For decades, we have been coming up with regulatory measures to scale down outdoor pollution. But what not many people are aware of is that there is another type of pollution that exists called indoor air pollution. Trapped warm air, mold spores, cigarette smoke, residues of cleaning chemicals, beauty products, or particles emitted when you use your fridge and air conditioner or when you cook act as indoor pollutants. 

Indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution. Yet it is easier to curb. While we are aware that burning incense sticks reduces stress and anxiety, provides relaxation, and boosts mind, body, and spirit, several studies have demonstrated that incense also acts as an air purifier. They are considered to be an easy way of improving air quality within confined spaces.

Here’s how incense sticks or cones help in cleaning and purifying indoor air:

  • It reduces the bacterial count: The essential oils and herbs used to make incense contain antibacterial properties. The smoke released from burning the incense eliminates 94% of pathogenic bacteria present in the air. Recent studies have demonstrated its ability to purify or disinfect the air and keep the indoor environment clean for 24 hours.

  • It covers unwanted household smells: Burning incense is an easy, quick and accessible way to shield the indoor air from displeasing household odors like cooking, pets, damp clothes, etc. Good aromas generated from Incense sticks have been shown to raise serotonin in the brain which not only improves your mood and energizes the senses but also releases an earthy scent in the room. 

  • It cleanses the air of impurities: Burning incense sticks and cones are a great way to cut down on airborne viruses and harmful pollutants or dust that may contribute to allergies. Certain essential oils and herbs such as mullein, sage, etc. used to make incense consist of healing properties that have been known to help people with allergies and asthma. 

  • It helps you to calm down: Polluted air can cause inflammation which, in turn, could trigger mental health problems such as anxiety disorders or depression. Several studies have proven that burning herbal incense reduces indoor air pollution and activates ion channels in the brain to soothe and calm down thereby reducing anxiety and stress.

    Even though there are several benefits of burning incense to purify indoor air, it is also important to mention that low-quality incense sticks available in the market consist of harmful toxins and in fact are considered pollutants. They are harmful to your health and can cause lung issues if you breathe them in for a long period of time. Thus choosing an all-natural, high-quality incense is essential. HEM incense sticks and cones are handcrafted using non-toxic natural ingredients which are blended together in precise proportions. Along with the natural purification of air, HEM incense also uplifts your mood, encourages relaxation, aids sleep, promotes concentration, and stimulates creativity. Breathing clean air keeps your body fit, therefore adopt healthy measures for your own health.