25 Different Incense Scents and Their Meaning

Burning incense is an important part of the home and energy cleansing ritual. Whether you’re trying to recenter yourself at home or you simply want to eliminate an unpleasant odor, incense sticks can be put to use by anyone. But between jasmine, lavender, and even lemon, what do each of the scents mean for cleansing rituals?

Here are 25 incense scents and what each represents.

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Individual Incense Scents

Individual scents are scents that only come from one source. Each scent focuses on one main aspect, but it may branch into other sections. Scents can also be open to interpretation.

1. Lavender

Lavender is a cleansing and healing smell. It is potent and because of lavender’s use in sleeping aids, it can be great for use before bed. Aim to burn a quick-burning lavender at night when you’re feeling restless and sleep is hard to come to you.

2. Lemon

Lemon is energizing and meant to help invigorate you. Burning lemon incense in the kitchen is recommended, as it can help give the kitchen that lemony scent that represents a clean kitchen. It can also help motivate you to get through the dishes that may have been piling up.

3. Nag Champa

Nag Champa is the most widely used incense in the world. It is actually a specific type of sandalwood, called Mysore Sandalwood. Nag Champa is meant to help recenter and refocus on what is going on in life. If you have schoolwork or a big work project coming up, burning Nag Champa can help bring you back to where you need to be. Burn the incense wherever you find yourself working the best.

4. Jasmine

Jasmine can be another invigorating scent. But rather than cleaning the dishes, you’ll feel more inclined to create. This can mean painting, a new side project, or whatever the heart feels is right. Let the energies guide you and burn this scent whenever you need a creative boost.

5. Clove

Clove is a cleansing tool for those that need help focusing. Rather than being a scent that directly targets you, it will often target the negative energies associated with the unfocused feeling and move those energies away from you. Burn clove whenever you find that your studying and working space is under attack by negative energies.

6. Amber

Amber is burned to increase sensuality and romance. It is perfect for when you want to fill the air with a sense of love and vitality. Burn Amber when you want to set the mood in your house for a fun night. Burning in the bedroom is recommended.

7. Cedar

Burn Cedar when you find negative energies in the air. If you find that there is negative energy looming over the house, be sure to burn Cedar to open up the air in the house again. Burn wherever you see the negative energy building up the most.

8. Sandalwood

There are other options for Sandalwood beyond Nag Champa. Lighter Sandalwoods can have a more cleansing and erotic scent, compared to the centering effect of Nag Champa. If you’ve experienced something upsetting, burning Sandalwood is a great option to bring peace of mind.

9. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a scent rarely used, but highly effective in the right setting. Those that are starting a new business venture may find that Cinnamon can help with increasing the feeling of success. Burn Cinnamon when you need a boost in optimism.

10. Bergamot

Similar to citrus, Bergamot can be burned to increase alertness in the house. This is perfect for those days where you find yourself with brain fog and unable to dial in on the work that you need to do.

11. Eucalyptus

If you’re finding the air a little dusty and claustrophobic, you should burn Eucalyptus. This scent is meant to help with breathing and decreasing the negative energies that can reside in or on our chest.

12. Frankincense

Another extremely common scent, Frankincense is used for protection and expelling negativity. If you know you have a stressful event coming up that can lead to negative outcomes, burn Frankincense beforehand for extra protection. It is also a potent purifying scent, so feel free to burn it after the stressful event is over as well.

13. Ginger

Ginger is another romantic scent. It can be perfect for the bedroom when you want to increase sensuality. If you find yourself needing an extra boost to get in the mood for you or your partner, consider burning this one if they’ve had a bad day at work.

14. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is great for burning outside, because of its ability to repel certain insects. It is great for those working in an outside environment and want extra help with concentration and remembering all that you’re learning or working on.

15. Myrrh

Myrrh can be used to help reduce strains in friendships and relationships. It is a healing and cleansing scent, so if you’ve found yourself at wit’s end with someone, consider burning this scent before they come over or before you talk to them.

16. Pine

Pine is a seasonal scent, meaning that it works best during the winter and fall compared to summer and spring. It offers a cleansing scent that can also bring warmth to the house. Consider this for setting a homely vibe during the cold months.

17. Patchouli

Patchouli is a strong scent of incense that is burned during meditation. It helps create a calming and peaceful aroma that can take over the home. If your entire family and home feel stressed, try burning some Patchouli.

18. Vanilla

Vanilla is another lustful scent. It is a perfect compliment after a nice dessert or night out to set the mood. Vanilla is also good for feeling safe so if you don’t want to go all out, you can create the perfect cuddling scent.

19. Ylang-Ylang

You should use Ylang-Ylang when you’re feeling down on yourself and need a confidence boost. The scent focuses on the brain and the need to look at the world’s positivity, rather than drowning in sorrow.

20. Coconut

Coconut is a strong scent that should be burned to create a relaxing feeling. It is good to burn before you go on vacation, as the scent also carries protective properties. This can be important when you’re traveling to places you’re not familiar with.

Mixture Incense Scents

Not all incense sticks are made as individual scents. Often, scents compliment each other to create very specific feelings or amplify the notes within each individual scent.

21. Relaxing Combinations

You can try a combination of Patchouli, Cedar, and Myrrh to create a scent ideal for relaxation. The goal is to get everyone in the house chilled out, and with patchouli being great for calming, cedar eliminating negative energies, and Myrrh helping with relationships, it creates a perfect balancing act of relaxation for the home.

22. Meditation Combinations

Trying out combinations like Sandalwood, Lavender, and even Vanilla can bring you back to your center. The Sandalwood helps with the centering, the Lavender acts as a healing solution, and the Vanilla offers a safe space. All of which come together to help the mind relax.

23. Sensuality and Romance Combinations

Vanilla, Amber, and Ginger are great for combining to help set the mood. The Vanilla creates a safe and welcoming environment, the Ginger, incites energy and gets you going, and the Amber is good for comfort afterward.

24. Energising Combinations

Use a combination of Lemongrass, Lemon, and Eucalyptus to give you the energy to get things done around and out of the house. The lemongrass will be used to help focus, the Lemon will be the invigorating scent, and Eucalyptus will give you the endurance you need to get through the day.

25. Refreshing Combinations

Refreshing scents refer to the scents that come together to eliminate odors the best. This combination would include Lemon, Coconut, and Bergamot. They all come together to create a powerful scent that eliminates odors that might be overwhelming the house.

Get Creative With Your Scents

Don’t feel like you’re limited to just this list when it comes to scents and their meanings. You can create your own combination that specifically targets and create feelings and emotions.
Whatever you choose, just remember that incense does involve smoke and fires. Be sure to keep them away from anything else that is flammable and to always properly dispose of your ashes when you’re done.

Let us know your favorite scent and combinations in the comments below!

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