We all love the smell of incense burning after a long day of cleaning and straightening up the house. While incense is a fantastic way to freshen the air there is also a spiritual aspect to it all. Let me explain.
What is Incense?
Incense is a natural resin, gums, essential oils, and herbs have been burned for years for spiritual, medical, and fragrance purposes. Unfortunately, the most commonly used incense sticks are synthetic that can fill your home with toxic substances. Ideally, if you have the time it’s really simple to make your own if you have time.
Incense comes in multiple forms such as a loose powder, blank sticks dipped in essential oils or fragrances oil coated with combustible powder then left to dry. They also have hand-rolled incense sticks and cones natural cones are available but typically they are synthetic. Lastly, smudge sticks and Koh; the Japanese word for incense that is a dough-like mixture of natural powdered wood, oils, resins herbs rolled out into a thin noodle-like form, they then cut the noodle and leave it out to dry.
When the incense is burned it is believed to ward off negative spirits and purify the air making way for positivity to fill your space. This is why when you have a fight or are in a bad mood and release that energy into the room its good to light some incense or smudge the room so that the negative vibes will leave.
Incense is also used for meditation it is believed to help cleanse the air, calm the mind, and induce a meditative state. Most types of incense for spirituality purpose use resin-like Myrrh. You can use whatever you like though. What I personally love about spirituality is that it’s really up to you and what works for you. I prefer sandalwood honestly which has to be it works for me, as long as you’re respectable about it you’re good to go.
What are your favorite types of incenses? Do you want me to show you how to make your own loose incense at home? Let me know!