What is Nag Champa made of / used for?

What is Nag Champa?

What is Nag Champa, and I’m no hippie, but I like the way it smells. So sue me. Anyhow, I’m wondering if there are any real specific aromatherapy benefits to it.

According to IncenseGalore.com, Nag Champa incense, the most popular of which is made by Satya Sai Baba, is created using a number of exotic and rare ingredients including a combination of rare Champa Flowers, Oil, Spices, Resins and few rarely found aromatic gums. The champa flower serves as its basis, although there are other spices and resins included to enhance the scent. Halmaddi is it’s key ingredient.

So it’s not an herb, or anything like that, it’s a combo of scents, ok.

I thought a good idea would be to research the exact nag champa recipe, but apparently it is as secretly guarded as the Coca-Cola recipe by the people who make it.This is what everyone can agree on for a few ingredients, though:

  • Champa Flower – Actually Plumeria flowers, but known as Champa in India. Scent is uplifting and intoxicating. Plumeria itself is used in aromatherapy for for letting go of tension and stress. According to RisingTideMedicine, Plumeria is nature’s potent sedative, induces a deep level of relaxation. When the need to say, I don’t care, I just need to let go and relax arises, Plumeria is a powerful aid to letting go and unwinding. This remedy addresses the stress and tension of modern life – insomnia, tight muscles, nerves strung like tight wires. Plumeria helps put life’s demands into a proper balanced perspective.


  • Halmaddi- According to Wapedia, Halmaddi is a grey semi-liquid resin taken from the Ailanthus Malabarica tree. It smells like the flowers of the plumeria tree. Halmaddi is hygroscopic which means it absorbs moisture from the air. This can cause champa incenses to have a wet feeling to them. The Ailanthus Malabarica tree that it comes from has purported ability to cure ailments ranging from mental illness to balding.

  • Sandalwood- assists nature in the healing of damaged and disorganized pathways of energetic life force. According to Lee Dobbins, it is also great as a tonic for a hyper active mind and is considered to be an anti-depressant as it can help to relieve hot, agitated emotional states and relieving people from over thinking and worry.


Azarius.net says that the popular type of Nag Champa, Satya Sai Baba means this: “Satya” means truth, the word “Sai” means Goddess or Mother, and “Baba” means Father, so the name indicates the Divine Mother and Father, leading you towards victory in the struggle for self-realization.

Also, according to the site, some people choose to create a haven for themselves somewhere in their home, a place where they can find some solitude and reconnect with themselves. While other incense fragrances are more common for home décor and scent, Nag Champa is primarily used for meditation and for creating that spiritual, sacred space in your home.

According to Sing Vineet, it is said to have an ability to produce a soothing effect, it can purify the air inside your home. It can also overpower the negative energies and create welcome surroundings with positive energies that can be more helpful.