparked the revelation of incense.
For thousands of years, people have burned Lavender incense as part of various spiritual
/religious ceremonies and rituals. Nowadays Lavender incense is increasing in popularity within spa, yoga, and reiki settings, thanks to its calming energy and healing scent.
So what form does Lavender incense take?
Lavender incense has multiple forms, whether: stick, cone, coil, or natural. Our favourite is Lavender natural incense - a luxurious combination of its natural flowers, leaves, stems, and steam-distilled essential oil.
To learn more about natural incense and how to burn it: CLICK HERE
What does Lavender Incense Smell Like?
Natural Lavender incense makes for a unique but popular aroma, much like the herb itself. It is best described as sweet, floral, earthy, and wildly herbaceous, a combination that provides a fresh and long-lasting fragrance for your space.
Our 5 Favourite Lavender Incense Benefits
1. Great For Sleep
Lavender has wild tranquil effects that help to relax tensions and improve sleep.
When I was a child, my mum would put a bag of Lavender herbs or a dab of its oil under my pillow. In my toddler and energetic years, I struggled with falling asleep - Lavender helped to soothe my mind and body, allowing me to swiftly drift off.
To this day I place Lavender under my pillow or I burn its natural incense when I struggle to sleep. However, it is important to always ensure you burn your Lavender incense before
falling asleep. We have broken down the safest incense-burning practices for cones
, and loose incense
2. Improves Sex Drive in Women
Though surprising to some, Lavender incense creates an extremely sensual and passion-enhancing aroma. It not only increases libido, but, it also uplifts moods and energises, thus allowing for more fun and carefree sex. Lavender incense can also align the Heart Chakra
, a Chakra that is closely related to love, sex, and empathy.
Fun Fact: Natural Lavender, whether topically applied, consumed, or burnt as incense, can also help to reduce period cramps.
3. Contains Powerful Antioxidants
Lavender oil is enriched with natural medicinal/healing qualities. Not only is it great for easing stress and anxiety
, but It contains phenolic acids which have strong antioxidant properties. These acids can also naturally reduce inflammation within the body and help those who struggle with allergies. Though for best results topically applied or consumed is deemed more effective (consult with a professional healthcare practitioner first and do not consume directly, find specialised products), burning natural Lavender essential oil and its flowers can also have positive and antioxidising effects.
Fun Fact: Lavender massage oil is a great way to ease muscle tension, promote sensuality, and provide relaxation.
4. Clears The Crown Chakra
Sahasrara, the Sanskrit name for the Crown Chakra, is the seventh aligning Chakra and is the pathway between the physical self and other spiritual realms. When our Crown Chakra is weak, our sense of enlightenment, spirituality, and wisdom seems to suffer. Luckily, Lavender incense promotes mindfulness, concentration, and spiritual clarity, so it is the perfect partner for clearing the Crown Chakra.
To unblock the Crown Chakra, burn Lavender incense during a yoga session, when you have a creative block, whilst practising meditation, and during prayer or worship. Alternatively, find a relaxing space and repeat Crown Chakra strengthening affirmations.
5. Naturally Cleanses
Lavender shrubs are a member of the Lamiaceae (mint) family. However surprising, this means it has natural, wildly cleansing properties. These cleansing abilities can act as a natural deodoriser, thus great for removing bad odours. Additionally, thanks to its natural antibacterial properties, the smoke helps to disinfect and cleanse the atmosphere in the room.
Fun Fact: Lavender essential oil can also help deter nasty pests: flies, moths, beetles, mosquitos, and fleas.
The Bottom Line
Lavender incense is one of our favourites - there are countless reasons why. Not only does it smell incredible, but you can always count on a restful night's sleep when Lavender is around. Lavender is soothing, healing, fresh, and anti-inflammatory, so what's not to love?
Lavender Incense FAQs
What is Lavender incense used for?
Lavender incense is mainly burned before bedtime to promote a long and restful sleep.
What does Lavender incense do?
Lavender incense emits a calming aroma, which creates a peaceful and warm environment, which is great for reducing symptoms of anxiety.
What does Lavender incense do spiritually?
Lavender incense is a great tool to use to clear the Crown Chakra. Also, it can promote mindfulness, relaxation, and concentration, which is great for meditation.
How long does Lavender incense last?
Lavender incense sticks burn for roughly 30 - 50 minutes, while Lavender incense cones burn for around 30 - 40 minutes, The scent will stay in the room for hours after, slowly getting weaker. Natural Lavender incense burns for around 10-20 minutes, however, its fragrance is much fresher and healing.