A recent article published on YogaJournal.com uncovered the truth about burning incense. A study done at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, reported that some incenses may contain “carcinogens and toxins that adversely affect lung tissue and cardiovascular function”. It’s common knowledge that carcinogens are cancer causing agents, and it’s in our best interest to avoid as many carcinogens as we can.
Study author, Karin Yeatts, PhD, went on to report that,
“Incense is one of many household pollutants that we are investigating further due to health concerns.”
“If you’re still going to burn items indoors, be sure to open windows, or use other ventilation.” Better yet, try a plug-in or a wick diffuser for essential oils, to get the same aromatherapy benefits without the smoke.”
If that’s not reason enough to ditch the incense and start diffusing essential oils, I’m not sure what is! Check out this article for how to make a DIY Reed Diffuser, or order an electric diffuser here.