There are good smells, there are bad ones. And our perception of aromas as pleasant or unpleasant is not accidental and is far from being as subjective as it seems. Regarding most fragrances, people have a general opinion and assessment of them as pleasant or unpleasant. And this is due to the fact that any fragrance carries energy, and therefore aromas with sublime, pure energy is perceived by the majority as pleasant. And aromas with rough energy and energy of low quality are perceived as unpleasant.

Effects of Aroma

However, there is also such an interesting observation: if a person himself is in low-quality energy, then smells that have approximately the same energy level will most likely be pleasant for him. For example, if a person’s energy is coarse and low-frequency, then he may be pleased with the smell of cigarette smoke or alcohol. 

But for a person whose energy level is higher in quality, such aromas will be unpleasant. And as the energy level of the person himself changes, his perception of the world, including smells, also changes. For example, if a person stops eating meat, then over time his energy changes to a subtle one, and the smell of meat dishes, which used to cause salivation, becomes unpleasant.

Thus, aromas influence our consciousness and the reality around us. And it can be used as a tool. Such a thing as incense can become a serious assistant on the path of spiritual development. However, is everything so clear-cut here?

Benefits of incense sticks

As mentioned above, aromas affect our consciousness. There is even such a direction in non-traditional medicine as Aromatherapy, where all treatment is based on the effect of aromas on the mind and body of a person. Many aromas have antiseptic and antibacterial properties, they calm the psyche, eliminate fears, melancholy, and depression, they can even help with chronic panic attacks, and relieve a person of headaches and colds. For example:

  • The aroma of jasmine calms the nervous system, while bergamot, on the contrary, tones, eliminates fatigue, and gives vigor. 
  • Aroma of camphor will help eliminate inflammation, and ylang-ylang will give self-confidence. 
  • The aroma of lemon has a general strengthening effect on the nervous system, and vanilla makes people more joyful, pleasant in communication, and cheerful. 

From the above, we can conclude that with the help of aromas you can influence the body, the psyche, and even the space around you. Lighting a vanilla incense burner stick is enough to make people around you become more joyful, cheerful, and friendly to each other. 

Harms of Incense Sticks

In our wonderful world, there is nothing absolutely good or absolutely bad. And even the most positive phenomenon has some disadvantages. Incense sticks are no exception. Improper use of incense sticks can lead to sad consequences. It is important to know that the incense stick should smolder, not burn. 

During combustion, processes occur that produce a large number of carcinogens. Like any smoke that enters the lungs, the smoke from burning incense sticks has a detrimental effect on the human body. Therefore, the incense stick must smolder.

But even if the incense stick smolders, in the process of this, the room is still gradually filled with smoke, which contains the decay components of resin and essential oils. These components can cause various inflammatory processes in the human mucous membranes – eyes, nose, and respiratory organs. 

Tips To Avoid Harmful Effects of Incense Sticks

To avoid the harmful effects of incense sticks, you should adhere to the following rules:

  • Use incense only from natural ingredients
  • Use incense sticks only in ventilated areas to avoid high concentrations of smoke
  • Do not use incense on a regular basis, but only to solve a specific problem
  • Do not light several flavors at the same time

Thus, incense sticks are an excellent tool for spiritual development and harmonization of the environment. However, it should be handled with care so as not to cause yourself more harm than good.