The benefits of incense

The benefits of incense

Alexandra Leon

Incense has been used for centuries throughout the world. It first appears in Valley of the Nile on the temple walls of Deir el-Bahari, where inscriptions show pictures of incense clouds. In China and Japan, records show incense being used in rituals to worship ancestors and the deities of their land.


Although its main use was religious, incense was also used as for aesthetic purpose in the home but also for its medicinal and therapeutic benefits.



Egyptians used the resin of the Boswellia sacra tree to create a sweet-smelling frankincense. By combining the scent with either a vegetable oil or animal fat, incense was created in two forms. Rods, spirals and cones burn on their own after being placed in a container and lit. Pastes or powders must be placed on top of fire, coal or ash where they burn steadily and slowly with the fire.



In addition to adding an aromatic benefit, incense can also be used as a tool against disease. The benefit offered by incense truly depends on the fragrances used but general benefits include:

  • Relieves headache symptoms
  • Stimulates concentration
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases virility
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps with depression
  • Strengthens memory
  • Helps with breathing
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Helps allergies.
  • Stabilizes moods.


TIP:  When buying incense, choose a brand made from natural and organic sources. These types of incense last much longer and have better scents.

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