Incense is an ancient spiritual tool used to cleanse energy and rid of bad odours. However, incense is different to how it used to be. Natural extracts, such as essential oils, resins, and botanicals, were burnt as a grounding and healing incense form, as opposed to modern incense with harmful additives. So read on as we discuss 'Why Burn Essential Oil as Incense? Plus Our Favourite Scents'.
What is Essential Oil?
Essential oil is the fragrant liquid extracted from the petals, leaves, meat, resin, stems, carpels, and bark of various plants, fruits, and seeds.
Extraction is commonly done through methods such as cold-pressing or steam distillation. These methods are ancient and extract the oil without removing the natural healing properties of the plant. Perhaps this is why essential oils were a main feature in ancient medicine and are now commonly used for holistic healing purposes.
Essential oils are also used for aromatherapy purposes, in cosmetics, for culinary reasons, and as (or in) cleaning disinfectant.
Why Burn Essential Oils as Incense?
Essential oils are great burnt as incense thanks to their potent scent and cleansing energy.
There are many different types of essential oil, each with their own unique aroma and beneficial properties. With all the variety of essential oil scents, you can create beautiful, healing fragrant blends, perfect for any occasion, mood, or feeling.
Essential oils are even more cleansing and spiritual-enhancing when burnt alongside botanicals and resins. This is what we at Burnt Beech call 'Natural Incense'.
Our Top 3 Essential Oils for Incense
Lavender is the perfect multi-purpose scent - it is soothing, fresh, seductive, and soul-healing.
This unique herb surprisingly part of the mint family. This means it has immense cleansing properties for example, it is naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Being part of the mint family, it is also naturally fresh in fragrance and deodorising, perfect for eliminating household bad odours.
Many holistic and medicinal healers recommend this Lavender to relieve tension and stress. Some evidence even suggests that its extracts can help to relieve symptoms coinciding with neurological disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Burning Lavender essential oil as incense can leave your space feeling tranquil and purified. It's unique, herbaceous, and wildly fresh essence makes it a natural soother for the mind, body, and soul. It is also great for improving sleep - we enjoy burning it an hour before bedtime to help us relax and to ultimately drift off.
Last but not least, Lavender is also an extremely seductive scent. Whether you decide to burn its essential oil and petals, or use massage oil with it in, It can help to strengthen the Heart Chakra, increase libido, and relax the body and mind.
Burning Lemon essential oil is one of the best ways to eliminate strong bad odours. It is a powerful scent, with properties perfect for purifying the air.
Most of us are familiar with the unique, zesty aroma of Lemon and Lemon-scented products. Luckily, the pleasant fragrance of Lemon remains in its natural essential oil, and we even believe it to be stronger, sweeter, and more inviting in comparison to other Lemon products.
Lemon essential oil is an avid mood booster. Its summery fragrance, uplifting energy, and natural soothing properties can help to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension. This is why many holistic, spiritual, and healing practitioners enjoy burning Lemon essential oil in their sessions; it helps to keep spirits high and negativity at bay.
Lemon essential oil, much like Lavender, is naturally cleansing. It has natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties - these properties help with infections, symptoms, and conditions such as skin wounds, nausea, stomach pain, throat infections, blocked sinuses, athletes foot, and acne.
Sweet and spicy Ginger essential oil is one our favourite scents around. Its warm, yet soothing, and wildly sultry essence makes it a popular scent within the spiritual community.
Ginger essential oil is another natural antioxidant, thus meaning it can fight harmful free radicals effecting your cell function. It has natural compounds great for reducing body inflammation and for fighting disease. Some studies even suggest that Ginger essential oil has the potential of being anti-cancerous, however, it is always important to speak to a healthcare professional before use.
Ginger has mood-boosting qualities. Its vibrant fragrance, alongside its wild soothing qualities, make it an avid positivity enhancer. Some evidence even suggests that Ginger essential oil can help to improve serotonin levels and reduce anxiety.
Ginger essential oil is Chakra aligning, however, it is best used for the Heart Chakra and Sacral Chakra. Both alike, these Chakras can impact our sex life - when these Chakras are functioning correctly, our libido and our sexual desires may increase. Research even suggests that Ginger can improve our state of arousal and increase sexual blood flow, thus naturally balancing these Chakras.
The Bottom Line
Burning essential oils as incense is a great way to connect with nature and align the seven Chakras.
Essential oils are potent and healing, and thanks to the wide variety, you are never bored.
Burning botanicals and resins alongside your essential oil can help to increase earthly energy, thus making your more grounded and tranquil.