Nag Champa is the best selling
incense in my store, so
I wasn't surprised to learn that it is the most popular incense in the
world. Most people, even those who have never heard the name, will
recognize the scent – it is a sweet floral odor, much in favor in the
psychedelic sixties and in ashrams and meditation centers today.
Nag Champa is named for its
the perfume oil of the Champa flower. This relative to the magnolia
grows up to 100 feet tall, and is native to India, where most Nag
Champa incenses come from, Pakistan and Nepal.
champa tree with its profusion of
blossoms is highly prized in
India, and often planted near or in monasteries and around holy sites.
Nag Champa oil had been a traditional product of Hindu and Buddhist
monasteries for centuries. The flowers are distilled for their attar,
or essential oils, which are blended with a sandalwood base and a
variety of other fragrances. The recipes used by each producer of Nag
Champa is top-secret!
Use Nag Champa incense to purify ritual
tools and sacred spaces, and
as an inducement to tranquility when meditating.