Lighting incense sticks in front of deities is a part of the daily ritual of every Hindu. But performing daily elaborate pujas does not fit into the schedule of the modern, urban Hindu corporate anymore, so lighting a few incense sticks after a shower in the morning seems to do the trick. The calming aroma that is released as the stick burns slowly fills the room with freshness and is said to have a relaxing effect on the mind and body.
Organic incense sticks start their journey as aromatic dough made out of natural, non-toxic ingredients such as fragrant herbs, barks, roots, essential oils, ghee, resin, etc. The dough is, then, either made into sticks or cones for you to burn in your home. However, the problem erupted when huge brands whose goal is to maximize profits came into the equation. A huge chunk of the incense market is dominated by inferior products, which make use of charcoal as the base of the incense sticks and are perfumed with synthetic fragrances. They might be quite easy on your pocket but not on your health and well-being. So, here is why you should be ditching the charcoal based incense sticks and making a healthy change with charcoal free ones from For Green Future.
To save the forests
If you have been reading the news in 2019, then you are pretty aware that the future of earth seems to be doomed by the havoc we have already created. The charcoal mining and production, especially in tropical countries like India, has one prominent and dreadful impact – Deforestation. Between 20015-18 we have lost a whopping 20,000 hectares of forested land to deforestation. We, as citizens, cannot just be sitting on our couches and blaming authorities. Taking even the smallest action like switching to organic, charcoal free incense sticks can have a huge impact.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, flammable gas that is emitted by the incomplete combustion of charcoal. The danger is the gas cannot really be seen or felt when it starts to accumulate inside the room beyond an alarming level, which can cause the dreaded carbon monoxide poisoning. CO attaches itself to the haemoglobin molecules of the red blood cell 200 times better than oxygen. As a result, the body gets starved of oxygen when the blood cells do not have any room left to accommodate enough of it. This is one of the key reasons to dump your high on charcoal incense sticks for the organic ones. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, confusion, shortness of breath, which can lead to loss of consciousness and even death in extreme cases.
Anoxic Brain Injury
When CO binds tightly to the haemoglobin, and the oxygen level within our body depletes rapidly, one of the most vulnerable organs in such a situation turns out to be the brain. When the blood is deprived of oxygen, it cannot carry enough to the brain, and such a severe shortage of the essential gas leads to the death of several neural cells through a process called apoptosis. So, now you can understand how important it is for your health to use organic incense sticks and to avoid burning charcoal indoors.
To calm your mind
The essential oils like lavender, mogra and jasmine not only fill the room with their divine fragrance but also have also been proven to calm the mind and relive it of the parasites of anxiety, insomnia, depression and stress. So, they are a great way to boost your meditation or yoga routine. However, make sure you are not filling your delicate lungs with synthetic fragrance from the horrible incenses that flood the market these days.
Take and Initiative to stop child labour
It is 2019, and 152 million children are still plagued with child labour in the country. Make sure you are buying every product possible from brands that source their raw materials ethically and do not involve children as labour in the creation of their products. When it comes to incense sticks from SARAYU, even as an Indian brand, it has taken a huge step against the atrocities of child labour by not employing children for the job. And, as customers, you must encourage such behaviour to make it into a customary for every brand.