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How to use Incense and Essential Oils to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

So how do we use Incense or Essential Oils to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety?

Using Incense or Essential Oils can be a great tool for soothing stress and anxiety and promoting relaxation. That being said, there is still a lot of confusion on how to use them effectively. Firstly let’s look at Incense. Burnt Beech is a small company dedicated to returning incense to its natural roots. They have spent the last few years researching and testing ultimate stress-reducing techniques for burning incense and have now chosen their favourite. This method is guaranteed to take you on a tranquil journey and create an environment of calming bliss.

Why Use Incense to Relieve Stress?

We want to return to the simplicity and peace that our ancestors enjoyed. To a time when incense was nothing but a combination of resins, oils, and botanicals. When burning incense was a spiritual and emotional ritual, done with absolute mindfulness.

Incense today is produced somewhat heartlessly, using machines and chemical binders. This often compromises the natural benefits of burning or warming pure plant matter.

However, natural incense produces unadulterated healing energy. Not to mention it smells better and lasts longer than its mass-produced counterparts.

That is why we always recommend choosing a natural option and immersing yourself fully in the ancient ritual of burning calming incense.

Before you begin

Before you burn incense, there are several crucial steps you should follow. Doing so will ensure your experience is tailored to you and your needs. Because what works for one, may not work for everyone.

Different scents of Incense and their properties

Choose the Right Scent

The scent you choose will have a profound impact on the experience you have.

For example, if you need incense for assisting relaxation, look no further than Lavender, Chamomile, or even Jasmine. These botanicals have proven to have calming, cleansing properties.

If you feel anxious and seek security, myrrh and frankincense resin or even sandalwood are great options for you. These scents are earthy, woodsy, and perfect for providing the grounding you need during uncertain times

Others, such as peppermint and citrus are great for providing an energetic boost. These sharp, crisp fragrances are ideal for instilling a sense of invigoration, giving you the confidence you need to take on the day.

Set the mood

Before lighting your incense, it is key to create a peaceful environment. And although the definition of a peaceful environment varies from person to person, we have compiled a list of some common relaxation practices:

  1. Dim the lights and create a warming ambiance.

  2. Play soothing music – without lyrics works best.

  3. Open a window and allow the fresh air and birdsong to fill your space.

  4. Remove distractions or anything that is likely to cause a disturbance. Yes, that does include your puppy.

Now, you are ready to light your incense

Burning Incense

Light Up

Once you have created your perfect stress-relieving environment, light your incense using a long match or a candle lighter.

Hold the flame to the tip of the incense for a few seconds, allowing it to ignite. And once burning, blow out the flame to your match stick to leave a smouldering ember.

…Then Breathe

This is where the true magic happens. Take deep, purposeful breaths – in through the nose and out through the mouth – and focus your mind on the fragrances your incense is producing.

Every time your mind wanders back to the stressors in your life (and it will), gently bring your focus back to the scent of the incense. P.S. Do not despair if you cannot keep a completely empty head, this is normal. Just keep gently aligning your thoughts to concentrate on the here and now.

Repeat this for a minimum of 5 minutes. Quality beats quantity with mindfulness practices such as this, so it is important to keep it manageable. However, if you find you can maintain this for a longer period of time, please do so.

This is a great exercise to keep you feeling calm and balanced, so be sure to take time out of your day (at least 5 times a day to do this) and watch your mind, body, and spirit thank you!

Try this exercise with Essential Oils

You can also do a similar exercise using essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser. Keep in mind that to get the best results you should only use 100% pure and natural essential oils and not synthetic fragrance.

To learn more about aromatherapy and how to use essential oils to reduce stress and anxiety and restore emotional balance visit to find out more. You can also download your free essential oil safety guide below.

In warmth

Sharon K

Holistic Health and Wellness Coach

Reiki Master/Teacher

NB This post was produced in collaboration and with thanks to Burnt Beech Incense.


Information provided for general educational purposes only and not intended to replace medical advice. Always take care when using incense or essential oils and make sure you are familiar with any safety guidelines.

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