If you would have told me ten years ago that incense would be helpful in my moods I would have laughed. I may have even sworn at you and said, ” don’t push your crazy stupid ideas onto me” However, less that a year ago a good friend of mine introduced me to Aromatherapy oils. I started to burn different oils in my bedroom at night time about one hour before I went to bed. I had quick results, I calmed down for sleep quicker and had a greater sense of peace in the room. So the next thing offered or introduced to me from the same friend was incense. You can see the wooden holder, it comes in two parts and the incense burns inside it. The box in front is a favourite incense, I use regularly. It is hard to believe, but if I have a day at home and I am feeling not so good emotionally, I just light some incense. This has a calming and grounding affect on my emotions. It just settles me down and gets me on track with what I should be doing. It certainly changes my mindset and moods. It goes back a long way, and for you people who like the bible, you would know it was presented to the baby, Jesus.
It is ancient, and for you people who like the Bible, you may have read about it.
Matthew (2:11). – 11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.
“These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing oil. In fact, these same three items were apparently among the gifts, recorded in ancient inscriptions, that King Seleucus II Callinicus offered to the god Apollo at the temple in Miletus in 243 B.C.E”
Other civilisations have used in other fascinating ways, for instance, the Chinese used it as a clock.
“The incense clock (simplified Chinese: 香钟; traditional Chinese: 香鐘; pinyin: xiāngzhōng; Wade–Giles: hsiang-chung; literally: “fragrance clock”) is a Chinese timekeeping device that appeared during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and spread to neighboring countries such as Japan. The clocks’ bodies are effectively specialized censers that hold incense sticks or powdered incense that have been manufactured and calibrated to a known rate of combustion, used to measure minutes, hours, or days. The clock may also contain bells and gongs which act as strikers. Although the water clock and astronomical clock were known in China (example: Su Song), incense clocks were commonly used at homes and temples in dynastic times.”
My point is simple, some things in life are easy to use and can change our days. It is cheap to operate and is one of my simple pleasures in life. Also very helpful if you meditate or pray. Of course, there is the fine line between to stronger and not strong enough in the smell. However, with patience, you will find what you like. I was a sceptic but now see the many benefits of nice smells. I still use the oils in the room and also in the lounge at times. All of it is useful for me, in terms of feeling better on stressful days.