We have new sage smudges for the harvest season! We also have fresh Cedar, Juniper, Desert Sage and Sweetgrass for smudging. It is a good way to start the fall season, get your home ready for guests and lots of indoor activities!
SALE! Song of India incense sticks on sale until the end of January 2017! 150 gram pack is $6.00 and 60 gram pack is $2.75.
This helps to support R.Expo, a company that uses a portion of proceeds from this incense to support girls and boys in need in India. What the world needs now is more support of great companies!
Amber Resin. Warm, vanilla, sometimes citrusy high notes, always sweet. This substance is not resin in the strict sense of the word. It is not solely derived from trees or shrubs. It is not only plant matter. Good amber resin is made of butters such as Cocoa Butter or another type of butter, resins, perfumes, vanilla and other scents.
This wonderful scent can be used to scent the body, scent the home or scent products. it can be burnt on prepared charcoal. We have a small locket to hold a piece of amber around the neck! We have been told by some customers that our dark amber calms spirits. Another customer uses her amber to make perfume-real perfumers perfume.
Violet and Company has both light and dark amber for sale. The light amber has a decidedly citrus overtone. The dark amber lacks this citrus high notes. We sell amber on our website (www.violetandcompany.com) and on Etsy (VioletAndCompany).
This month we created a video showing what we do with little pieces of amber that are left over. Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shQI-4X4RaM
Leave us a message to let us know about your experience with Amber fragrance resin.
Mix together and burn on charcoal tabs
Like the Lemongrass Essential Oil from Auroshikha, there are several scents that have a calming effect on people. Calm and agitation all begin in the brain with a release of chemicals in response to a thought or situation. It goes to reason that there are things that trigger a calming response and one of those is scent. Scent is a powerful initiator of memory and emotion. Scents can be delivered using different vehicles such as via incense, via essential oil in a burner, via essential oil put on the body or through simmering whole herb in water *steam method*. Each delivery method has different results depending on the system used and the person using it.
Some scents used to initiate a calming response in the body are Lavender, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Sandalwood (promotes calm by encouraging a singular focus, thus quieting an excited mind) or really whatever else calms you. Perhaps a certain scent evokes memory of happy times and places. Just that happy memory will release the “happy chemicals” in the brain and calm agitation.
The vehicle you choose to deliver the scent can also play a part in the calming process. Sometimes watching a single, wispy, strand of incense smoke curl up into the air is enough to calm the mind and body. Some people don’t like smoke and prefer a water bath essential oil burner. Sometimes, if you are going to be out and about, enveloping yourself in a protective atmosphere of scent can provide that portable calming scent that is needed to get through stressful situations. Sometimes it is nice just to put a tiny bit of essential oil in with your face cream and apply it to the face or apply some to your hair so only you can smell it.
It is amazing what scent can do for you in your daily life. It can reduce stress and initiate calm when you need it. It can also be used in many different forms and ways. Let your own inner voice guide you as to what and how to use scent in your life. Life is what you make it; you have choices so why not make it great? As always be safe with using essential oils and only use oils and incense as directed.
Please leave a comment and let us know what scent you use to encourage that calming response in you!
Morning Star sandalwood incense is one of our personal favorites here. The sandalwood is a woody and dry scent. This great little 50 stick pack comes with a burner to burn your incenses in. These 50 stick packs of Morning Star are fun because they don’t cost an arm and a leg ($3.10 at Violet and Company), if you do like them there are enough in the pack to enjoy. If you don’t like them you can give them to a friend to try and you aren’t out tons of money. You can buy these through our Facebook Store for an additional 5% off (after liking our page 🙂 ) or you can get them in our eBay store or on our website
Eiju Spicy Sandalwood Incense by Nippon Kodo is a long stick sandalwood, with clove, cinnamon or other spicy additions. It is an amazing incense, most unlike any typical incense. Eiju comes in 70 stick packs and each stick burns approximately 55 minutes. You can find the incense here. $16.00 from Violet and Company Incense. As always, $35 worth of purchases gets you free shipping on the entire order.
A smudge stick is a dried and bundled plant. One can also use loose leaves in smudging, but before we get to the particulars of such a ceremony it will help to have an understanding of the origins of this Sacred practice and how it will cleanse, heal, and consecrate an energy field, or thing, or space.
The Origins and History of Smudging
People commonly credit smudging as being a Native American practice, but the use of rising smoke in Spiritual Rituals has been practiced across many cultures for thousands of years. The Ancient Hindu texts reveal this was practiced 6,000 years ago with the burning of incense. Smoke purification was performed in Egypt, with the burning of aromatic resins for religious ceremonies. It was practiced in Babylonia, Greece, Rome, Japan, Tibet, China, among the ancient Hebrews, and among indigenous tribal cultures around the world, with the Native Tribes of North America being only a portion. Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, which are an amalgam of pagan beliefs and practices, use incense in religious Ceremonies, adapted from the pagan rituals popular when the Christian theocracy was legalized by the pagan-turned-Christian, Roman Emperor Constantine, in 325 AD.
So the use of smoke to purify in a spiritual way is not exclusive to the Native American tradition, although we have them to thank for the wonderful and deeply spiritual practice of burning sage and other sacred plants as a purification practice. This tradition is a very beautiful gift and the most effective method commonly used in spiritual cleansing ceremonies today.
How it Works to Cleanse and Purify:
Smudging is an intrinsic part of shamanism, the world’s oldest medicine. Shamans recognize that every form of life on this planet has a spiritual purpose and a sacred consciousness. They know that plants have invaluable healing properties. Human animals, as it turns out, are not the top rung of creation’s ladder even though we think we are because we have big brains and walk on two feet. All beings, whether plant, animal, or mineral are divine and have sacred right to life; all have something to offer to the manifest “other.”
To approach a smudging ritual and to be effective in cleansing away negative energy, one must be reverent of the plant being used and even the energies being cleansed. All energy is divine at its core, whether Light or Dark. Respect for all life is essential to any smudging that you undertake. If you cannot feel reverent about this sacred practice, don’t do it. Find someone who is spiritually qualified and energetically prepared to do it for you.
Although many different plants can be used for smudging, indigenous American tribes consider four plants to be especially sacred: sage, sweetgrass, tobacco, and cedar. Each plant is considered to have a special function and this can vary by tribe and tradition. While sage is used for purification, sweetgrass is used to bring in positive energies, and its smoke is considered to carry prayers to the Creator.
When to Use Smudge
-If you are feeling down, negative, stuck, or in a spiritual low place, smudging is an excellent way to change things for the better.
-When your house, your property, or any place or space has been exposed to heavy and negative energies, or painful experiences and even illness, they should be cleansed with smudge.
-When you move into a new location, it should be smudged to cleanse the psychic imprints of previous occupants.
-If you feel the presence of bad energy in your living quarters, or if a solitary room makes you feel bad or uneasy by being in there, it’s time to smudge.
-If you want to create a protective barrier against outside negative influences, such as neighborhood issues, it’s time to smudge.
-If you want to make your prayers stronger and if you want to feel more connected to Spirit, it’s time to smudge.
-If your vehicle has been in a fender-bender or you’ve had a close call in your car, smudge it, inside and out, to remove negative energetic imprints that can attract more negative experiences.
-Cleanse second-hand items with smudge to remove psychic imprints of previous owners.
-You can consecrate and energetically charge your garden by smudging.
-You should smudge to clean yourself and your space before engaging in any psychic contact or spiritual ceremony.
-Hang a sweetgrass rope over the inside of your front door to cleanse all people and beings coming into your home.
-Walk around the outside perimeter of your property with a smoldering smudge to cleanse the boundaries of your living space
I don’t feel like writing a poem,
Instead, I will light the incense-burning vessel
Filled with myrrh, jasmine and frankincense,
And the poem will grow in my heart
Like flowers in my garden.
~According to a student of Hafis (15th century A.D.)
Violet and Company took about a year off, maybe a little more, while I remade our webstore. Now it is finished and the happy time of writing on the blog is back. This week we will start a series looking at frankincense, one of my favorite resins.
Here is a fun frankincense fact-during the times of the Pharaohs, the ancient Greeks and the Romans, most people didn’t know where frankincense and myrrh came from. Many stories floated around such as they were guarded by winged serpents. These things were held in secret in order to allow the countries where the frankincense and myrrh trees grew to have a monopoly on the market, making the resin trade very lucrative for them.
Rizzi-Fischer, Susanne (1998) The Complete Incense Book. Sterling Publishing, New York.
Photo by Violet and Company Incense
Grey sage or sacred feather sage is used by some in smudging ceremonies. Some say it is less potent than white sage; some prefer it. Give it a try, you might just love it! On sale at Violet and Company for $4.00 for an 8 inch stick. Leave a comment and let us know which sage you love and why!