Incense is a substance that’s burned to produce a fragrant scent. The word “incense” is derived from the Latin word for “to burn.”

Incense are plant materials burned to release their fragrant aromas. They come packaged in sticks, cones, and powders in fragrances from sandalwood to jasmine. 

Incense has been around for ages, and it still has a place in many spiritual and religious rituals in cultures around the world.

Incense burning was discovered in India and Southern Asia as early as 3300 BC. Used alongside worship and prayer, it was believed that burning incense could ward off evil spirits while purifying the surroundings.

Having a background in aromatherapy, our founder chose to develop scents based on their physiological impacts, which are used to aid in meditation and mood enhancement.

Today, burning incense is similar to the practices of various diverse religions, including Catholicism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, but its use goes beyond the spiritual, as it is now commonly used in yoga studios, wellness offices, and our own homes.

Over the centuries and into the present day, people throughout the world have used incense for a variety of reasons, including as:

  • component of various religious practices
  • tool to counteract bad or disagreeable odors
  • way to repel demons or evil spirits

Read on to learn more about this popular substance.

What is an incense made of?

Lighting incense sticks, agarbattis, dhoop is a common practice in most Indian households.

Incense is made of an aromatic material that gives a scent and a combustible binding material that holds it mutually in an appropriate shape.

The aromatic materials used for creating incense are typically plant-based and can include a variety of resins, barks, seeds, roots, and flowers.

Scented Agarbatti

The specific ingredients used in incense can vary by region and manufacturer. Some specific examples of aromatic ingredients that you may recognize include:

  • cinnamon
  • frankincense
  • musk
  • myrrh
  • patchouli
  • sandalwood

The combustible binding material found in incense is what incense may vary wildly in form, its essential function is to burn over time. Use a lighter, match, or other open flames to ignite the corner point of the incense. Allow it to catch fire, then quickly blow out the flame. What remains should be a smoldering incense stick that will slowly burn and release its aromatic compounds. The materials used vary but can include things like charcoal or wood powders.

Place the incense in a dish designed for incense or a bowl of sand. You can snuff out the incense stick by smudging on a hard surface and expected to let it burn out. Always keep incense stick and open flame away from any flammable materials such as curtains, paper, or dry herbs.

While the research on their health benefits is limited, there are still plenty of reasons to use incense. Here are easy ways to incorporate the smell-good tool into your routine. 

Benefits of Burning Incense

Benefits of Burning Incense

REDUCING STRESS & ANXIETY

AQUA and Sandalwood reduce heart rate and soothe nerves. this relieves built-up tension in muscles.

INCREASING FOCUS

Woods and Rose improve focus and concentration, so are ideal for working or studying.

PROMOTING CALM

Incense, particularly frankincense, has soothing properties and produces a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for meditation.

PURIFYING AIR

Nag Champa has antibacterial properties which purify the air like healthy food, pure air has positive health benefits.

PREVENTING INFECTIONS

Myrrh acts as an antiseptic. A Chinese study uses incense in hospitals for sterilization due to its antibacterial properties.

FIGHTING DEPRESSION

Burning Frankincense activates ion channels in the brain associated with emotions and alleviating depression.

STIMULATING CREATIVITY

Burning incense, such as agarwood, has been linked to heightened creativity, similar to listening to music.

TREATING INSOMNIA

Patchouli and lavender are used to induce sleep due to sedative properties resulting from their relaxing effect.

INCREASING SEXUAL DESIRE

Jasmine and Vanilla incense act as powerful aphrodisiacs whilst also increasing CONFIDENCE.

RELIEVING HEADACHES

Burning incense, particularly Rose, Triggers a response from the limbic system, resulting in the release of serotonin.

If you’re interested in burning incense for any of these positive effects, make sure to seek out the best quality. Incense made with low-quality materials and synthetic fragrances is a pollutant, especially when burned in confined spaces. 

At Aparna Groups, we make all our incense with pure essential oils and natural resins. We believe in keeping clean, and that starts with cleaning the air we breathe. Our incense sticks made with bamboo-derived charcoal and wood powders clean the air as it burns by pulling impurities and germs out of the air. A wide range of incense sticks from Aparna Groups are Masala Incense, Scented Incense, Perfumed Agarbatti, Dhoop sticks, Dhoop Cones, and Incense Cones available at the lowest prices. We manufacture high-quality incense sticks and supply them.