By Lori Lines
A mixture of essential oils can provide therapy whether it is burned or diffused. It will be burned by using incense and diffused by way of a variety of methods, popularly known as aromatherapy. Here we will discuss the difference between the two ways and how it can be beneficial for your body. We will also discuss what will be the most appropriate type of aromatherapy in accordance to your desired ways for healing to take place.
First of all, what is incense? Incense has been used and burned for thousands of years by different cultures all around the world. It is mainly coming from a mixture of aromatic plants, herbs and some essential oils extracted from those herbs. With the discharge of the aroma or its smell, when being burned, it is believed to have therapeutic claims.
On the other hand, diffusing essential oils by several methods (which will be discussed later) emits a certain aroma has healing effects. There are several methods of essential oil diffusion and they are as follows:
The critical difference between diffusing essential oils and burning incense is that burning incense emits smoke, which is similar to tobacco smoke or a wood smoke, a proven carcinogen. According to several researchers, the smoke that was emitted from burning incense contains air pollutants such as Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Oxides, Sulphur Oxides and some Volatile Organic Compounds. Though it is a fact that burning incense produces smoke that contains harmful air pollutants, it is not yet proven whether consistent inhaling smoke from burning incense can affect bodies rather than heal them. Some suggest that incense should be burned in a well ventilated room and should not be inhaled excessively. On the other hand, diffusing essential oils back in the days are similar to burning incense as the essential oils used to be diffused by way of potpourri or the candle method (by introducing fire to the essential oils, which also emits smoke). Nowadays, as mentioned above, Ultrasonic Diffusers and Air Diffusers have eliminated the emission of smoke, thus creating a difference between the two types of aromatherapy.
In terms of the choice of aromatherapy method between burning Incense and diffusing essential oils, some factors and differences vary from each user. It means that it will still depend on the way you want them to be. Burning incense, apart from producing smoke while in operation, should be used on some special circumstances (such as using them on a well ventilated room) and apart from it, it is potentially using up the essential oils during the burning process. This could mean that the therapeutic process is not actually efficient. This is in contrast with the modern diffusing method (Ultrasonic and Air), wherein it is not wasting the essential oils while in operation rather it is fairly suspended in the air creating a more effective therapy method. If the main aim of the use of these essential oils is to deodorize the room through its emission of pleasant odors, then by all means, please use incense sticks and burn them (even diffuse the essential oils use by introducing fire also known as the candle method). But if you do want to use these essential oils as a deodorizer as well as for therapy, then the better method to use is the modern diffusion of essential oils.
It is advised to use essential oils, when using a diffuser, only 20 minutes per hour and no more.
In my opinion, I like the diffusing method provided by Young Living because their diffusers are of high quality and in different price ranges. To me, diffusing essential oils is a cleaner way to go rather than inhaling smoke. Check them out here and see if any of them will work for you.
Author Lori Lines
Disclaimer: Lori is a high-level channel. The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.