Incense is one of the oldest forms of Aromatherapy, the ancient art and science that uses the subtle power of fragrances to re-establish balance and harmony in the many levels of our being.
Constantly and consistently used in meditation, offerings and to bring about harmony and bliss
Within the science of Ayurveda there generally eight Ayurvedic fragrances of incense, These are listed below, in no particular order;
Costen – Made to create a sense of well being, Costen is made from the Costus plant roots and honey, and soothes the nerves and enhances the sense of well-being.
Loban – Known for its sense of sanctity, this fragrant resin is made from a variety of Pine tree crystals which are burnt in temples across India to create a holy, sanctified atmosphere that the smoke naturally brings about.
Kasturi – Created for aspiration Kasturi is made from the fruit of the Manjal tree, it has a musk-like fragrance and is traditionally used to keep depression at bay and to keep a sense of aspiration in mind.
Mattipal – Known as the “Bodhi” Tree, the fragrant sap of the Peepal tree, is because of the fact that the Buddha achieved realization while seated in meditation beneath this tree, and it is said to bring about peace by creating a deeply peaceful and soothing atmosphere from the fragrant smoke
Sambrani – From the fragrant sap of the Sal Tree comes serenity. Abundantly used in many spiritual ceremonies since ancient times, the soothing atmosphere of calm and serenity it’s smoke creates is unparalleled.
Resin – As the name dictates, it is a concentration that comes from the fragrant sap of an Indian resin tree whose resinous crystals, according to Ayurvedic philosophy, when burnt, it greatly increases the powers of concentration, and create a spiritual atmosphere, whilst repelling bad spirits and conflicting vibrations.
Sandalwood – Since antiquity Sandalwood has been treasured for its purity, exquisite fragrance and purifying properties. Native to the Indus Valley area, In Ayurveda, it is often used to cool and calm the central nervous system, to ease anxiety, and exudes the potent attribute of purifying the vital being or life-force within the body and the atmosphere.
Triphala – Translated in Sanskrit as “3 fruits”, Triphala is a well-known Ayurvedic rejuvenative compound highly regarded for its harmonizing effect on all three of the doshas.