Incense Sticks uses:
Fragrances evoke specific responses in human minds that can be effectively utilised to achieve one's mental and physical well-being. Here are some ways how aromas from incense sticks help to build a feel-good ambience in homes:
Manage anxiety and stress:
Lavender, rosemary and sandalwood incense sticks reduce stress and anxiety levels. These fragrances help optimise heart rate and breathing, thus aiding in managing one's mental well-being.
Incense sticks have traditionally been found to enhance human senses, increase attention span, and uplift people's overall mood. They slowly became a natural choice to accompany meditations. Amongst the most commonly used fragrances during meditation are Lotus and Sandalwood.
Natural Incense sticks with flower fragrances such as lavender, chamomile and vetiver are effective in fighting insomnia. Leave a scented incense stick burning overnight with open windows to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Burning incense sticks is part of almost all religious practices. It has been part of the Hindu pooja essentials for thousands of years. It is also one of the most visible symbols in spiritual practices in Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and many more religions worldwide. Incense sticks are regularly used to elevate one's spiritual experience during religious rituals.
Organic Incense sticks with specific aromas are excellent natural substitutes for some synthetic medications. Scents such as Rose blended with Aloeswood raise serotonin in the brain, which helps improve appetite and digestion. It is also helpful in managing headaches and helps treat depression. Fragrances such as Cinnamon, Jasmine and Vanilla are effective aphrodisiacs. Nag Champa incense stick is considered to have anti-bacterial properties that help cleanse the air, thus preventing respiratory and skin diseases.
Choosing the right incense stick
Understanding how the right type of aromas can aid a healthy mind and body, the obvious next step would be to know about choosing the right one. Here are some easy and valuable pointers to be kept in mind while selecting the next incense stick:
Choose Natural incense sticks only
Look for the term ‘natural incense sticks’ on the packet before buying them. This ensures that incense sticks are made from natural materials and are suitable for health. One must ensure that the raw materials used to make the fragrance should be derived from pure organic extracts. Avoid incense sticks containing essential oils, as they can produce carcinogenic smoke. Organic incense sticks, made from pure herbs, are the best as they burn clean and produce whiter smoke, which was called an ‘elegant cloud’ in ancient times.
Look out for the smoke
Incense sticks burn longer than other incense forms, producing more smoke. Therefore, it is essential to differentiate between smoke and scent and choose a low-smoke incense stick for one's house. Low-quality incense sticks can produce lots of smoke that would leave a horrible smell on curtains, sofas and bed sheets. It can also trigger health issues in infants, children and adults with a history of asthma and other respiratory conditions. Always choose charcoal-free incense sticks.
Made from eco-friendly and Recycled materials
With so many brands of incense sticks on the market, choosing the best one is difficult. The best incense sticks in India are made from 100% natural ingredients and do not contain any harsh chemicals. In recent times, innovative methods have been adopted that use recycled raw materials to create safe, responsible and healthy incense sticks. One such example is incense sticks from flower waste which are made from flower waste collected from temples, functions and other such places.
Have the right incense holder
Understanding the importance of using the right type of incense stick holder is very important for those who regularly use incense sticks. The holder should hold the incense stick tightly, ensuring it does not fall during burning. It should also be able to collect the entire residue and prevent the ash from flying around the house.
Featured below are selected high-quality incense sticks and accessories from the best incense sticks in India.
Esscent by Arpan’s Incense sticks pack contains 40 sticks with the aroma of rose flower, also called the ‘emperor of flowers and scents’ due to its aesthetic appeal and benefits for our health. These charcoal-free natural incense sticks come wrapped in butter paper and a cotton pouch, along with an incense stick holder.
This Already Blessed’s product contains 40 Incense sticks from flower waste and other natural fragrances. It is also a charcoal-free incense stick. The proceeds from these organic incense sticks go to charity organisations that work to empower economically disadvantaged women.
The Aadhar Black Marble Incense Sticks Holder by Vata Living needs to be part of one’s exclusive pooja essentials. These little beauties are handcrafted from pure Kota marble by artisans from Kishangarh in Rajasthan. Moreover, their simple yet functional design ensures that residues from the incense stick are collected at the bottom after burning.
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