Sunday, 13 February 2011
Nag Champa is an Indian scent that is found in incense. Many celebrities enjoy Nag Champa as it is unique and natural. It is used during meditation, during a weed session, Bob Dylan concerts and anywhere else that seems appropriate.
Champa is composed of a resin that is found in the Ailanthus Malabarica tree that is only found in Asia. It is also composed of Sandalwood. The smell is strong yet subtle when burned in an open area.
Nag Champa’s popularity came about in the hippie era of the 1960’s. Americans began to travel more and after a few trips to India, our longhaired, free spirits brought back the Champa. Since then it has taken over. Other than incense it can be found in soaps, lotions, oils, and candles.
As mentioned above Bob Dylan is known to burn Nag Champa during his concerts. The Grateful Dead and Third Eye Blind also burn the popular incense during shows.
Chicago MC Common’s song “Nag Champa (Afrodisiac For The World)” is featured on Like Water for Chocolate, one of his most soulful albums.
Asher Roth references Nag Champa in his verse on B.O.B.’s "Change Gon Come". It is said that Nag Champa aids in meditation as it fills the air with a sweet smell that helps to clear thoughts, which is needed during meditation.
Do you use Nag Champa in any way? If so, when?