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Beating the Bad in Incense: 4 Tips to Staying Healthy

Written by Jesse Richardson on November 26, 2011 with 1 Comment

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Natural incenseI’ve always been a big fan of incense, so I was pretty disappointed when I started finding articles about how incense can cause respiratory diseases and are usually made with synthetic perfumes and ingredients. According to research (see here and here), it’s true: incense can increase the risk of asthma, dermatitis, and some respiratory system related cancers.

However, as many researchers admit, the majority of people won’t stop using incense anytime soon, myself included. So, what’s the solution? Well, it begins with choosing the right incense, and then making the right choices when burning the incense. Incense can still be a regular custom, just as long as we burn it with our health in mind.

Tip #1 – Go Organic and All Natural

Like any other business, incense manufactures have the choice of ingredients, and because of incense’s basic design, you can actually go organic and natural. Rather than choose a generic incense provider, look for one that commits to all natural ingredients. Fred Soll’s Incense, for example, uses natural resin from pines, amber, Boswellia Thurifera trees (frankincense), and myrrh.

Likewise, choose a company that only uses ingredients naturally arising from nature. Mereville Trust incense promises, “each fragrance is created from flowers, fruits, leaves, stalks, woods, roots, and resins that are harvested in accord with biodynamic principles in an environment of traditional organic agriculture, sustainable living, happiness in the workplace, and fair trade.” Sounds like the perfect fit!

Tip #2 – Get proper ventilation

Even if you’ve got a great incense provider, keep in mind that whatever you burn, no matter how pure, is going to release particulates into the air. The first easy way around this, though, is to keep everything properly ventilated – no smoke filled rooms! Crack a window or periodically move the incense around. This will help you healthy and make sure the whole house smells great!

Tip #3 – Try a negative ion generator

Negative ion generators, like a Himalayan salt lamp, have been known to remove hazardous particulates like those released by incense for many years. They can also take out pollen, animal dander, bacteria, mold, and a whole host of other air particulates. The negative ions will seek out the positive particulates, clusters around them, and drop them to the floor. There, next time you sweep or vacuum you’ll pick them right up!

Tip #4 – Get an air purifier

If you’re uncertain about the negative ion generator, simply go with an air purifier. There are a lot of great brands out there, but what you’re really looking for is the HEPA filter. HEPA filters are incredibly strong, picking up particulates three tenths of a micron in size. Not only will this help with your incense problem, but also with the other air pollutants around your home. With this, you’ll be able to enjoy the scent of your incense without the fear of pollutants!

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  1. Is it safe to burn incense in a small flat with a baby?

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