It is no secret that scent has the ability to impact well-being as it is directly related to the emotional and memory centres in our brain. This means that when we smell something, we experience emotions and create memories, so it is no wonder that some scents can evoke memories and make us emotional. For example, the smell of freshly mowed grass reminds us of spring, coconut of summer and the beach and ginger and cinnamon of Christmas. That being said, the majority of us love the idea of having air fresheners in our homes. No matter how appealing and great this sounds, air fresheners and scented candles can have some bad long-term health effects on your body which is why switching to a more natural option is recommended.
One of the oldest and most natural types of “air fresheners” are incense sticks. Although they can be made the artificial way, the natural ones are a completely harmless and a great way to make your home smell wonderful. There are lots of incense stick types you can choose from (sandalwood, vanilla, cinnamon, amber, lavender, or frankincense), and place them in a specialized holder. Usually made out of wood, these holders come in a range of styles, shapes, sizes and even colours in order to meet different tastes and needs, making the whole decision-making process a piece of cake. Except for the home, these holders can be used in commercial spaces as well thanks to the unique designs and appearance. Now, let’s get back to the matter at hand because these sticks can not only improve the way a room smells, but also provide you with many other benefits.
Tension and Anxiety Reduction
Have you ever heard that the calmness of Buddhist monks is closely related to the incense inhale throughout the day?! Yup, that’s right, along with some other techniques including “mind training”, Buddhist monks have managed to stay calm and more focused thanks to the smell of sandalwood and jasmine sticks. Consequently, the inhale of scents like these can also help you manage to get rid of anxiety and tension the natural and less harmful way.
According to many studies, it has been found that certain smells like lavender and rose can help us fall asleep better and faster. They can soothe our senses, calm our mind and make us feel worry-free which in fact is the perfect and most affordable technique you can try. All you need to do is to make sure you have a specialized stick box you can place somewhere safe and enjoy the pleasant smell that will take you to your dreamland.
The nice aroma of citrus fruits or flowers, for example, can stimulate several brain chemicals/hormones like dopamine and serotonin that are the main cause for feeling happiness and mood improvement which is another reason why you should try to improve your mood the natural way.