Incense sticks come with a whole host of health risks such as genetic mutations, lung cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases, leukemia, heart disease, skin irritation, and neurological problems. Other types of incense sticks such as citronella and sandalwood are just as harmful. Products marketed as "herbal incense" which are meant to be smoked, can cause adverse physical reactions.
Burning sandalwood incense stick releases a fragrant, woodsy odor. It doubles as a safer alternative to chemical air fresheners. The aroma has been seen to relieve stress and anxiety in breast cancer patients. It can also improve the sleep quality and lower systolic blood pressure. The aroma of sandalwood has been seen to hasten wound healing as well. However, to protect your lungs, don’t burn incense every day or in a closed space.
Sniffing peppermint and lemon essential oils soothes nausea. If you have fresh lemons, suck on a lemon wedge to ease an upset stomach. Ginger is another powerful remedy and can be taken either as tea or a capsule. It’s been proven to help postoperative and chemotherapy patients, along with pregnant women. Place a hot water bottle on your stomach to relax the stomach muscles. For nausea-relieving acupressure, use your middle and index fingers to apply pressure on your wrist.
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Incense sticks are synonymous with visits to the exotic Far East and South Asia where their fragrant smoky aroma fills hallways in spiritual and religious centers. With aromatherapy and the health benefits of essential oils becoming more widely applied in America and elsewhere in the West, is it time to consider the benefits of incense too? And is the smoke from incense really that good for you, or will it choke your lungs?
Frankincense and Myrrh are two of the oldest and most famous aromatherapy essential oils known to man and even famed and prized today for their aromatherapy, traditional ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Though both frankincense and myrrh tend to bring up certain religious connotations to the western mind, they have been[.....]
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Aromatherapy has been used for many centuries to treat various disorders. It can be used to treat stress, relieve pain and enhance feelings of calmness and relaxation. Aromatherapy is powerful, because the sense of smell, beyond detecting odors provides the quickest and easiest pathway to the brain. Many Ayurvedic practitioners[.....]
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