The Mystical Fragrance of Indian Incense

The Indian scriptures, The Vedas, provide the oldest source of information about herbalism and incense. The Rigveda and The Athar-Vaveda are the primary references. These scriptures are commonly considered the first phase of Ayurvedic medicine, where we find its more magical and religious approach. The healers were considered a second tier of Hindu priesthood originally. Over time, the herbalists or healers became scorned by the sacrificial priests who claimed they were unclean due to their medical treatment of all classes of people. Around 200 BCE, the second tier priests/healers were prohibited by law from participating in sacred rites. The medical priests then began their association with ascetics and wandering mendicants, among them were the Buddhists. From Pali sources we find that the Buddhists were the principal path for the dissemination, organization and development of the Hindu medical arts. This new phase is considered the classical phase of Ayurveda and is known for its great healers.Incense burning in India is both a medicinal tool and used to create pleasing aromas. The Indian incense is prepared according to strict traditions handed down from antiquity. There are two methods used to create Indian incense: the coal method where bamboo sticks are placed in a fragrant solution with coal and aromatic oils, resulting in a distinctive fragrance (such a patchouli, agar, orange, lavender, etc.); or the masala method in which the bamboo stick is coated with special combinations of flower powders and aromatic oils. In the masala method, natural ingredients are used to create a paste, which is then rolled onto the bamboo stick instead of dipping the stick into a chemical solution (a less expensive alternative). High-grade Indian incense makers prefer to use sandal as the primary ingredient whatever its end fragrance will be. When they are 8-15 years old, the sandal trees are harvested, the wood is cut, crushed and then boiled. The precious sandalwood fragrance is then distilled for use in incense preparation. Following the oldest Buddhist recipes, in the traditional masala method natural resins, spices, flowers, aromatic and medicinal herbs are blended with a natural glue to create the finished incense.

Come browse through Maís Indiaís variety of Indian incense. Nag Champa Incense is very aromatic. It is musky and gentle with a melodic base and top notes in the scent. It is a favorite on Kashi Ashram. Primo Incense comes in triangular shaped packages of 25 grams. The 12 fragrances we offer are prepared from essential oils, wood and tree powders, resins and aromatic herbs. Auroshikha Indian Incense is made at the Aurobindo ashram in India. It comes in 16 fragrances in 10 gm packages. Precious Chandan Incense is a popular sweet fragrance and is used to purify both body and soul. Sai Flora Incense is one of most well-known Indian temple and ashram incenses. It is made using the masala technique and has a distinct spicy aroma thatís quite strong. The sticks burn for more than one hour.

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