How To Match Your Incense With Your Mood

By Chelsea Becker
Colorful dyed aroma incense sticks made in Thailand
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You probably think of incense when you feel like you need to relax, but it's good for more than just de-stressing or to make a room smell nice. Made with essential oils and spices, there are several moods that can be evoked by the soothing smell of the perfect burning stick of incense. With so many options, why not match your vibe for the day with a scent that accentuates, or even emboldens it.

Energetic

If you come home after a long work day still feeling full of energy and ready to get things done, don't let that go! Keep your mood up and create an environment that will foster a happy vibe by burning a citrus scent. This will create an atmosphere free of stress and anxiety (which is always appreciated). Some of our favorite citrus go-to's are tangerine and grapefruit.

Motivation

When you need a boost of motivation to get things done, reach for your stash of mint, eucalyptus or ginger scents. These earthy options have a very recognizable air to them and provide a soothing burst of energy that will help you find the focus you need to get stuff done.

Relaxation

Relaxation is usually the most sought after mood people are trying to achieve when they burn incense, and because of this, there are a lot of scents to choose from. You probably guessed lavender would be a go-to here, but if you're wanting something different, try out sandalwood, jasmine, chamomile or lemongrass. All of these are ideal to burn in the evening when you're trying to convince your body it's time to go to sleep.

Romantic

If you're wanting to set the mood for a special night in with your partner, there's also an incense for that (a few actually). Research shows that cinnamon can create arousal in men, while jasmine and rose scents set the mood for women. In the 1960s it was also a known fact that patchouli oil could act as an aphrodisiac for both men and women.

Meditation

One of the best and most therapeutic uses of incense is for meditation. The pros recommend a specific kind of incense for meditation called aloeswood. It's a more expensive and rare choice, only found in the resin of the aquilaria tree. If you're trying to get spiritual and want to go all-in, this is the scent for you. If you don't want to splurge, you can get an aloeswood and sandalwood blend.

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