It’s no secret that incense has clout when it comes to spirituality. Every religion and faith uses incense in some form, so what’s all the fuss about? We have done some digging and decided on our ultimate 10 spiritual benefits of burning incense.
Incense has a diverse history and has been burned for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations used incense as a part of religious ceremonies and celebrations. In fact, it is still widely used today. Whether used as part of a ritual or just a peaceful meditation, there are tons of spiritual benefits to burning incense.
When Should I Burn Incense?
The best time to burn incense is… whenever you want! Incense smells great and will give your space a warm and inviting aroma. Not to mention its stress-reducing properties which make it a great all-rounder.
However, if spirituality is your goal, read for situations to get the best spiritual benefits of burning incense.
When burned, the various natural herbs, spices, and resins that make up the incense release their natural healing properties into the atmosphere. This promotes relaxation and induces a meditative state. For example, sandalwood is incredibly grounding, and lavender provides excellent clarity during meditation.
Incense is very common in religious settings and has a long history dating back to the early years of many modern religions. Ever hear the story of the 3 wise men? Their gifts to baby Jesus were Frankincense, Myrrh, and Gold.
This is a testament to the spiritual value of Frankincense and Myrrh, two of the most common incense resins today.
Native Americans burn bundles of sage, or smudge sticks, to rid a space of negative energies, and replace them with positive ones. This tradition has been passed on and is still commonly practiced in modern Western societies.
There are many more spiritual or religious situations in which you could use incense, including trying to communicate with loved ones who have passed over.
What Is Natural Incense?
Natural incense involves a choice or blend of pure botanicals, cold-pressed botanicals (into oils) and/or resins.
Burning these natural substances in their true form is not only better for your mind, body and spirituality, but it makes for a fresher and less harsh home scent.
What Makes Natural Incense Our Favourite?
From our own research, we have found natural incense to produce a fresher odour! We love to burn botanicals and essential oils as it produces a true and natural scent. You can smell the plants in their true form.
On a cold and winters night we burn a blend of spiced and sweet botanicals to bring warmth and comfort. And on a spring morning we burn floral and fresh leaves and petals. This brings a bit of the fresh outdoors into your home!
What are the Spiritual Benefits of Burning Natural Incense?
1. Cleanse Negative Energy
Native Americans use bundles of sage known as smudge sticks to cleanse spaces of malevolent spirits. To do this, a bunch of sage is tied together in a bundle and it is then burned in the corners of rooms to rid the space of negative energy. Natural Incense provides the same desired effect. The natural smoke when burning natural incense releases negativity deterring fumes into your environment.
2. Provides Grounding During Prayer
Earthy botanicals such as Myrrh are great for grounding. This resin is made from the sap of certain trees and is a prized ancient commodity. Ancient cultures used it only in the most sacred spaces due to its divine nature.
3. Improves Concentration During Meditation
Light, floral, and citrusy incense such as lavender and lemongrass are excellent for boosting concentration during meditation. They are also natural mood lifters, so you can feel calm, focused, and happy during your mindfulness session.
4. Clears the Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is responsible for love, compassion, and forgiveness. Not only that, but it acts as a bridge between our physical world and the spiritual. Patchouli and rose incense are great for unblocking the heart chakra.
5. Incense is a Delivery Vehicle for our Prayers
Many cultures believe that burning incense during prayer ensures that prayers are answered. The aromatic smoke of the burning incense transports prayers to the spirit world, allowing communication with the spiritual world.
6. Promotes Mindfulness
Stimulating the senses during a time of meditation ensures a state of mindfulness. This is crucial because, without a state of absolute presence, the mediation is likely to be difficult due to stray thoughts.
7. Provides a Connection to the Divine
Many ancient cultures burned incense to connect with the higher spiritual world. Many cultures still pray whilst holding joss sticks (incense sticks with a bamboo core) to allow the sweet smell of the smoke to carry their wishes directly to the higher realms. Other cultures burn plants and resins to connect with the earth and nature and worship higher connections.
8. Increases Serotonin
Serotonin is responsible for regulating anxiety and, in the correct amounts, promotes feelings of happiness. Cinnamon incense is great for increasing serotonin and reducing anxiety, allowing for a calming and productive prayer.
9. Increases Creativity
Some incense is an excellent tool for improving clarity and creativity, which is great for those looking to attempt a more complex meditation. Vanilla is a fantastic incense to burn if you are looking for some creative spark.
10. Induces Visions and Dreams
Come incense prompts psychic visions during times of prayer or meditation. This makes it a great tool for those looking to contact the divine. Opium is one of the more common incense varieties to produce mystical visions. It can also bring about lucid dreams.
The Bottom Line
Incense stands the test of time when it comes to spirituality. After all, it has origins in just about every religion, both modern and ancient. As human consciousness continues to explore and expand, we can’t wait to see what the future of incense has in store.