Incense Sticks - A Brief Overview4473809
Incense sticks are made up of aromatic plants (dried up leaves mixed with important oils) which release fragrance when burned. It is mainly used in religious ceremonies/rituals, aromatic therapies and meditational purposes. They are also used for making spiritual ambience and to eliminate poor odour. Historians suggest that incense may have originated in ancient Egypt, where in they were used while burying the mummies or on other religious gatherings.
Various countries have various methods to make incense sticks (it usually differs as per their culture). They can broadly be divided between direct burning and indirect burning incense. Indirect-burning incense does not burn on its personal and demands a separate heat source. On the other hand, direct-burning incense can be lit directly by a flame and then fanned down which later on releases fragrance.
Indian incense can be further be classified into two categories: masala and charcoal. Masala incense is made up of the mixture of a number of strong scented components, turned into a paste and then rolled more than a bamboo core stick, whereas, charcoal incense is produced by dipping an unscented blank stick into a mixture of perfumes or aromatic oils.
Unfortunately, most of the these sticks produced in India don't meet the right quality parameters and are consumed domestically. The one which are exported, are of comparatively better quality because of stringent quality levels and intense competitiveness abroad.
Even though the incense sticks industry provides a means of livelihood to lakhs of rural people, especially the women that as well in the tribal areas, this business is however to make itself count as an essential contributor to our GDP.
Lately, there were some reports that incense sticks can trigger cancer. Well being officials warned that lighting incense sticks, sometimes emits cancer causing toxins which is nearly as deadly as cigarette smoke or traffic fumes. The veracity of this claim remains to be challenged, before it is acknowledged worldwide.
General, the incense sticks industry is anticipated to perform nicely in the times to come, capable of knocking down every challenge whatsoever comes in their way.