Benefits of Incense


Most people who never or seldom use incense often think of it simply as an air freshener or an odor eater and are unaware of the many benefits it has to the mind and body. Below are outlines of why just about every religion and culture since the beginning of time has used incense for its spiritual powers, why tribal healers and physicians throughout history have used incense for its healing powers, why monks have used incense for thousands of years for its concentration powers, and why artists use incense to inspire creativity.

Enhancing Concentration & Focus Whether it is during study or at work, the use of specific incenses enables clear thinking and helps in developing a state of complete awareness. Monks recognized this benefit of incense long ago and use it during their meditation to clear the air as well as their thoughts.

Stimulating Creativity Similar to an enjoyable song or beautiful scenery can inspire the imagination, a pleasing aroma can get the creative energy flowing. The many botanical scents of incense can transport one’s mind away to a tropical island, a rainforest, a mountainous range, or any other earthly heaven.

Increasing Motivation Incense has long been used by religious and spiritual leaders to purify the air and the soul. Certain incense smoke has antibacterial, fungicidal, and insecticidal properties and, therefore, really does purify the air. It is said that the incense increases positive energy and drives away negative energy. The pure air is like health food for the brain and the body, resulting in an increased motivation and energy level.

Boosting Confidence With increased focus, creativity, and motivation naturally comes increased confidence. When your body is relaxed and your brain is firing on all cylinders, you’re at your best, and when you’re at your best, you’re at your most confident. Burning incense before a big date, a big test, or a big presentation can really increase your confidence and, therefore, your chances of success.

Preventing Infections Many types of incense have antibacterial properties and can be used as a disinfectant to kill germs in the environment. In a recent Chinese study, incense was used to sterilize a hospital ward and was found to be just as effective as more standard means of sterilization such as using steam. By keeping your environment sterile, you can prevent infections and disease.

Fighting Depression A study from an international team of scientists has discovered how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain that alleviate anxiety or depression. Incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, was administered to mice and found to stimulate TRPV3, a protein which helps reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. The compound significantly affected brain areas known to be involved in emotions as well as in nerve circuits that are affected by current anxiety and depression drugs.

Reducing Anxiety & Tension The calming effects of incense are well known by Monks and spiritual leaders. Certain incense aromas work to slow down the heart rate and soothe nerves. These calming effects help to relieve built up tension in the muscles, enabling incense to also be used as a muscle relaxer.


incense   عود

air freshener  خوشبو کننده هوا

odor   بو

religion   مذهب

culture   فرهنگ

spiritual   معنوی

tribal   قبیله

healing   شفا

creativity   خلاقیت

enhance   افزودن

concentration   تمرکز

awareness   آگاهی

Monks   راهبان

stimulate   تحریک کردن

scenery   چشم انداز

aroma   عطر

botanical scents   رایحه گیاهی

motivation   انگیزه

purify   تصفیه کردن

soul   روح

fungicidal   ضد قارچ

insecticidal   حشره کش

properties   خواص

pure air   هوای پاک

boost   زیاد کردن

confidence   اعتماد به نفس

burn   سوزاندن

prevent   جلو گیری کردن

infection   عفونت

disinfectant   ضدعفونی کننده

steam   بخار

frankincense   صمغ کندر

alleviate   کم کردن

reduce   کاستن

calming effects   اثرات آرام بخش

soothe   ارام کردن

nerves   اعصاب

relieve   از بین بردن



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