Our nag champa incense sticks are the real thing. Indian incenses containing Plumeria, known in the West as Frangipani, have Champa in their name. This is dhuni’s take on the most classic incense of them all, hand made and absolutely chemical free. Likely to be the only genuine Nag Champa you’ll ever come across, and very special.
The unparalleled palate of the Olfactory Rescue Service had this to say about our blend…
“If I was to recommend one of the many “vanilla” nag champas on the market, it would have to be this one as it’s easily the most authentic Nag Champa I’ve come across in the modern age, even more so than Shantimalai’s red box version, which is perhaps this scent’s closest equivalent. No doubt this is due to the halmaddi content in the mix, which if it isn’t high enough to make this gooey like in the old days is certainly high enough to give the scent the balsalmic backdrop it needs. Overall this is a nag champa that tends to a much drier and less overtly sweet bouquet with a distinct sandalwood strength to help bring out its richness. This one’s essential.”
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More about the history of nag champa agarbatti
It’s hard to say how long ago mankind figured out that the burning of certain herbs was beneficial to himself and others around him. It was probably a circumstance of trial and error that early civilizations realized that if you drove animals through smoke, it got rid of the pests and disease attached to animals. Nowadays science has figured out that certain herbs do have healing powers, acting as strong pesticides without side-effects. Aside from the practical aspects of burning herbs, humans have become aware that burning herbs can act as a sort of purification.
It was the Native North Americans who figured out that some rituals including burning incense gave off an element of cleansing. Most peoples from China, India and Southeast Asia have used incense burning not only for cleansing but for religious offerings as well. One discovery made by the East Indian peoples was that using Nag Champa Incense had both medicinal properties as well as being good for religious rituals.
Nag Champa comes from the bark of a tree. When made into incense, it has a dark gray color to it and has an earthy sort of scent to it. It contains a resin that comes from the tree called halmaddi. Halmaddi gives this Champa incense its texture and color. The texture tends to be a little damp in nature. The dampness comes from the halmaddi’s nature to hold onto water. Nag Champa has Plumeria in it as well, which comes from a very fragrant flower. Most East Indian Champa incense has Plumeriia in it. Nag Champa usually comes with some Sandalwood properties as well. This also gives its most well-known scent, and Sandalwood is well known for having spiritual properties as well, according to the beliefs of Eastern Indians. Nag Champa incense has been known to affect the brain and cause a feeling of euphoria.
Many Buddhist monks have been known to use incense as a helpful tool in meditation. There are different herbs used in incense, and some herbs have properties that aid in the intentions of the user. As some incense used in Nag Champa are purposely added, like halmaddi and plumeria and sandalwood, other incenses use fragrant flowers such as lavender, and herbs such as sweet-grass and sage. Lavender is used for its ability to influence both are bodies and emotions. It is traditionally used to restore balance and create a peaceful atmosphere. Sage is used to bring wisdom and healing. Sandalwood is considered to be sacred in the East and it is used for meditation, to soothe anxiety and insomnia.
According to the Hindu tradition, the plumeria included in Nag Champa is known for dedication and devotion. Very likely, they included plumeria as a perfect flower for religious meditation as well as the pleasant scent that it emanates.
The properties of Nag Champa are said to be good for preparing for prayer. It clears the air, and it is supposed to clear the mind. It is said that with an open mind, you will receive clear thoughts.
Most of all, Nag Champa, like other incenses, clear the house of stale smells. You know how stuffy the house can get during winter months when the doors and windows are left closed for several months. Using an incense such as Nag Champa can clear the house of stale smells. It also helps the inhabitants of the house relax. There is something about burning incense in the home that makes you feel like having a cup of herbal tea and laying back in your easy chair and relaxing the mind. It gives you a feeling of euphoria. It eases you into a state of lite meditation. There is nothing like it. It’s easy to find Nag Champa incense; all you have to do is go online and you’ll find several stores that carry it. Let your worries blow away in a pillow of smoke.