Indian incense is known as agarbattī in Hindi or perfumed incense sticks. India has a rich tradition of incense making that goes back millennia. Many Indian incenses have a unique scent that is not found in any other part of the globe.
A uniform and codified system of incense-making first began in India. Although Vedic texts mention the use of incense for masking odors and creating a pleasurable smell, the modern system of organized incense-making was likely created by the medicinal priests of the time. Thus, modern, organized incense-making is intrinsically linked to the Ayurvedic medical system in which it is rooted.
How to Burn Incense Sticks
People choose to burn incense for many reasons; whether you are burning incense sticks to relax, for religious purposes, or simply because you like the smell, it's important that you know how to use them properly.
Find a good incense holder. Something that can collect all the ashes and can hold the stick securely. It doesn't matter whether the holder holds the incense stick vertically, diagonally or horizontally.
Gently push the non-coated end of the incense stick into the holder.
Light the coated end of the stick with a match or lighter, or you can even use a stove flame. Hold the flame to the stick until it holds its own flame.
Let the flame burn for a few seconds.
Gently blow out the flame. You should see a red tip or 'cherry' burning on the stick. Soon, smoke will rise and your incense will start to smell.
Re-light if there's no 'cherry' or smoke.
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