Friday, 3 October 2014

How to Make Agarbatti at Home | How to Make Incense Sticks and Cones at Home

 

I have always wanted to make incense sticks commonly called agarbatti in India, from natural ingredients at home. After researching so much about incense making at home, I settled with two methods. The first method is very easy and all you need is unscented agarbattis and your favorite essential oils. Place the unscented agarbatti in a long ceramic box. Now mix your fragrance oils and then sprinkle it over the agarbatti. The drippings in the box can be reused again. Once the whole stick is soaked in the fragrance oil, tap to remove the excess fragrance and then place it in a glass jar to dry out for at least 24 hours. Once dry, your personalized incense sticks are ready. This process is easy, very simple and the unscented incense sticks can be bought very cheaply everywhere. The other method is making cones from natural ingredients. I thought of grinding my favorite herbs for making the cones, but I got a pack of fresh sandalwood shavings and they smelt so divine that I decided to use it instead. Making incense cones is a matter of personal choice, you can grind up any of your favorite herbs. Usually makko powder is used as a binding agent, as it helps the incense cones burn smoothly and evenly. Makko powder is a natural powder obtained form an evergreen tree and it' s smoke does no harm to the body. You can also use charcoal, but the fumes from charcoal are very bad for us. To make your own incense, powder your favorite herbs and mix it with makko powder in the ratio of 3: 1. Add distilled water and bind everything together into small cones, let it dry and your homemade incense cones are ready to be lit. I know many of you will be wondering, why make our own incense when there are so many varieties of incense in the market. The herbal incense that you make at home are very pure and can do multiple things like ward of mosquitoes, relieve headache, relax depending on the herb that you are using and also the intense satisfaction of making our own things that are pure. Since I had the sandalwood shavings, I didn't use the makko powder. It is very hard to get sandalwood shavings, so try using makko powder. I mixed the sandalwood shavings with pure sandalwood powder and made it into cones, I also added a few drops of sandalwood essential oil to it. Frankincense powder, sandalwood powder, dried holy basil leaves are all good choices to use for the making the incense cones. Get creative and have fun making incense sticks and cones at home!

 


 METHOD:
1. To make the incense sticks, take the unscented incense sticks and place it in a long container so that it will be easy to catch the drippings.


2.Make sure to completely wet the whole incense stick with your choice of essential oils, place it in a long glass tumbler to dry out for a day and your incense sticks are ready!



3. TO MAKE INCENSE CONES: Take the sandalwood shavings in a dry mixer. They smell so very divine.


4. I ground the sandalwood shavings to a fine powder and mixed it with little bit of sandalwood powder and distilled water to make a thick paste that can be rolled into cones.


5. Make small cones and arrange it in a plate to dry out for at least a day inside the house. Once completely dry, it is ready to be lit.


NOTES:
  • Make sure the bottom part of the cone is also dry.
  • Try to make small batches for the perfume to remain fresh.
  • For agarbatti sticks, you can use any combination of your favorite fragrance oils or essential oils.

56 comments:

  1. Brilliant Ramya! But what is makko powder and which kind of shops sell it? In West Bengal it is very difficult to get decent sandalwood stick leave alone, powder and shavings.The forest department sells sandal wood tree saplings though @ INR 40 a piece. I noticed leaves of the bottle brush plant smell very nice. Same goes for Eucalyptus leaves and bark. Can we use these. Is there anything else we can use as binder. Please enlighten.

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  2. Aparna,
    Makko powder has been used for incense making for years all over Asia and it's naturally a very combustible powder and burns evenly without producing smoke. You can order it online in any one of the herbal shops. Like you mentioned, you can also try using different tree shavings and your favorite herbs. But make sure it is completely dry and powder it well before mixing......

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    1. Hi Ramya Ji

      I am Jay from Mathura (UP)

      Can you send me full making process details about incense stick.

      I am opening a small manufacturing and i have no idea what is the process.

      please help and suggest on my email id jay.rasik@gmail.com

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    2. I M having agarbatti machine but struggling to make masala for black agarbatti can u please help me through email pradgb@gmail.com

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  3. Hi,nice creation.but what is Marko powder,translate in Tamil.Pls.thank you.

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  4. Hi Miges Billi,
    Makko is the powder got from Machillus Thunbergii tree. It was a natural binder used in incense for centuries in Japan because it burns evenly and smoothly without releasing toxic fumes.. Now it is used all over the world for making incense cones because it available easily online. We don't get it in Tamil Nadu and it can be easily ordered online through shops like mountain rose herbs. You can also use sambrani powder as a binder, if you don't want to use makko powder......

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  5. Awesome method ramya..
    But will you please tell me what does this unscented incense sticks and from where I can manage them

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    1. Unscented sticks are ready made incense sticks but without any fragrance, try unscented sticks for making agarbatti here: http://www.amazon.in/Unscented-incense-sticks-100-pack/dp/B004F0P95M

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  6. Thanks Ramya for your briefing.Can you kindly say , from where can I get the sandalwood powder and sandalwood shaving?

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    1. I usually get sandalwood powder from government khadi shops, you can also try online shops like ebay or amazon...

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  7. can i use neem barks instead of sandal wood shavings?

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    1. If you want to use neem bark shavings, dry it well and mix it with sambrani powder in the ratio of 1: 2 and then use.

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  8. Hi Ramya, can we get the regular sambhrani powder from naatu marunthu kadai and do this. Plz elaborate the procedure for using sambhrani powder. What else to be used along?

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    1. Hi Brinda, you can use the sambrani powder from naatu marundhu kadai. Mix 2 part sambrani powder with 1 part neem powder and pound both to get a smooth mixture. Add very little water to bind and make into cones, shade dry completely and light them once completely dry....

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  9. Can't I use fresh neem leaves paste with sambhrani powder and will this mixture alone burns as there is no bark involved in this?

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    1. Yes you can use both for making the cones. Since sambrani is there in the mixture it will work but I would suggest using 4 part sambrani to 1 part neem paste, dry well and use...

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  10. thanks good enough .

    mr.s.m.sabreen.- srilanka

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  11. Remya., how can I add perfume on invented Agarbathi. And which chemical use to

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    1. If what you are referring to as invented agarbathi is the ready made ones we get from the markets, you can follow the first step in the post. But try to use unscented sticks, if using scented ones add complementary fragrance. You can use any fragrance you prefer...

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  12. what if I want to make non-combustible incense

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    1. you can try making it with natural resins like guggul, frankincense and dried herbs....

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  13. Sorry main English me kamjor hu. Main ek Bharat ka borojgar aadmi hu kuchh karna chahta hu business aap agar meri help karoge to main agarbati Walla business suru kar sakta hu. Mera watsapp no. 9934327724 hai please ramya ji help me

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  14. Hi Ramya

    We are from Coimbatore,pollachi, and we have lots of coconut fine dust,(a by product of coco peat ) can this dust be used for incense stick production?

    Regards
    Joe

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    1. No I don't think coconut fine dust is apt for incense stick production...

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    2. what about teak wood saw dust? does it cause toxic pollution on burning? is it advisable to use them like Makko?

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    3. You can use teak wood saw dust but the problem is it will burn very rapidly so add a slow burning natural ingredient like sandalwood powder to it. Any incense will cause some air pollution but natural ingredients like teak saw dust or sandalwood powder will not cause any harm like incenses made with ingredients like saltpeter, synthetic petroleum based products, etc...

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  15. Hai Ramya ji. Myself from Malaysia. You got mentioned about sambrani power? What is the name in english or tamil? Can we get it online? I even haveheard about incense made from cowdungs. Do u have any formula to make bhatti from that? Nandri. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Sir, I am very sorry for the late reply. You can read about sambrani here: wildturmeric . And I am sorry, I don't have any formula for bhatti made from cow dung....

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  16. hi Ramya

    will you be able to assist us in setting up a small plant for incense production,just a guidance will be more than welcome as we will setup this in chattisgarh.waiting for your response my id amihyd@gmail.com

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    1. I am very sorry, I don't hink I have enough knowledge about incense production to setup a production plant..

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  17. Ramya sister tell me how to make agarpathi and sambirani i dont know where to buy the equipments and ingredients

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    1. Sambrani is a natural resin. Please give me some time, I will update this post very soon with all the details of agarbatti making at home...

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  18. Hi Ramya garu,
    I am shiva from Visakhapatnam we would like to do Incense sticks at home for my wife without any machines, can explain me the procedure of process and what all raw materials are required for output.
    Please do mail me @ shiva8905@gmail.com.

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  19. Hi Ramya,
    Can u send me the procedure of making agarbattis & cones using essential oil to kayalmadan.2006@gmail.com

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  20. Hi Ramya, Is there any alternatives for Makko powder? I can't find any makko powder here in philippines. I need it for my thesis, Please help me. We needed to make our own product which is making our own Incense stick. Thank you

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    1. You can try powdering any one of the natural resins that burn steadily like frankincense, benzoin resin or guggul and use it as an alternative for makko powder...

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  21. how much minimum price required for this agarbati making purpose?

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  22. hello mam,
    i wont to start buesiness of agar batti at my netive place UP .can u please share the detil how to make multi types f agar batti

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  23. Hi ramya
    pls send procedure of making computer sampurani at home for my wife with out any machines, mail me @ smahes1986@gmail.com

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  24. Hi ramya
    pls send procedure of making computer sampurani at home for my wife with out any machines, mail me @ smahes1986@gmail.com

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  25. Hi ramya
    pls send procedure of making computer sampurani at home for my wife with out any machines, mail me @ smahes1986@gmail.com

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    1. I am sorry I don't know the method of making computer sambrani...

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  26. Hey Ramya
    I am a student of Shri ram college of commerce, Delhi university and currently i am doing a research on incense stick. Can you please help me out? contact me at arihantj7598@gmail.com

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    1. I am not an expert in incense making and don't know how far I can help :). But you can contact me personally through Facebook message any time. My facebook page: here

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  27. i want to know about how to mix incense formula dipping to incense sticks

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    1. I use essential oils for dipping the incense sticks. Some times I use a single essential oil and some times I use blends with the ones that I have at home. Are you interested in essential oil blends or using synthetic fragrances for commercial purposes?

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  28. Hi Ramya madam,
    I am Jayatri Maji from Kolkata we would like to do Incense sticks at home without any machines, can explain me the procedure of process and what all raw materials are required for output.
    Please do jayatrimaji23@gmail.com.

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  29. Hi Ramya,
    I want to give training to poor people for making agarbatti , actually I have an NGO ,so please let me know from where will I get the ingredients for making agarbatti in chief rates .

    Thanks ,
    Sunanda Mazumdar
    North Bengal Sankalp Foundation

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  30. Hi Ramya,
    I want to give training to poor people for making agarbatti , actually I have an NGO ,so please let me know from where will I get the ingredients for making agarbatti in chief rates .

    Thanks ,
    Sunanda Mazumdar
    North Bengal Sankalp Foundation

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    1. Respected sir, unfortunately I am not an expert to advise regarding agarbatti making especially for commercial use...

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  31. why you used distilled water is it because there will be less germs in it and the minerals won't interfere with the burning?

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  32. i came across sandalwood chips. can we just light the chip, blow out the flame, let it smoke, put in brass plate and do aarathi with that?

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  33. Hi Ramya,

    Hope you are doing good . I have a query in dhoop stick manufacturing process. we manufactured dhoop stick by using the raw materials like charcoal powder,sambirani and essential oil (aromatic) .we tried with different aromatic oil flavors like jasmine, rose and sandal however we are getting the real fragrance while burning the dhoop stick. Can you suggest any better method to get the real fragrance from dhoop sticks . Appreciate your time.

    Thanks,
    Sundar.

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  34. Hi Ramya,

    Hope you are doing good . I have a query in dhoop stick manufacturing process. we manufactured dhoop stick by using the raw materials like charcoal powder,sambirani and essential oil (aromatic) .we tried with different aromatic oil flavors like jasmine, rose and sandal however we are getting the real fragrance while burning the dhoop stick. Can you suggest any better method to get the real fragrance from dhoop sticks . Appreciate your time.

    Thanks,
    Sundar.

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