It shouldn’t be so hard to schedule in time for yourself, just you and your own company. At times life can feel like it’s spinning out of control. It’s important that throughout the week you leave some space on your calendar to relax and wind down. I have on more than one occasion said yes to things that I really didn’t feel like doing. I said yes because I felt like I should. If you find that you don’t have much time during the week to take time out, use the weekend to be chilled AF. The best way I like to relax is by lighting a scented candle or burning some incense. Do this and meditate or stretch, read a book, take a bath, listen to music or a podcast, read blog posts or just sit there and do nothing. Below are some of the best incense to burn for some inner peace and tranquillity.
If you want to get into the best sleepy state as possible, lavender is your go-to. It refreshes the mind, body and spirit and leaves you feeling calm and in control. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety. If you burn some lavender incense before bed, dim the lights and snuggle under the covers with a good book and you’ll have the most blissed out sleep of your life.
Sandalwood is a holy wood renowned in India for its powerful healing properties. It banishes negative thoughts and energies and is one of the best incense to use if you want to manifest changes and attract opportunities into your life and opportunities for other people. It also calms the mind, heals emotional turmoil and restores inner balance.
Jasmine is a scent associated with love and beauty. When you burn jasmine, it is believed that you will attract people with beautiful and appealing personalities. These are the people that bring about positive attributes within yourself as well. If you are looking to let go of negative relationships and attract more positive influences into your life, this is the incense for you.
One of the most well-known fragrances in the incense world is Nag Champa. It is an effective aid for meditation as it instantly relaxes the mind. Usually mixed with the popular sandalwood it increases spiritual awareness.
Burn some peppermint incense the next time you hit the yoga mat. It aids in clearing the airways and promoting slow and regular breathing. It’s also said to alleviate muscle tension and joint pain as well as providing relief for headaches.
Usually associated with tea, burning chamomile incense will welcome a sense of peace and serenity into your home. If you are feeling uncomfortable or uneasy, chamomile will make you feel more grounded.
Lemongrass is your happy scent! It lifts the mood and brightens the overall feel of your environment. If you’re feeling down and need to get motivated, burn lemongrass and instantly walk with more spring in your step.
What’s better than the smell of Christmas? A time of excitement, joy and food comas can also come with feelings of overwhelm. So when you’re feeling overwhelmed and chaos ensues in areas of your life, get everything back on track, relax and gather your thoughts with some pine.
What are the first words that pop into your head when you think about cinnamon? For me and for most people it would be fire, warmth and comfort. Cinnamon is a great scent to use after a long day at work and when you want to banish all your worries away and feel toasty warm at home.
Cinnamon is quite a strong smell so vanilla is a scent for those that can’t tolerate stronger smells. Similar to cinnamon it makes us think about comfort and safety so it’s a perfect choice for an afternoon of relaxation.
Patchouli is another incense for healthy wellbeing and mental clarity. It is believed to relieve stress and anxiety and create more space in your mind to make clear decisions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and on the verge of burnout take some time out with patchouli.
Rose is for matters of the heart. If you want to experience more feelings of affection, respect and peace in your relationships, not just the romantic ones, open up your heart with rose. It is also the perfect scent to use when you are in the mood to relax your mind and body in the bedroom 😉
Known as the fragrance of the medieval period, frankincense is as powerful now as it was back then. It is said to hold strong purification properties and helps calm the central nervous system. Burn some frankincense and without distractions, sit down and take a few deep breaths, you’ll feel instantly calmer and less buzzed.
In Eastern cultures, ylang-ylang is known to represent love and seduction. Looking for a scent to accompany those bedroom sessions, seduce and impress with some ylang-ylang. It is also said to open up barriers of communication and connection.
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