Nine Best Reasons to Burn Incense

Stick of burning incense, brass vases and billowing smoke

Freshens The Air In Your Home

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of incense is its pleasing aroma. Incense is a great way freshen the air in your home. While some flavors are more understated, others pack a bigger punch. If you’re looking to cover something unsavory, or mask the output of a freshly-used water pipe, stronger scents like cinnamon may be best. If you’re looking for a little lift to your household vibe, something subtle may be best for you. It may take a little experimenting to find your perfect fit. We have tons of affordable options at our Denver and Northglenn smoke shops to get you started.

Relieve Anxiety

While smoking can be very relaxing, anyone can feel anxious after hitting a vaporizer with a strain that’s not quite right for you. Incense can be an effective way to soothe your worried mind. Some studies have shown reduced levels of stress amongst those who inhale soothing scents, like rosemary and lavender. Regardless of the top contenders amongst aromatherapy research, if you’re looking to relax, be sure to pick a scent that you truly enjoy.

Relax With A Ritual

Whether or not you’re battling anxiety, at the end of a long day, we all deserve a little rest and relaxation. Engaging in our favorite rituals can provide a sense of calming in an otherwise chaotic world. Incense is very affordable, making it a luxury that’s well within reach. So draw a hot bath, brew a cup of tea, and light up your favorite incense. It’s a lovely way to end an evening.

Expand Your Identity

Getting to know ourselves more deeply, in big and little ways, is a hallmark of the human experience. Most of us have a drink of choice, favorite restaurant, and pastimes that are all our own. Some of us may even have a favorite strain. Discovering your favorite type of incense is another step toward fully knowing your true self, and a new way to satisfy its wishes.

Set the Mood

Some types of incense are believed to help heighten physical desire and increase feelings of sensuality. If you’re looking to spice up your next romantic evening in, start the night with a sultry scent.

Evoke Your Favorite Memories

Ever taken a whiff of something sweet, and been flooded with a long forgotten memory? Sometimes baking cookies floods us with the image of grandma’s kitchen, or a passing waft of too-strong body-spray takes us back to an awkward first kiss. That’s because the most primitive sense of the human mind is our sense of smell. Olfactory memories are deeply rooted in the mind, easily bringing hazy memories and experiences into focus. Why not take advantage of our ability to re-experience moments with a favorite scent? If cinnamon, vanilla or hazelnut brings a smile to your face, and a familiar scene to your mind, use incense to embrace it today.

Increase Emotional Release

There are many outlets for therapeutic relief. Written expression, from narrative to fiction, is immensely gratifying for many, while physical exercise helps us feel better through endorphins and physical release. Artistic expression allows us to transform experiences and beliefs into a physical form of meaning and beauty. Whatever your outlet of choice may be, incense lovers report that their favorite scents help them to feel inspired. Some varieties of incense are associated with different types of emotional release – potentially increasing feelings of tranquility, energy and joy. Those inhaling citrus flavors regularly report feeling more creative and in tune with the depths of their imagination.

Develop Spirituality

As we recently discussed, incense has been used in spiritual practices for more than a thousand years. Some burned incense as an homage to gods and loved ones, while others simply sought clarity and peace of mind. If you’re looking to connect with a higher level of consciousness as many of our ancestors did before us, then incense is a simple way to start.

Meditate or Practice Yoga

Yoga is a fantastic and beloved way to strengthen the body and mind. Meditation similarly helps those who practice it to reach deeper levels of calm and clarity. Nobody wants the scourge of unsavory odors or artificial fragrances, especially while seeking peace in either ancient practice. Lighting a little incense can keep lesser smells at bay, helping you focus and release the outside world as you immerse yourself in either activity. Better yet, certain scents are thought to increase the attentiveness of users, which is fantastic news for anyone seeking that meditative mindset.

710 Pipes has plenty of quality incense in store, plus accessories like holders and lighters. We also carry vaporizers, pipes, water pipes and so much more! Stop by our Northglenn head shop between 8AM-10PM, seven days a week. We have two Denver pipe shops open daily from 12-8PM (11AM-9PM Thursdays through Saturdays) – on Colfax and on Evans near DU. Denver University students get 10% off with a valid student ID!

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