Sandalwood incense is used in many religious practices in both China and Japan as well as in many other parts of the world. Sandalwood does have a strong, intense scent, but it is not overpowering thus it can be burned at any time of the day. Sandalwood incense sticks are nowadays used in aromatherapy and burning them is a popular way of getting an energy boost and refresh your mind. Sandalwood has been around for thousands of years, and in today’s times Wiccan practitioners use it as a way of cleansing the space before a ritual takes place. Many people believe sandalwood incense offers protection and helps keep one away from evil entities and negativity. People that practice Hinduism or Buddhists burn sandalwood incense when praying, to achieve a clear and focused state of mind.
The incense has a sweet but woody scent and can also be used as an air refresher in homes, whenever you need to relax. It is known it helps battle depression and apathy and is also good in cases of insomnia or bad dreams, relieving the senses.
The best sandalwood incense someone can buy must come from a specialized shop. If you cannot find one in your area, there are many online stores that sell incense sticks for a reasonable price. Sandalwood incense sticks come in different sized packages, such as packs of 10, 20 or 40. The sticks have a length ranging from 1 inch and up to 7 inch. It is generally thought the best sandalwood incense is the Indian one as it retains the original properties of the sandalwood tree.
The incense should be burned in a special holder and in a safe space, away from inflammable items. The sticks can be either burned to an end or blown out. When purchasing the incense, make sure you also get a suitable holder made of fireproof material.
Sandalwood incense comes from the sandalwood tree that is ground into a fine powder from which the incense is then made. Due to over-harvesting, some countries made such practice illegal in order to protect the species.
Sandalwood incense makes a great gift for someone who loves aromatherapy. If you want to surprise a friend on their birthday, choose incense that comes in ornate, luxurious looking packs. It may be a little more pricy then expected, but you can be sure your friend will be thankful.