Benefits of Spiritual Incense for Holistic Wellness

Following a path to a holistic lifestyle is, in fact, less challenging than you might think. Conscious healing starts with releasing worries, allowing yourself to relax into your body, and grounding yourself in the present moment.

An ancient and effective way to accomplish this is with spiritual incense. Read on to learn about the benefits of spiritual incense for holistic wellness and learn how to perform a letting go meditation to self-soothe.

Benefits of Spiritual Incense for Holistic Wellness

There are many benefits of using incense in your holistic wellness rituals. Whether you’re taking a few minutes to calm your mind after a busy day or performing daily meditation as part of your chosen spiritual path, adding this element to your process always enhances the quality and depth of the experience.

Some key benefits of spiritual incense for holistic wellness include:

  • Increased sense of calm and focus
  • Reduction in stress and anxiety
  • Better sleep
  • Better meditative focus
  • Rekindles your spirituality
  • Stimulates your creative mind
  • Purifies your space of negative energy and lingering funk

And that’s just the foundational benefits spiritual incense provides. In some cases, engaging the senses in their aromatic smoke can help you start a new routine or complement your yoga practice. Depending on the variety, it can spark romance and create more intimacy with your significant other.

Spiritual incense is anecdotally known to have some medicinal effects. It prompts us to engage with our breath more deeply, and breathing can release serotonin in the brain, grounding you to the present moment and offering an increased level of calmness. This is just one of the reasons why so many spiritual practices have included it in their rituals for thousands of years.

It’s true. Nearly every culture in the world has used incense smoke in their traditions. The Aztecs, Mayans, Egyptians, Native Americans, and even Gaelic peoples all use some form of it in their altars, rituals, ceremonies, and spiritual or religious occasions. It was even once used as ancestral medicine. Today, it is primarily used for energy work and grounding to promote relaxation and natural healing.

Spiritual Incense: Types and Scents

Not all incense are alike. There are various types and scents available. Each has a unique benefit and a different scent designed to provide a specific response in the brain.


Sometimes associated with the December holidays and winter seasons, frankincense has a slightly sweet and somewhat woody aroma. Underneath the main notes, there is an undertone of citrus or lemon.


Generally, most people agree that sandalwood has a warm aroma that is easily recognizable. Some refer to it as creamy or sweet but not as sugary as vanilla bean.


From the mint family, sage is a fresh, clean scent that immediately brings to mind a menthol effect when you first smell it.

Mexican Copal

Derived from resin, Mexican copal is somewhat similar to the same scent pattern as frankincense. The only difference is that it is slightly cleaner smelling, and not as sweet, almost like a pine aroma.

Vetiver Root

The vetiver root’s aroma is a lot more smoky and dry than some of the other incense options on this list. Vetiver products span everything from body wash to cologne, as it has a slightly masculine scent.


Typically, patchouli has an earthy and woody scent that reminds many of walking through a forest full of tall trees. It is also typically a natural insect repellent.


Of course, citrus is one of the most easily recognizable aromas on this list of spiritual incense options. Think slicing up a ripe orange or cutting lemons in your kitchen.

How to Light Incense and Create a Holistic Wellness Ritual

Lighting incense and creating a holistic wellness ritual is a beautiful process and easy to incorporate into your days. Here are the most important steps that you need to know.

Start by Setting Your Intention

This can be a variety of things. There is probably something in your life you’re seeking to change, grow through, or let go of. Keep this idea top of mind before lighting your incense or smudge stick. Hold onto it and envision it as you move forward with the wellness ritual.

Safely Light the Incense or Smudge Stick

To start, choose a vessel to place the burning stick once it has ignited. You’ll want to make sure it is glass, ceramic, or clay and fully fire-resistant for safety.

Next, open a window or door. This allows the negative energy and smoke to flow outdoors instead of sticking around your space. Use a long match or a candle to light the tip of the incense or smudge stick and let it burn for twenty to thirty seconds.

After, blow the flame out carefully and gently. This should leave you with orange embers on the end and smoke still coming off the incense, which is an important part of the ritual. Do not try to blow it out any further just yet.

If safe, feel free to walk around your space with the stick, allowing the smoke to permeate throughout the air. This will help calm the energy around you and in your home, eliminating that lingering negativity while bringing peace and calmness. Do not feel as though you have to burn the whole stick. When you feel satisfied with your efforts, blow it out fully. You can save a half-burned stick for another day.

Complete this ritual the next time you need calmness in your life or feel as though you want to be more proactive in your intention setting. You can also choose to do this as a part of energy work, spell work, lunar rituals, solstice rituals, or any other type of process that feels natural to your chosen path.

How to Choose the Best Spiritual Incense for Holistic Healing

Of course, not all incense is made equally. You want to make sure you’re looking for a brand that offers the right criteria for your needs.

Choosing the best spiritual incense involves:

  • Looking for brands that are ethically sourced. This is very important because as we seek Mother Earth's gift to help us heal, we must honor her needs as well. Sustainably sourced incense is energetically in right-alignment to support your healing practices and that of the collective.
  • Purchasing from brands that adhere to organic and sustainable sourcing reassures you that their incense is specifically bound to help guide you through a gentle shift, and their products can aid in your holistic healing process.

The steps for finding the right product for your needs are really quite easy. Start by looking for companies that promote ethically sourced materials and offer proof of organic or wild-harvested authenticity via their website. You should also evaluate quality and quantity within their product offerings.

From a physical standpoint, know what each type of incense helps with before you make a decision. Also, evaluate your health condition and/or individual allergies to ensure you’re not selecting a product variation that could make you ill.
Finally, look inward. Take a moment to identify tension within your mind, body, and spirit before making your purchase. Let your intuition and higher self take over and guide you in the decision-making process.

Spiritual Incense Products from Cerena

At Cerena, we have three wonderful, naturally sourced spiritual incense products to choose from. Our Copal Mexicano blend features Mexican copal and is designed to promote calm, balance, and focus. And Sandalo Citrus is a blend of sandalwood, frankincense, and citrus for improved sleep and an overall sense of feeling refreshed. Our Vetiver Root smudge stick helps the body and mind harmonize stress for a more balanced system.

Ready to start your own holistic healing ritual with Cerena blends? Please click here to learn more about these three products.


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