Sandalwood has been an integral part of Hinduism. Since ancient times, paste of sandalwood has been used in the worship of deities by Hindus. Worshippers also sport a dot of sandalwood paste on their foreheads between the eyebrows to activate the third eye which is also called the spiritual eye. When a highly venerated person dies, his funeral pyre is prepared from sandalwood as a token of respect to the departed soul. Sandalwood oil is used in making perfumes and essential oils which are highly sought after all over the world.
However, the most important and best use of sandalwood that can be done in our daily life is by using sandalwood incense sticks. Lighting sandalwood incense sticks at home and office imparts multiple material and spiritual benefits.
Following is the list of benefits of using sandalwood incense sticks:
- The aroma of sandalwood incense is soothing and helps reduce anxiety and stress
- It aids in giving you a good quality sleep and helps solve your problem of insomnia. Even if you don’t have a sleep disorder, you can use it to unwind after a long, stressful and busy day.
- Those suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension) feel a drop in their blood pressure levels on regularly using sandalwood incense sticks. It calms you down and protects against heart diseases such as stroke and heart attack.
- It helps increasing your focusing ability. Hence it is very useful for students in all age brackets.
- Practicing yoga and meditation in the atmosphere of sandalwood aroma is a blissful experience. It helps you to regularly maintain your yoga and meditation practices and makes you feel ecstatic.
- There are subtle thought forms pervading in the environment of your home and office. These thought forms are of various kinds and may be positive or negative. Lighting of sandalwood incense helps clean these subtle thought forms and clean the environment.
- Hindus believe that Goddess Lakshmi lives in sandalwood trees. So when you burn the incense, She spreads abundance in your house and office!
- Sandalwood aids in connecting the higher realm with our earthly realm. So if you want to enhance your intuition or attune with your guardian angels, it will be a great idea to use sandalwood incense.
Nevertheless, it is important to not overdo the lighting of sandalwood incense. Remember, it is just an aid and not a magical antidote to all your problems. Also light not more than 2 sticks at a time as the excessive smoke can cause discomfort and pollution. Always buy a good quality and genuine sandalwood incense. Most of them are fake and made with chemical fragrances. Simply avoid them no matter how tempting they look or feel. It might be a challenge to procure original sandalwood incense. But the trouble is worth it.