As in all other areas of life, I aim to use high quality products and services. The same is true for White Sage incense and smudge sticks.
For many years I have pondered the potential effects of incense smoke and so avoided any incense where I was uncertain of the ingredients or quality; which includes most incense I’ve seen over time.
My concerns and reasoning about incense quality have been sound: Could incense be more toxic than cigarette smoke? As they burn, ‘sticks release compounds that are linked to cancer’. This article, dated 26 August 2015, is concerning, bearing in mind the huge range available; significant amounts of which seem of questionable quality and safety. Think of some of those incense sticks we see in cheap garish boxes with ‘weird’ smells, made in India and China.
Here’s another similar article: Air fresheners and scented candles could cause cancerous DNA mutations and asthma.
Will I stop using incense and smudge sticks?
No. Among other things, I think we need also to be wary of becoming too focused on the negative – if we look into it; we will discover apparently sound health reasons not to do, or use, most things in life.
I will however continue to use good quality supplies.
My favourite supplier of White Sage incense and smudge sticks is: http://www.whitesage.com.au/ – the customer service has been excellent, the quality and integrity of the products are fantastic, they are good value and I love that smell!