Difference Between Indian and Tibetan Incense

What is the Difference between Indian and Tibetan Incense

Incense in some countries 500 years ago were used for medicinal reasons and fragrances. Countries like India are creating incense use in the masala method of high grade incense. Thus, incense long time ago was made from flowers, natural resins, aromatic or medicinal herbs, and spices combined with natural glue without bamboo sticks. But later, especially in India, cola method was used for creating incense where bamboo stocks were soaked in aromatic oils and coal because it is economical.

In Tibet, incense is prepared by monastic orders basing on fundamental principles and ancient, traditional systems of medicines which are originating 2500 years ago. This kind of incense is totally absent of camphor smells and non-toxic.

Tibetan incense is used as puja to purify and cleanse the atmosphere for meditation and prayer. Traditionally, Tibetan incense is healing incense that has been used for centuries. It is aromatic, non-toxic, non-addictive with natural herbal ingredients.

The ingredients of Tibetan incense are taken from a high mountain range in Tibet. The incense has special manner of preparation that is one of traditional arts of monastic order of Tibet. Most of the ingredients are saffron, negi red, and sandalwood.

Commonly, Tibetan incense is made without a stick inside which is purer and more potent compared to other varieties of incense. It has no artificial perfumes and is made of natural elements such as sandalwood, magnolia, hibiscus, jasmine and other flowers blended with Himalayan different herbs. Hence with these natural ingredients, the primary characteristics of Tibetan incense is its earthly texture and natural fresh aroma.

The Tibetan incense was created to treat specific ailment by tracing back from its original creator from the traditional spiritual centers or medical schools.

Tibetan incense
Making Tibetan incense.  Source: holytibettour.com

While in India, incenses have unique scent that is not found in any other part of the world. The makings of Indian incenses were mention in Vedic texts is for masking odors and creating pleasurable smell.

Rare ingredients of Indian incense, the Mattipl or Halmaddi which forms the pleasing sticky quality in traditional hand-rolled agarbatti. It is from the Ailanthus triphysa tree, a colored liquid resin that is molasses like when it is still fresh and hardens to a brittles resin with a distinctive balsamic smell when it is no longer fresh. They even mix with honey that becomes an unforgettable olfactory experience.

The oldest incense in India is the Vedas specifically the Atharva-veda and the Rigveda. Burning of incense was both for creating pleasing aromas and medicinal tool.

Indian incense
Indian women prisoners make incense sticks at a training session in Ahmadabad, India.
AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

We notice the difference between an Indian and Tibetan Incense. India is thickly populated compared to Tibet; thus, it is hot, lot of garbage, and everything in the streets are rots. What they need is a strong sweet aroma to bash those dirty smells. While in Tibet, it is in High Mountain and therefore it is colder where ice and snow are present so they need bitter aromas to warm. What mostly are used for their incense are juniper and conifers. Thus, Tibet doesn’t use bamboo stick inside.

Comparing Indian and Tibetan incense, the incense of more aromatic smell can have reactions to allergies. Thus, Tibet incense which is made from natural ingredients coming from a high mountain is better than the Indian incense.

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