What Does Nag Champa Smell Like?

Believe it or not, you have probably smelled Nag Champa before, you just might not have known!

It is one of the most popular and well-known incense variants out there and it uses many different ingredients to create its unique smell.

What Does Nag Champa Smell Like?

If you’ve found your way to this page, then you are probably curious as to what Nag Champa smells like, and that’s exactly what we are going to be talking about!

Stick with us and we’ll be going over the smell of this incense (see also ‘How To Put Out Incense‘), as well as a bit of insight into its history, benefits, and more. So let’s get started.

What Does Nag Champa Smell Like?

Once you smell Nag Champa for the first time, you’ll remember the smell forever!

It has a very deep earthy aroma, which is very warm and calming. It is quite similar in a lot of ways to jasmine, and lots of people say it reminds them of the smell of the forest.

It has a connection to the halmaddi tree, so you can expect a lot of woody notes to the overall aroma. Another ingredient that is quite prominent in Nag Champa is actually sandalwood, which actually gives the overall scent a bit of creaminess.

This is an incredibly earthy incense (see also ‘What Does Dragon’s Blood Smell Like‘) that is perfect for meditation and getting yourself into a calm and relaxed state.

It’s commonly used in esoteric shops, so if you’ve ever been inside one and you’ve been hit with the woody, warm aroma, then chances are it’s actually Nag Champa.

Some of the main ingredients you’ll find in this incense include the Champaca flower, which is quite similar to Magnolias, sandalwood, which is used as a base for many scents, and haalmaddi, which binds other scents together and it is similar in scent to Frankincense and Myrrh.

Over time, more ingredients have been added to make Nag Champa, so some variants include things like ylang-ylang, rose, and orange blossom in to the mix.

Origin Of Nag Champa

While no one knows for sure, it is very commonly believed that nag champa actually originates from India because of the use of the haalmaddi tree in the ingredients.

Nag Champa has had a long history in India and has been used for many other purposes other than as incense.

South Indian women would use Nag Champa in the form of Champa oil on their body and hair which is one example, but it was Buddhist and Hindu monks who started using Nag Champa incense first.

Because of its relaxing effects, it worked perfectly for their meditation practices. Some monasteries even keep secret formulas and recipes for Nag Champa!

It found its way over to Western cultures during the hippie movement in the 60s and it has been popular ever since.

Though it was originally used for religious and spiritual purposes, its beautiful smell is one of the biggest reasons why it’s become so popular all over the world.

In Western cultures, it is especially popular for masking unpleasant odors, being used in meditation and yoga practices because of its relaxing effects, and it also helps with managing stress.

Though there are many different types of incense out there, Nag Champa remains one of the most popular and commonly used across many different cultures.

Benefits Of Nag Champa

As we have already mentioned, Nag Champa is especially beneficial to those who want to manage their stress and get their minds and bodies into a relaxed state.

It is deeply associated with spiritualism, hence why it is used in a lot of spiritual and religious circles.

Nag Champa is also known for clearing negative energies from your home and body. It is the perfect incense for anyone who wants to cleanse their environment and remove any unwanted negative energy.

You can use Nag Champa to smudge your whole house if you want to and the whole space will feel lighter and more positive in absolutely no time at all.

It is also perfect for anyone who needs a little extra help when it comes to falling asleep. Because Nag Champa quietens the mind and puts the body in a relaxed state, it can help you get to sleep a lot easier and a lot faster.

What Does Nag Champa Smell Like

If you are struggling with falling asleep at night, Nag Champa might be the perfect remedy that you are looking for.

It is also believed that Nag Champa is actually an aphrodisiac too. It encourages you to get in touch with your tantric energy and elevate your sexual energy. If you are looking for a natural aphrodisiac, this is the perfect one for you to try.

As it is great for clearing negative energies from your home and body, it also works well as a good purifier too. If you feel like your home or space needs to be purified, this is a cheap and great way to do it.

It is also believed that Nag Champa has antimicrobial features within it, so can clear bacteria from the air and make your space cleaner.

Chakras & Nag Champa

Lots of incense actually has connections to the chakras and Nag Champa is absolutely no exception. Nag Champa connects best with the lower chakras, these include the Root Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, and the Sacral Chakra (see also ‘How To Heal Sacral Chakra‘).

The Root Chakra helps with strength and stability, whereas the Solar Plexus Chakra and the Sacral Chakra help us with our sensuality and creativity.

If you want to open these chakras up and amplify these attributes, then burning some Nag Champa incense will really help you do that in a quicker and easier way.


Nag Champa is one of the most popular incenses out there and it’s no real surprise as to why. It is incredibly soothing and relaxing, it detoxifies your home of negative energies, and it just smells so good!

You have likely had the pleasure of smelling Nag Champa already, but now you have a better understanding of the scent, you’ll be able to identify it with one sniff!

Andrea Daehma
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