Incense is a popular and trendy means of freshening up the air’s scent and improving the environment. A type of Incense that has fascinated me the most is Indian Incense. These are made up of natural materials used for Ayurvedic remedies and healing practices. Many people choose to use it while meditating, for relaxation, or to rid their rooms of unwanted smells. But did you know that some scent has the power to physically free your environment from germs as well as bad vibes?
While Incense has many uses in our day to day life, many incense products in the market includes synthetic in their manufacturing. These synthetics when burnt can not only pollute the environment but also harm lungs when inhaled for a prolonged period of time. It is almost impossible to differentiate if the product is natural or not. However, making your own incense guarantees the authenticity.
I wanted to share with you an easy tutorial on how to make Indian Incense!
Ayurvedic Incense DIY
The Sanskrit term Ayurveda isa Sanskrit term, which means “knowledge of life”; the teachings of this classical sagacity suggests that the whole mesh of living is entwined intricately. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the most ancient holistic healing practices. It originated more than five thousand years ago to balance the body, mind, and soul.
Ayurveda’s approach springs with an internal cleansing process, accompanied by a restricted nutrition intake, herbaceous treatments, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation. A long-drawn element imbalance usually heads toward exhaustion, lack of vital energy, and inadequate strength.
Ayurveda’s connection to Incense
Ayurveda has tested and applied the effects of herbal Incense regularly for generations. While visiting India, I came upon a specific type of Incense called dhoop or Indian Incense, a soft, malleable fragrance made from Ghee and herbs. Upon further investigation, I found that it is made with cow ghee and cow manure and milk. Now I know what you are thinking; this sounds pretty gross and can in no way be sanitary, but it is not. And it can get rid of germs when burnt.
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What do you need to make Indian Incense?
Ingredients you will need:
Firstly listed are the common Indian name of the plant, and secondly, the Latin name. Most products should be available through a local Indian products distributor(Indian grocery store) or online through Amazon or a herb dealer such as Mountain Rose.
1- Cows Ghee (clarified butter) – 2 gm
2- Cow dung – 1 part
3- Cow milk – 10 ml
4- Anantmula (Hemidesmus indicus Root ) –10 gm
5- Guggul (Commiphora mukul) Resin –10 gm
6- Dhoop (Boswellia serrata[ 20] )Resin – 10 gm
7- Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) – 10 gm
8- Kapurkachri (Hedychium spicatum) Rhizome – 10 gm
Instructions to make Indian Incense:
- Firstly you will want to assemble all the ingredients. The most challenging component to obtain is likely the cows’ dung and fresh milk. You will want to use cows that were treated in a humane and fairway. You might go about obtaining it by visiting a local farm on the outskirts of town and simply asking for a small portion of milk and cow dung. I highly doubt anyone would object; they would probably be amused and glad to help.
- Next, using a clean pestle and mortar, grind and blend the cow’s dung and herbs into a fine powder. If you have a mixer grinder/ coffee grinder/Vitamix, you could incorporate all the spices and then mix them with the crushed dung (to save time).
- Boil milk in a pan and add Ghee, then after cooling for a few minutes, mix into the finely crushed powder.
- Again, thoroughly mix to Create a fine even paste.
- Form the paste into small compact cone-shaped pieces.
- Allow drying in the sun or an oven at 40 degrees for four days.
- Store in an airtight container.
Note:- You can shape your Indian Incense however you please. Just make sure you use the right shaped container, pour the paste in the container, and follow the rest of the procedure.
Final effects of Indian Incense:
Once you are done with the process, you will be thrilled by the results. Your room will smell exactly the way you want it to be, free from unwanted smell, a perfect motivation for meditation and relaxing, and to be honest, I don’t have to worry if the smoke can cause any damage to my lungs as it’s herbal and harmless. The air’s scent is so refreshing that I don’t feel low even if my day has been rough, and the vibes are so positive.
Enjoy your homemade Ayurvedic or Indian Incense!
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