Incense Sticks

Incense sticks are very popular choice. They are easy to handle, economical and do not require as much time as the burning of resins, balams, wood, bark, leaves, needles, roots, flowers and herbs on charcoal.

Incense sticks come in many variations and fragrances - for every taste and every occasion. Incense sticks are manufactured mainly in Asian countries such as India, Japan, China and Tibet for many centuries and they are an integral part of everyday life.

Types of manufacturing of incense sticks

There are two ways in which incense sticks are made:

Masala Incense

When masala incense, a mixture ("Masala") from resins, woods, oils and herbs is applied to a wooden or bamboo chopsticks. Indian incense sticks are made by using this method. In Japan, China and Tibet by pressing or kneading the mixture is brought in the form of sticks.

Dipped Incense

Another Production is to wrap wooden or bamboo sticks with a mixture of charcoal and sawdust and then dive into solutions with fragrances. This synthetic fragrance mixtures are very often used to perfume the incense. In our online shop we do not sell such incense.


The quality of Incense

With very high quality incense sticks, exclusively natural ingredients and no synthetic oils or artificial fragrances are used. Synthetic fragrances are suspected of creating health problems such as a headache trigger.

Therefore, please pay attention to quality information like "Only natural ingredients and no synthetic additives are used."

Price is also an important quality criteria. Pure essential oils are very expensive. Cheap Incense for pennies is likely to contain a large proportion of synthetic flavor oils and fragrances.

These artificially perfumed incense sticks you can normally detect in the smell: the smell is usually very intense and exudes not a particularly pleasant smell and subtle aroma quality of the incense.


Japanese Incense sticks

japanese-incense-sticks

Japanese Incense sticks use only carefully selected natural ingredients and the highest quality are used. The recipes and ingredients in Japanese incense sticks are kept secret by the manufacturers and passed on from generation to generation. For example, the incense of Shoyeido, one of the most prestigious manufacturers in Japan, still produced according to centuries-old traditional methods and fragrance formulations.

The ingredients are pulverized, mixed and then kneaded with water. The resulting dough-like mass is forced through holes and shaped into sticks, which are then cut with a bamboo knife to length and then carefully dried.

Japanese Incense sticks have no wooden support and produce less smoke. As a natural binder, the bark of the tree is used Tabuko that has no odor and ensures that the incense burns evenly.

Japanese Incense sticks are among the finest in the world. The price is determined by the ingredients used. Japanese premium incense sticks, which contain the most precious and rare agarwood of the highest grade "Kyara" can cost up to 1,000 euros per pack.


Indian Incense

indian-incense-sticks

The fragrance culture in India is very highly developed.
Fragrances are for the people used for thousands of years until the present day an integral part of their lives and omnipresent. Aromatic plants such as flowers, woods, resins and balams are burned for religious purposes, used as medicines for healing purposes or for daily hygiene. Presumably there were Buddhist monks who established the first incense by wrapping a mixture of resins, woods and herbs around a bamboo stick as a supporting wood.

Unfortunately, there is in the European market very many Indian Incense of inferior quality with synthetic fragrances that do not smell particularly pleasant and also suspected for health not to be safe.

With us you get only Incense Masala-style with only pure and natural ingredients.


Tibetan Incense

tibetan-incense-sticks

In Tibet the manufacture of incense has been a long tradition that dates back to the 7th century. Even today Tibetan pure natural incense sticks are manufactured according to ancient Buddhist formulations from the Himalayas without the use of animal or synthetic fragrances, since the occupation of Tibet by the Chinese but not in Tibet, but mostly in Nepal.

Tibetan incense sticks are made without supporting wood and have a larger circumference than the sticks of other cultures. They are ideal for meditation and relaxation, religious practices, for the expulsion of negative energies or just for the pleasure of enjoying a high quality product. Their scents of wood and spices create an atmosphere of peace and harmony.


Chinese Incense sticks

chinese-incense-sticks

In China, Buddhist monks began to challenge incense sticks with wood for support. These incense smells are as fine as incense with supporting wood, because the wood when burned develops a characteristic odor.

Unfortunately the Chinese Incense sticks are of poor quality and are often available in which you can not get pure natural goods already given the favorable price.


Native Indian Incense

native-indian-incense-sticks

The indigenous peoples of North America are very close to nature. In their belief, all living things, plants, animals and people, "Children of Mother Earth" have equal rights. The smoking of plants for cleansing, protecting and summoning positive forces or to expel diseases, plays a very important role in Indian tradition.

One of the most important Indian incense plants is sage (White Sage), which is used not only for burning, but also for medical purposes. Sage has a strong cleansing effect, both mentally and atmospheric. The Sweet Grass, also known as sweet grass or vanilla grass, smells, as the name suggests of vanilla. It acts also for cleansing and is used by the Indians for cleansing rituals or for sweat lodges. Sweetgrass is braided into pigtails you light at one end, then blows the leaves to be consumed slowly.

Other important Indian incense plants are cedar tips, sagebrush (often referred to as Desert Sage), juniper, Yerba Santa (holy herb), pine and Copal. The herbs are often smoky in bound form, known as Smudge Bundles or smudge sticks. Indian incense sticks are available from us. Indian incense sticks are very strong and in usually high quality and odor and its effect. They are ideal for cleansing or for burning outdoors.


How to burn incense sticks

Ignite a stick of incense with the help of a candle, a lighter or matchstick and let it burn shortly. Wag the flame out gently. The blowing out is frowned upon! It is said, that sells the good spirits.

Put the glowing sticks in a holder. This may be an incense holder with hole or be a filled with sand or ash vessel. '

Set so that the incense may fade quietly and slowly in a windless spot.


How to evaluate the quality of an incense stick

Similar to perfume one can distinguish several phases, fragrance incense sticks by:

The first smell, the incense exudes prior to burning.

The actual fragrance that unfolds when smoldering in the rising smoke. To test the scent of incense sticks, keep this place in a distance of about 30 cm from your nose (best near the belly button) and fan the smoke towards your nose.

The left over smell, this is the scent that remains in the room after the burning of incense sticks.

Depending on the type of Incense used there are different smells. Japanese Incense have a high content of essential oils. The scent is very fine and delicate, so that you can light the incense sticks at the same time also more readily. Incense with a high proportion of herbs and woods, such as Tibetan or Indian Incense, exude an earthy and spicy scent.


Burning times of incense sticks

Incense is available in different lengths and thicknesses, depending on their intended use. Common lengths for Japanese Incense sticks are 7 cm (about 15 to 20 minutes), 14 cm (about 25 minutes) and 22 cm (about 45 minutes).

Temple incense sticks are longer (33-73 cm) and burn 2-8 hours. They are  used in meditation and selected according to the duration of the respective ritual.


Advice

Keep the Incense in a dry and cool place, they retained their fragrance longer. High quality incense mature with age like fine wine, its aroma is softer and fuller. Treat Sticks like fire. Do not leave alone when burning or near fluttering curtains or leave children unattended when burning incense.

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Incense Sticks

Incense sticks are very popular choice. They are easy to handle, economical and do not require as much time as the burning of resins, balams, wood, bark, leaves, needles, roots, flowers and herbs on charcoal.

Incense sticks come in many variations and fragrances - for every taste and every occasion. Incense sticks are manufactured mainly in Asian countries such as India, Japan, China and Tibet for many centuries and they are an integral part of everyday life.

Types of manufacturing of incense sticks

There are two ways in which incense sticks are made:

Masala Incense

When masala incense, a mixture ("Masala") from resins, woods, oils and herbs is applied to a wooden or bamboo chopsticks. Indian incense sticks are made by using this method. In Japan, China and Tibet by pressing or kneading the mixture is brought in the form of sticks.

Dipped Incense

Another Production is to wrap wooden or bamboo sticks with a mixture of charcoal and sawdust and then dive into solutions with fragrances. This synthetic fragrance mixtures are very often used to perfume the incense. In our online shop we do not sell such incense.


The quality of Incense

With very high quality incense sticks, exclusively natural ingredients and no synthetic oils or artificial fragrances are used. Synthetic fragrances are suspected of creating health problems such as a headache trigger.

Therefore, please pay attention to quality information like "Only natural ingredients and no synthetic additives are used."

Price is also an important quality criteria. Pure essential oils are very expensive. Cheap Incense for pennies is likely to contain a large proportion of synthetic flavor oils and fragrances.

These artificially perfumed incense sticks you can normally detect in the smell: the smell is usually very intense and exudes not a particularly pleasant smell and subtle aroma quality of the incense.


Japanese Incense sticks

japanese-incense-sticks

Japanese Incense sticks use only carefully selected natural ingredients and the highest quality are used. The recipes and ingredients in Japanese incense sticks are kept secret by the manufacturers and passed on from generation to generation. For example, the incense of Shoyeido, one of the most prestigious manufacturers in Japan, still produced according to centuries-old traditional methods and fragrance formulations.

The ingredients are pulverized, mixed and then kneaded with water. The resulting dough-like mass is forced through holes and shaped into sticks, which are then cut with a bamboo knife to length and then carefully dried.

Japanese Incense sticks have no wooden support and produce less smoke. As a natural binder, the bark of the tree is used Tabuko that has no odor and ensures that the incense burns evenly.

Japanese Incense sticks are among the finest in the world. The price is determined by the ingredients used. Japanese premium incense sticks, which contain the most precious and rare agarwood of the highest grade "Kyara" can cost up to 1,000 euros per pack.


Indian Incense

indian-incense-sticks

The fragrance culture in India is very highly developed.
Fragrances are for the people used for thousands of years until the present day an integral part of their lives and omnipresent. Aromatic plants such as flowers, woods, resins and balams are burned for religious purposes, used as medicines for healing purposes or for daily hygiene. Presumably there were Buddhist monks who established the first incense by wrapping a mixture of resins, woods and herbs around a bamboo stick as a supporting wood.

Unfortunately, there is in the European market very many Indian Incense of inferior quality with synthetic fragrances that do not smell particularly pleasant and also suspected for health not to be safe.

With us you get only Incense Masala-style with only pure and natural ingredients.


Tibetan Incense

tibetan-incense-sticks

In Tibet the manufacture of incense has been a long tradition that dates back to the 7th century. Even today Tibetan pure natural incense sticks are manufactured according to ancient Buddhist formulations from the Himalayas without the use of animal or synthetic fragrances, since the occupation of Tibet by the Chinese but not in Tibet, but mostly in Nepal.

Tibetan incense sticks are made without supporting wood and have a larger circumference than the sticks of other cultures. They are ideal for meditation and relaxation, religious practices, for the expulsion of negative energies or just for the pleasure of enjoying a high quality product. Their scents of wood and spices create an atmosphere of peace and harmony.


Chinese Incense sticks

chinese-incense-sticks

In China, Buddhist monks began to challenge incense sticks with wood for support. These incense smells are as fine as incense with supporting wood, because the wood when burned develops a characteristic odor.

Unfortunately the Chinese Incense sticks are of poor quality and are often available in which you can not get pure natural goods already given the favorable price.


Native Indian Incense

native-indian-incense-sticks

The indigenous peoples of North America are very close to nature. In their belief, all living things, plants, animals and people, "Children of Mother Earth" have equal rights. The smoking of plants for cleansing, protecting and summoning positive forces or to expel diseases, plays a very important role in Indian tradition.

One of the most important Indian incense plants is sage (White Sage), which is used not only for burning, but also for medical purposes. Sage has a strong cleansing effect, both mentally and atmospheric. The Sweet Grass, also known as sweet grass or vanilla grass, smells, as the name suggests of vanilla. It acts also for cleansing and is used by the Indians for cleansing rituals or for sweat lodges. Sweetgrass is braided into pigtails you light at one end, then blows the leaves to be consumed slowly.

Other important Indian incense plants are cedar tips, sagebrush (often referred to as Desert Sage), juniper, Yerba Santa (holy herb), pine and Copal. The herbs are often smoky in bound form, known as Smudge Bundles or smudge sticks. Indian incense sticks are available from us. Indian incense sticks are very strong and in usually high quality and odor and its effect. They are ideal for cleansing or for burning outdoors.


How to burn incense sticks

Ignite a stick of incense with the help of a candle, a lighter or matchstick and let it burn shortly. Wag the flame out gently. The blowing out is frowned upon! It is said, that sells the good spirits.

Put the glowing sticks in a holder. This may be an incense holder with hole or be a filled with sand or ash vessel. '

Set so that the incense may fade quietly and slowly in a windless spot.


How to evaluate the quality of an incense stick

Similar to perfume one can distinguish several phases, fragrance incense sticks by:

The first smell, the incense exudes prior to burning.

The actual fragrance that unfolds when smoldering in the rising smoke. To test the scent of incense sticks, keep this place in a distance of about 30 cm from your nose (best near the belly button) and fan the smoke towards your nose.

The left over smell, this is the scent that remains in the room after the burning of incense sticks.

Depending on the type of Incense used there are different smells. Japanese Incense have a high content of essential oils. The scent is very fine and delicate, so that you can light the incense sticks at the same time also more readily. Incense with a high proportion of herbs and woods, such as Tibetan or Indian Incense, exude an earthy and spicy scent.


Burning times of incense sticks

Incense is available in different lengths and thicknesses, depending on their intended use. Common lengths for Japanese Incense sticks are 7 cm (about 15 to 20 minutes), 14 cm (about 25 minutes) and 22 cm (about 45 minutes).

Temple incense sticks are longer (33-73 cm) and burn 2-8 hours. They are  used in meditation and selected according to the duration of the respective ritual.


Advice

Keep the Incense in a dry and cool place, they retained their fragrance longer. High quality incense mature with age like fine wine, its aroma is softer and fuller. Treat Sticks like fire. Do not leave alone when burning or near fluttering curtains or leave children unattended when burning incense.