Incense is derived from plants that are ignited to release their aromatic scents. They are sold in incense sticks, cones, and powders with scents ranging that range from jasmine to sandalwood to palo santo. Incense has been used for centuries and remains a part of various religious and spiritual ceremonies across the globe.

Although research into their health benefits is not conclusive there are numerous reasons to make use of incense. Here are 12 ways to incorporate the scent-good instrument into your routine.

Twelve reasons to use incense

1. To clear negative energy.

If you’re planning to begin your project, do some sort of ritual, or perform yoga, lighting incense prior to the start will set the tone. “Burning sage or copal can be a ritual of purification, clearing out negative energy” spiritual life coach Barbara Biziou.

2. For a deeper concentration when meditating.

There are many scents that are believed to improve concentrate and concentration, including lemon and peppermint. “Frankincense is great for meditation,” Biziou says.

3. To reconnect with your memories.

Are you a fan of a scent that makes you feel emotional or sensitive? Incense is a great way to take an experience that takes you back to the past. “Of all our senses, our sense of smell is the only one to go directly to the brain,” Biziou writes. “Therefore, it also can evoke memories of the past.”

4. To open your heart center.

If you feel that your heart chakra may be a bit closed Certain scents could be the answer to help to open your heart. Jasmine and rose according to Biziou are two smells that are excellent for connecting to the love of your life.

5. to help you unwind and relax.

Research has shown specific scents, especially scents such as Lavender and sandalwood, have a calming effect on the nervous system. Use sandalwood or lavender to evoke a state of meditation and peace, Biziou suggests.

6. Incorporate the element of fire in your rituals.

In many different traditions, such as Ayurveda (India’s traditional system for healing) along with traditional Chinese medicine the elements of nature need for balance to occur before healing can be initiated. The incense used as a source of fire along with the other elements (water air, earth, and space) during meditation can help you to deepen and strengthen your practice.

7. Connect to your own religious or spiritual beliefs.

It’s becoming commonplace to find incense in religious and spiritual settings across the globe including Catholic cathedrals as well as Native American ceremonies.

8. For a fresh start.

If you’re the type of person who likes the routine of life lighting incense when you go to sleep or when you’re getting ready to get up in the morning will aid in starting or ending your day on a positive note.

9. To set a timer.

Stick incense can take anywhere from 30 to 1 hour to completely burn out. Start burning them when you begin doing something, such as meditating or journaling, and keep going until they are completely burned out. The fragrance is a far more gentle timekeeper than the phone or a clock.

10. To practice mindfulness.

Engaging the senses is an excellent method to be in being present. Find a scent that you love and take a moment to absorb the scent to the fullest extent.

11. For a boost in your sex drive.

Certain scents, such as rose or jasmine, are renowned for their natural aphrodisiac properties. You can try them with your incense torch the next time you’re looking to be in the mood.

12. To get grounded.

Then, Biziou notes that cedar and vetiver are great scents to help you ground yourself. Do you feel overwhelmed or worried? Inhale either one of these scents and breathe deeply to feel more peace in the present.