Incense sticks from India
Traditional scented sticks for incense. Hand rolled from natural resins, flowers and spices. Smoking certain ingredients is practiced to support aromatherapy and meditative rituals.
Indian incense sticksIncense sticks are omnipresent in India. The aromatic incense can be found in temples, public buildings, stores as well as at home in personal shrines.
The use of incense sticksIncense sticks are used to support religious rituals and to attune the practitioners to any practices with their beguiling scent. Also, incense is burned as offering and to bring the spirit nearer to the deities.
In Ayurvedic medicine, incense is used to activate life energies and to cleanse body and mind. The smoke of Indian incense sticks as well as the ingredients of the essential components are said to have a healing power.
Indian incense sticks are made from a paste of wood flour, powdered herbs, flowers and spices. This is applied to a thin wooden stick, usually made of sheesham wood or bamboo. This causes the incense sticks to glow slowly and off instead of burning off.
Incense sticks are traditionally rolled by hand in India. 'Agarbatti' is the commonly used term for the aromatic smoking sticks.
The effect of incense sticks
- Incense sticks with their authentic aromas, which are derived from various resins, spices and essential oils, have various intense effects on the body and mind.
- One of the most famous scents is Nag Champa. This sweet aroma is derived from the Champa flower and is found in many incenses and cosmetics.
- Sandalwood is also a widely used scent for incense. The noble wood is said to have a calming and balancing effect.
- Sacred wood, also known as Palo Santo, originates from South America and is smoked either in natural form or powdered in incense sticks and blends.
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Incense sticks from Goloka:Goloka is a charitable organization which was founded by missionaries from Bangalore. The organization uses 100% of its profits to support various foundations:
- The akshaya patra foundation: A foundation that provides a daily meal for 1.8 million school children in India.
- Promotion of organic farming: Training and support for Indian farmers in Kerala and Karnataka to promote organic and ecological farming practices.
- Cow protection: In collaboration with the government of Rajasthan, India's largest state, providing shelter and food for homeless and stray cows.