Amongst boggy swamps and dirty waters, you may spot a group of unique and colourful blossoms... Lotus flowers. From red, white, pink and yellow, Lotus makes the darkest of waters look beautiful. However, there is much more to Lotus than just its striking looks. Lotus is not only one of the most sacred symbols for peace and serenity, but it is also a popular incense scent, burned for healing, growth, and spiritual clarity!
Read on to learn more.
“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of the water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world.” ~ Buddha
What is Lotus Incense?
The Lotus flower (Nelumbo Nucifera in Latin) is a bright, delicate, and striking plant which grows above the surface of dark swamps and murky waters (usually confused with lilies which float on the surface). Originating in areas of Africa, Asia, India, and Australia, the Lotus flower now grows in places all across the globe, becoming a popular sign that spring and summer are around.
Knowledge of Lotus' sacredness originates in early Buddhism, becoming a symbol for our first aligning Chakra, the Root Chakra. The Lotus flower is somewhat of a religious animism - a common representation of peace, wisdom, and abundance. There are many depictions and sacred texts including Lotus, some dating back to even 1500 BC.
In ancient Egypt, the Lotus was seen to ease suffering and produce sunlight, and Ra, the God of the Sun, would disappear amongst the closing Lotus and reappear as it bloomed in the morning. The Lotus flower is also a prominent feature in ancient Grecian Folklore where its name is mentioned in their mythological stories, one being the "Lotus-eaters".
Lotus is known for its energy-giving, healing essence, perfect for bringing about love and abundance whilst purifying a space. This is why Lotus was, and is one of the most popular and sacred incense scents, popularly used for enhancing meditation practices and cleansing places of worship.
Lotus incense comes in many forms from Sticks, Cones, Coils, and our favourite, Natural!
Incense Sticks: Incense sticks are an easy, cheap solution to incense burning. They consist of a combination of fragrant aromatics and combustible wood powders that form a paste. This is then set around a small stick, usually made from bamboo. Incense sticks produce a strong, pleasant aroma, however, most sticks available today have added chemicals which can be harmful to the body. This also applies to cones and coils.
Natural Incense: We may be biased, but we believe natural incense to be the best, all-rounded incense. So what is it? Natural incense is a combination of natural and aromatic substances sourced from various plant materials, including Resin - found within the bark of certain tropical trees, Essential oil - extracted from flowers, herbs, leaves, bark, fruit, spices, nuts, and seeds, and Botanicals - simply dried aromatic plant life. Natural incense is the most ancient form of incense burning, whilst also being the most healing, fragrant, and energising.
Lotus natural incense consists of burning its essential oil and its dried leaves, petals, and stems, however, we like to mix things up by combining different scents. Benzoin resin and Sweet Orange oil are great complimentary scents for Lotus. For more on natural incense and how to burn it, Click here.
What Does Lotus Incense Smell Like?
The Lotus flower itself has a strong aquatic smell, however, after cleaning the flower and burning it as incense, its wonderful floral, perfumed, and spring-like essence bursts forth. Due to the minimal smoke Lotus incense produces, its floral notes dominate over the smell of burning, thus leaving your home smell fresh, earthly, and new.
Our Top 4 Favourite Benefits Of Lotus Incense
Finding our spirituality is perceived as one of the most healing, powerful accomplishments we can achieve in our lifetime, however, it can also be one of the hardest. Luckily there are many tools we can use to help us along our spiritual journey, one being 'incense'. Our smell is our most powerful sense, known to positively impact our neurological system and our heart's energy, and burning certain scents can improve different aspects of our lives.
Lotus Incense is especially revered for its spiritual benefits, it is protective, focus-enhancing, and energy-purifying, perfect for meditation practices. Lotus incense has been a part of many traditions and religions - primarily in Asian countries - due to these powerful effects.
Having a strong connection to the Root Chakra, Lotus incense offers security and peace to an individual.
Lotus flowers have a strong connection to water and nature, this being said natural lotus incense is burnt it naturally provides flowing, soothing and grounding energy into your surroundings. This can make your body akin to the earth, and create feelings of abundance and gratitude.
Thanks to Lotus' delicate, earthly, and floral essence, Lotus incense creates a tranquil and purified atmosphere, the perfect scent for healing our energy and the energy around us. Lotus incense is best used in stress-induced activities such as: studying, working, and organising, and this is because it can relieve symptoms co-siding. These symptoms include:
- Lack of motivation
- Sleep deprivation
Lotus is also known for increasing positive brain stimulation and for hormone balancing, thus proving its benefits.
As well as the Root Chakra, the fragrance produced by Lotus incense allows for a deep connection with the Heart Chakra, our fourth energy centre affecting our relationships, love life, and libido. Lotus incense has natural hormonal benefits which can help when emotions and reactions affect your love life, confidence, and mood.
Lotus' floral, earthly aroma is also known for increasing lust, love, compassion, and empathy, perfect for when the Heart Chakra is out of alignment.
Improves Brain Function and Creativity
Lotus Incense is widely recognised for its potent cognitive-improving powers, the best being its ability to promote brain stimulation through its calming scent and energy. This encourages your mental performance to improve, thus you to succeed.
People also use Lotus incense to enhance their creative minds, many people find it easier to concentrate and imagine when burning Lotus. Some of the best artists, yoga enthusiasts, religious leaders, and actors burn incense for these purposes.