The power of scent has been proven to have a profound effect on our bodies.
Science has shown us that the sense of smell is closely linked to both emotional and memory.
That being the case, it’s not hard to see how such things may have an effect on our sense of well-being.
The health benefits of incense are immense according to many ancient cultures and beliefs.
Studies done at the University of Florida have shown that our sense of smell inhibits and excites cells in the olfactory region of the brain, and produces subtle changes in the brain.
The Research Center of Chicago had people smell sweet fruits multiple times, daily, and found that they would typically eat less, and lose more weight then the placebo controls put into place.
New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has shown that smelling lavender, or vanilla, can reduce feelings of anxiety.
The practice of burning incense goes back thousands of years to the ancient times of the Middle East and India.
Anecdotal accounts from these traditions state that incense produces both physical and mental effects within the body, and its use was quite prevalent in many spiritual and religious ceremonies.
Here is a list of scents and their corresponding health benefits:
Lavender has long been remembered for it’s significant calming effects.
Sandalwood is a woodsy, slightly musky scent which is commonly used in India for spiritual practice.
Rose is often considered to symbolize love and affection. It’s scent is thought to create balance.
Cedar is recommended for depression or sadness. It’s aroma will increase your mood and motivation.
Dragons Blood may lessen your perception of pain, and was a traditional remedy in Africa.
Jasmine is thought to raise libido and balance hormones.
Amber has long been a staple in incense traditions. Thought to boost the immune system.
Frankincense is well-known for it’s effects on creativity and some scientific studies have proven it’s effects on the brain.
Oak is thought to bring about feelings of power and strength.