Incense and Its Roots in India

India have strong bond with use of Incense stick in everyday life. In world, India is popular for its different religion and cultures. A totally religious country like India use of incense take place in every small occasion or religious activities. Burning incense become part of everyday life. When people use to go for offices or in their work shop they start their day by burning incense in front of God/Goddess idol or when beginning of some new good things.

The bamboo method of making incense sticks is discovered in India and an ordered system of incense-making also introduced in India. Some Vedic texts mentions the use of incense sticks for purifying air and covering the odor gives a pleasant smell. The source of Incense is derived from Vedas, especially in Atharva-veda and the Rigveda.

Incense can be used for both purpose for creating aromas or Ayurveda Medicines which are famous in India since ancient times. It is considered a first phase in Ayurveda for healing. Making of incense is mainly done by monks in ancient times. Incense is largely used in healing practices and later adapted into the religious practices.

Incense are made up of essential aromatic plants and some biotic materials, today also incense is widely used in religious practices and medicinal purpose. The aromas created by burning incense make the environment pure and positive which itself heal many mentally disturbance.

Different religion use incense sticks in different ways (depends on their cultural aspect). Production of incense is mainly done through natural herbs and aromatic leaves. The acupressure method is only pure incense and no bamboo stick is used. Bamboo sticks are not wholly pure. Whereas the sticks with bamboo generate more fragrance than smoke. In India mostly two types of incense are used i.e. is charcoal and masala, in masala various mixture of incense are produced which are rolled over a bamboo sticks, whereas charcoal incense is made by dipping an unscented blank stick into a mixture of perfumes or aromatic oils.

Even though the incense sticks industry gives a means of income to lakhs of rural people, especially the women that too in the tribal areas, this incense making industry is driving and boosting economy at next level. Recently, there were some reports that incense sticks can cause cancer. Health officials warned that lighting incense sticks, sometimes emits cancer causing toxins which is almost as deadly as cigarette smoke or traffic fumes. The veracity of this claim remains to be challenged, before it is acknowledged worldwide.


Incense in India is been used since ancient times, not for pooja and religious activities but for medicinal use also. Indian Ayurveda, incense mostly used for healing and meditation propose. Gift of Forest the leading online market place for premium incense, Dry Dhoop Sticks and Pooja accessories in India. While buying incense check the quality, as some incense only create toxic smoke harmful for health.