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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Best Incense Sticks (IMHO)


And I thought incense sticks were all the same. Until I ran out of the Banyan Tree variety that i bought years ago from Macau and realised some smell terrible. For instance, I bought some from Thailand (also awhile ago) ... but think they were made in India and the incense was so pungent and strong that they cannot really be burnt in a yoga class.  

Top to bottom: Vanilla, Rose, Bergamot,
Sandalwood and Lavender
I guess these ones from Banyan Tree, which come in different "flavours", are primarily for aromatherapy (massages at their spas) they are milder and, well, more yummy to inhale. These are short incense sticks (which I think is the only disadvantage) so I guess they're for settling the mind. Great to lit up before a yoga class. Here are how these scents are used:

(From Cindy Murdoch @ worldhealth.net)

Aromatherapy can be used to help us relax, to provide mental clarity, to help cope with emotional conflicts, and to energize us physically, emotionally or mentally.

* Rose to relieve anger
* Bergamot, Rose and Lavender to relieve anxiety
* Bergamot, Lavender and Sandalwood to relieve depression
* Sandalwood to increase confidence
* Sandalwood and Vanilla can used as aphrodisiacs (!!)
* Bergamot, Sandalwood, Lavender and Rose can help insomnia 
* Rose can calm irritation

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