Scents: cones, burners, sticks, cabins

Scent is an integral part of the way humans sense the world, boosting our immune system and sensing pleasure or fear. Scents conjure both pleasant and unhappy memories, can relieve anxiety and reduce stress. Every herb, flower and many plants have their own particular scent which can relax you or increase your energy. Scent in the home can create an atmosphere of a summer garden or a wooded landscape.

Bundled scents from sage, herbs and smudge or cones, oil or incense sticks can be used seasonally. Oil incense diffusers emit scent through sticks placed inside a bottle. Cabin incense burners usually use cedar or balsam logs placed in the chimney of the cabin. Aromatherapy is the inhaled scent from flowers, bark, stems, roots or oils that enhance both physical and psychological well-being.

Here is the most comprehensive list we've found of essential oils, herbs and spices, their uses and safety information. 


The most common scents used to relieve stress, anxiety or fatigue include:

Scents to Relieve Anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Peach, Rose, Rose Geranium and Violet Leaf.

Scents to Overcome Fatigue: Angelica, Benzoin, Camphor, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Sage and Spiced Apple.

Scents to Deal with Stress, Nervous Tension and Insomnia: Bergamot, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Valerian, Vanilla, Violet, and Ylang-ylang.

Some of the more common scents and what they can do, with added caution, can also be found here at It's good to keep in mind that when you're burning anything it emits carcinogens. When you burn Incense you are making volatile compounds like benzene, toluene, and xylenes, as well as aldehydes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

There are so many different kinds of diffusers that use essential oils, but it's important to keep in mind safety when using them. We all use them today, so let's follow some of the guidelines. The Nourishing Gourmet makes some excellent points like just because it's natural doesn't mean it's safe.

It's a good idea to follow the safety tips such as being cautious with essential oils when you're pregnant or around children. Some oils may affect you adversely, a good idea to exclude them from use. Certainly keep them away from pets as well. 

I know many of us still use them, but air fresheners that have synthetic fragrances do not “purify” the air. They actually interrupt your ability to smell! What's worse they produce toxic off-gassing from synthetic chemicals to ‘mask’ or ‘overpower’ odors.

Here are some extraordinary things we know already that marketers, manufacturers of all these products will not tell you, cause they're free and readily accessible.

1. The sun is a natural free deoderizer.

2. Fresh air is a natural free deoderizer.

3. You can eliminate orders with a distraction fan that removes moisture from the air.

4. Always use rubbish bins with lids.

5. Use vinergar, baking soda and lemon to clean and deoderize.