History of Incense


Incense, a mixture of aromatic materials that produces fragrant smoke on heating or burning. It is widely used during religious rituals, worshiping god or goddess, repelling insects, getting rid of bad smells, Yoga, and meditation. It instantly makes environment pleasant as it starts burning through its fragrance. As you know, man is worshiping natural powers from very inception of civilization. He had different methods of worshiping the powers however; it is not clear to say when the early man actually started using incense during their task of honoring god. Indians especially the Hindus have had history of several thousand years that depicts their using the material to make environment holy during Havan rituals. Herbal Dhoop, Incense sticks, and incense cones are main ingredients of Havan Samgri including other ingredients such as Betel leaves, Coconut, Saffron, Pan Leaves, Rice, Cow Ghee, Sugar, Dry fruits, Fresh fruit, Cloves, Flowers, Ganga jal, Red cotton thread, Camphor, Mango leaves etc. The Havan samgri is however be different according to Hindus rituals for worshipping different gods but most of its ingredients remain same.

The history of incense is also shown by Greek, Japanese, Chinese, and Tibetan civilizations. They also show starting of using incense. It was consumed by Babylonians vigorously during diving oracles as well as offering prayers during 5th century B.C. One theory supports its spread from Babylon to Rome, Greece, and India. In Egypt, a huge variety of perfumes, oils, and incense materials were found used to preserve mummies. Several historians in the world had shown different views regarding the history of the fragrant however; they do not agreed on a single theory.