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How can scents and fragrance reduce stress

We all have busy stressful lives that could definitely use a little more relaxation time. Many people agree that the best method of stress relief is through the use of fragrance. Different scents can be used for a variety of purposes. Add some fragrance to your next yoga session and you will find yourself feeling refreshed and ready for another day!

Which fragrances are good for relaxation?

The scent reaches our nose and our sensors send messages to the part of our brain that trigger emotions, memories, and conscious thoughts.

When you smell certain fragrances, Alpha waves and endorphins are created that causes the brain to secrete a substance which gives you a feeling of relaxation.

Some fragrances already contain an ingredient that causes a relaxing effect. However, selecting a fragrance that you enjoy is always the best option to help you relax. No matter what ingredients an incense stick may contain, if the brain has a feel good reaction, the fragrance should help to make you feel more relaxed.

Find your "Zen" Incenses

Japanese traditional scents like the ones listed below are commonly used to help with concentration, relaxation, and many other purposes.


To help address insomnia,
nervous tension, and stress.



Relaxation, recovery of muscular aches,
promote healthy blood flow


Cherry Blossoms

Antibacterial effect and purifying effect


Japanese Cypress(Hinoki)

relaxation, sleep peacefully


Japanese Cedar

relaxation and cleanse


Green Tea

Sedative effect, improve concentration


There are many fragrances and it is very hard to find/choose which incense fragrance.

Incense fragrances are roughly divided into two categories which are woody or floral. Rose is a popular fragrance if you are a first time incense user and looking for a floral fragrance.

If you’re looking for classic Japanese fragrances, we recommend Japanese cypress or sandalwoods.

When burning incense, you will of course notice the fragrance but the visual effect of the wafting smoke will also reduce stress and bring a feeling of calm. Find your favorite incense fragrance and enjoy a relaxing moment.

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Nippon Kodo's devotion to making fine incense follows a long and honored tradition that started more than 400 years ago and can be traced back to Jyuemon Takai, better known as Koju, a skilled artisan in the art and the principal provider of precious rare and exquisite aromas to the Emperor of Japan and his Court.
Many of those pleasing and enduring high-quality incense fragrances, which the company continues to produce to this day, are based on the original formulas created by Koju and later by Yujiro Kito, who was hailed as the genius of fragrance during the Meiji restoration period in the 19th century - around the time that Japan opened its doors to the world and began to modernize itself.
Brought to Japan in the eighth century by Buddhist monks, who used the mystical aromas in their religious ceremonies, "Koh", as incense is called in Japanese, passed into the realm of the aristocracy centuries later as a source of amusement and enlightenment as they "listened to the fragrance" in their parlor games.
It wasn't until the 14th century in the Muromachi Era that incense reached the height of its popularity with the upper and middle classes of Japanese society, who used it as a mark of distinction and sophistication and to dispel unpleasant odors. It was around this time that samurai warriors began perfuming their helmets and armor with incense before going into battle as they prepared to meet their fate.
Now, incense promises to become even more acceptable and desirable as a new dimension in gracious living that opens up a whole new world of spiritual awareness and understanding.
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