Incense is an ancient rich tradition in society and religious occasions in India. Agarbathi is a word derived from ancient Sanskrit. It is mentioned in the old Vedic texts to be used to mask odors with pleasurable smells.
The modern system of incense making is likely created by the medicinal priests. In fact it is linked to the Ayurvedic medical system from which it was rooted long ago. There are over 5,000 incense companies in India today. A worker can produce 4,000 sticks a day. Many women work from home adding their own unique perfumes to the sticks.
Incense is used in Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and in the west during Catholic masses.
We have some in our room at the hostel and our favorite scent is sandalwood. It is a very popular, soothing, relaxing odor and though it is available in the US, would make great gifts for family and friends!
Sandalwood sticks and ground paste to be used in cosmetics and incense.
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Are there any incense fans out there?
If you like the smell of sandalwood, go to Fab India and get their sandalwood soap. There is nothing like it! I buy 52 bars each year to keep me and my family well stocked and smelling delightful!
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Thanks Judy, will do. Fabindia is a favorite, too!
I like Dynamo House incense. It’s a blend of 12 essential oils including gum of frankincense, essence of oak moss and balsam of tolu.
I sound like a cheesy advertisement but it’s quite ethereal (the scent, that is).
Sounds great. I will get some. Thanks for the information!
I love incense and burn it every day as a part of my morning devotions. I usually burn vanilla scented, but I have some amber resin that really speaks to my soul. 🙂
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Thanks for the reblog!