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A family run business, Nado Poizokhang is the oldest and the largest hand-made incense sticks manufacturer in Bhutan.
Founder Mr Nado began making incense in the 1960s with the encouragement of his abbot, the Gelong Nerchendrep Tshering Dorji. As a result of his training, all Nado Poizokhang incense products are made in strict accordance to ancient Buddhist scripture governing the materials used and the method by which sticks and powders are made. The recipes - some of which date back over 700 years - incorporate flowers, barks, woods, leaves, fruit, and roots, all organically grown. Most Nado incense products use approximately 40 ingredients while some special ceremonial incenses use 108 natural ingredients - an auspicious number to Buddhists. Many of the natural products used grow above 4000 meters and are collected by yak herders and families who live high in the remote Himalayas.
The main ingredients of the incense include sandalwood, clove, red sandal, cardamom, saffron, nutmeg, agarwood, pure honey, cane sugar, gum dammar, spikenard, camphor and juniper powder. To these are also added a wide range of other Bhutanese herbs and plants. All Nado Zimpoe (Palace incense) have the same ingredients with Juniper used for the base. The higher the grade of the incense, the less juniper is used.
Nado works closely with the Community Based Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants Project whose mission is to educate collectors in the sustainable collection and cultivation of natural products.