|TRADITIONAL CUSTOMS & PRACTCES|
Sambraani is a resin obtained from a tree. The dried sambraani (small
pieces or powder) is sprinkled on pieces of burning coal. The resulting
fragrant smoke is allowed to pass through washed hair.
There are various useful effects apart from the fragrance it imparts to
hair. It aids in drying hair faster. Also, it tends to draw the excess
water in the head & face, being a good treatment for those with a
heavy head from cold and sinusitis.
Sambraani smoke is also applied to new born babies, after each bath, to assure that the child does not catch a cold.
Special holders in various patterns are available for burning the coal.
When sambraani powder is sprinkled on the burning coal, the smoke drifts
out through the nozzles on the cover of the holder. Thus it is safe to
hold it near head and face.