Surprising health benefits of lighting Agarbattis/Dhoop
Lighting incense sticks, agarbattis, dhoop is a common practice in most Indian households.
Do you remember, every time an incense stick is lighted, it fills the air around with a distinct aroma? As per studies, the essential oils present in the incense is said to help clear nasal blockages and improve the air around you, replicating the benefits of aromatherapy. Hence, it is particularly kept and used often in alternate healing centres.
There are also some other health benefits of lighting agarbattis in and around your home.
Helps get rid of germs
Incense sticks and agarbattis are made out of naturally found components which have anti-bacterial properties that help keep diseases at bay by killing germs and keeping your surroundings sanitized. Since they also have anti-inflammatory components like boswellic acid or frankincense, they also improve the blood flow in the system and keep the body healthy.
Speeds up the healing process
The reason incense sticks are commonly found in ayurvedic centres and meditation places is that the aroma of these products contains strong properties which activate the body’s receptors. According to research published in the Journal of Chemical Research, Bath, UK, these components speed up the other processes in the body. Sandalwood incenses, in particular, are known to benefit in healing certain infections and problems by increasing the production of keratin, which is found in the outermost layer of the skin.
Clears headaches and migraines
The next time you find your head throbbing, think of lighting an agarbatti stick. The surprising way aroma sticks work is by making your stress levels come down and clearing mental blockages. The strong smell in specific agarbattis holds healing properties, which relieve pain and congestion. Fragrances like eucalyptus or peppermint reduce heart rate and palpitations, making you feel calm from the inside.
Makes you less anxious
Incense sticks are lighted in rooms to alleviate your mood and calm down the mind. They activate your senses and relax the nerves, making you less anxious. They also hold the power to cleanse the air. It can also stimulate the nerve connections and make you more productive. That is why a lot of people choose to burn incense sticks in their study area or workplace.
It is a common practice to light aroma sticks, candles, and such stimulants in the bedroom before retiring for the night. Agarbattis can also make you sleep better. It contains strong scents which act as natural sedatives, has a soothing sensation on the body and helping your body relax.