Live Better: Incense to Soothe Your Soul (And Make Your House Smell Amazing)

Find comfort in warm, floral scents.

Incense is a blend of natural wood resin mixed with herbs, botanicals and essential oils to create a fragrant, slow-burning smoke that infuses the air with its fragrance. And although incense has been used for centuries in ceremonies and rituals around the world, it’s never been easier to find just the right scent to create serenity in your home. Here’s how.

Cleansing

Found all over the world, this ancient scent comes in long, thin spindles meant to ground and soothe your body. Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa

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One benefit of incense is it can eliminate impurities in the air around you. In ancient times, ceremonial smoke was believed to purify the atmosphere. While science hasn’t been able to verify that yet, incense certainly does mask and eliminate some unpleasant odors.

Meditative

Comes with seven scents: jasmine, lavender, rose, sandalwood, green tea, apple and osmanthus. SPACEKEEPER

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Due to the resin content, incense burns down slowly and creates a small amount of thick smoke. Incense sticks burn longer than cones, but cones offer easier cleanup because the ash stays in the cone shape, rather than falling off the end of the stick. Simply watching the smoke rise (or fall if you have an inverted incense burner) can become a simple act of multi-sensory meditation.

Ritual

Comes with a sturdy holder to capture excess ash as it burns down. Tom’s Incense

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Incense can be used to set a tone for a task or time of day. Light up a stick when you’re relaxing in the bath or getting ready for bed to give your body a cue that it’s time to slow down.

Balancing

Floral undertones invoke uplifting, tranquil vibes from head to toe. Satya

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Bringing your body into balance is tricky when you are in a state of overwhelm. Some people find that incense is a great tool to help slow things down and restore the body and brain connection, especially when incorporated in a mediation practice.